Painful hips are a serious matter. After all, hips are the largest ball-and-socket joint, designed to stabilize and support the weight of the entire body. Today there are a range of range of treatment options giving hope to those with painful hips.
Unfortunately, there have been a number of cases recently where patients have suffered serious pain, injury, and even had to endure another hip implant surgery after being implanted with a defective Biomet M2A Magnum hip.
Biomet hips replace the body’s original hip joints. Hip replacement surgery is usually due to a fracture or injury to the hip, wearing down of the joint over time or osteoarthritis, or an age-related joint disease that can cause hip pain due to inflammation. Osteoarthritis is the most common reason why people have their hip replaced.
The Biomet M2A Magnum hip is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system, meaning that the majority of the components of this artificial hip are made of metal. In June 2012, the FDA convened an advisory panel to investigate the dangers of this type of implant. They found that the devices have an unacceptably high early failure rate and that they put hip implant recipients at risk for a potentially fatal form of metal toxicity known as metallosis. The panel concluded that there are very few reasons to continue using metal-on-metal hips.
Most reported problems with Biomet M2A Magnum hips can be traced to the device’s metal-on-metal construction. With regular movement, the metal parts of the hip can rub together and the friction they cause can release tiny metal particles into the blood stream. This can cause a number of very serious problems, including:
- Severe pain and Inflammation
- Soft tissue damage or death (necrosis)
- Difficulty standing and moving
- Clicking noises coming from the implant
- Optic nerve damage or blindness
- Peripheral neuropathy
In some cases, recipients of defective Biomet M2A Magnum hips have needed to undergo painful and costly hip implant revision surgery.
The M2a Magnum line was approved in the United States by the FDA under its 510(k) approval system, which doesn’t require testing prior to release, since similar products already existed on the market. A number of people developed pain and disability as a result of the M2a Magnum, and filed lawsuits against Biomet over the design.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have have been injured by the Biomet M2A Magnum Hip?
Possibly. If a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product, it can be held responsible to those who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the Biomet M2A Magnum Hip, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Biomet M2A Magnum Hip lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.