There are a number of reasons why someone would need a hip replacement. For some an accident may have warranted a hip implant. For others, years of use have required a knee implant. Whatever the reason, if you have had a defective metal on metal knee implant you may have a claim for compensation.
The Wright hip system is one of many hip implants that used metal on metal components. The metal on metal hip implant solution was said to be more durable. After a number of complaints by patients, people began to raise questions regarding the safety of the Wright hip replacement system. On average a hip replacement should last about 12 to 20 years. Some of these hips replacements have lasted as little as 3 to 4 years.
The Profemur Z hip implant has a failure rate of 11.2 percent failure rate, according to the 2009 Australian Orthopaedic Associationregistry but has not been recalled. Patients who needed corrective surgery due to a defective Wright hip implants have filed lawsuits. One such Woman is Virgina M. Welch a woman from Arizona. Ms. Welch claimed that her device failed in approximately three years. Her lawsuit alleges that her hip replacement required removal of the implant. Her case is pending in the US District Court of Arizona.
One of the problems with the defective design in the Wright system is that part of the implant can be bent or become fractured during use. Once the implant is damaged the patient can experience severe pain and suffering. Once this happens the implant will need to be replaced through surgery.
Some of the symptoms associated with defective Wright Hip Replacements include the following:
What You Can Do If You Have A Defective Hip Replacement
If you have had a defective Wright hip replacement implanted, you should consult with your physician immediately. If it is found that your hip replacement is faulty, you might have a claim for compensation. To receive help with your case, please contact us. We are not a law firm but can help you find an attorney for your case.
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