METAL ON METAL HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUITS
Maglio Christopher and Toale, P.A. is a national leader in defective metal hip lawsuits. Our firm filed the FIRST metal-on-metal lawsuit in the United States. High profile litigation and verdicts include the DePuy ASR recall and settlement, the DePuy Pinnacle Hip trial awarding five victims almost $500 million dollars, and the Biomet Magnum and M2a hip replacements. Our attorneys have litigated against almost all of the manufacturers in the orthopedic industry. We have contacts within the orthopedic community, an understanding of how that community works, and extensive medical and technical knowledge about these defective orthopedic hip replacements.
What is Wrong with Metal-on-Metal Hips?
In MoM hip replacements, the metal ball and the metal cup rub together when walking or running and this causes friction. This friction between the metal surfaces causes microscopic pieces of metal debris to flake off and enter the body and bloodstream. This is called metallosis. These metal particles can damage bone, nerves, and muscles around the hip implant, causing the implant to fail. These kinds of injuries are often catastrophic to the patients. Some MoM patients experience unusual symptoms in other parts of the body, such as skin rashes, heart problems including cardiomyopathy, hearing loss, vision loss, mental impairment, kidney failure, or problems with the thyroid. The FDA says there is “currently not enough evidence to support the routine need for checking metal ion levels in the blood if patients with MoM hip implants have none of the signs or symptoms described.” However, our attorneys have found that many of our metal on metal hip clients say they had no symptoms but blood tests showed unusually high metal ions levels in their bloodstream, making a revision hip replacement surgery necessary. Leading orthopedic surgeons recommend that patients with metal on metal hip implants get blood tests for metal ion levels every 3 months for as long as they have the metal on metal hip, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS.
Report Your Problems to the FDA
There is something you can do: Report your adverse metal on metal hip experience to the FDA by filling out a MedWatch form. Hip manufacturers are required to report all hip failures to the FDA but often find loopholes to keep this data hidden. If the FDA doesn’t have accurate reporting of patients suffering from serious complications, then neither does your surgeon. Your doctors rely on FDA data to diagnose problems and know when a specific type of hip implant is having issues. Don’t let the hip implant makers brush your information under the rug. Most people don’t know that you can self-report problems. The FDA needs to hear from you. Empower yourself against these huge corporations who put profits above your health. It’s simple to fill out and an important way to make your voice heard. Here is a link to the form: File an FDA MedWatch Report
Questions to Ask a Metal on Metal Hip Attorney
Is There a Deadline to File a Defective Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
Yes, definitely. There is a limited period of time to file a lawsuit for injuries suffered as the result of a defective product. Do not delay in getting more information because it could hurt your case.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
Our Firm will review your information to determine if we can represent you. We might even be able to review some of your medical information over the phone. Often, we need the following documentation:
- The orthopedic surgeon’s office chart
- The operative reports for the original joint replacement surgery and the revision surgery (if performed)
- The device record for the original surgery from the hospital chart (this shows the product and lot numbers of the components of the device).
- If you have the hip device, we would like to see pictures of it.
We can help you track down many of these records. Once our attorneys complete your review, they’ll be able to tell you if we can represent you in your case. Because each case is so different, there’s no one formula to determine if you do or don’t have a viable case.
Why Hire Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.?
Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. has focused its practice on defective hip replacement cases for over a decade. Our Firm filed the first lawsuit involving a modern generation model metal on metal hip replacement in the United States in 2008. Find out what kind of experience any law firm you are considering has in litigating orthopedic joint replacement cases.
When do I meet my attorney?
Our attorneys understand that our representation is strengthened by our relationships with our clients. That’s why our attorneys prefer to meet each of our clients across the United States in person. This allows us to get to know you and your family better. It also gives us a deeper understanding of the impact of our clients’ injuries on their lives.
Will you refer my case out to someone else?
No. Absolutely not. MCT Law is not a referral mill. Our attorneys represent injured clients across the country in medical product cases. We work in partnership with the Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Nash & Franciskato on all metal on metal hip replacement cases. Our Firms do this to more effectively represent our clients across the nation with defective metal on metal hip replacements. Our attorneys are your direct contact in all aspects of your case.
How much does it cost to hire our Firm for a metal on metal hip replacement case?
There is no cost to you unless we recover money from a verdict or a settlement. Our Firm charges a percentage of any settlement or judgment. If you do not receive any compensation at the end of the lawsuit, we get no fee and you owe us nothing. Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. does not make a practice of referring out our cases to other law firms. We represent YOU.
Why our law firm does NOT sue orthopedic surgeons
We do not represent patients in lawsuits against orthopedic surgeons because, in defective hip replacement cases, the problem is with the device, not the doctor. Often your orthopedic surgeon can actually help your case. We believe the companies that made the hip replacements misled surgeons about the safety of their products. That’s why we limit our representation strictly to prosecuting manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of defective joint replacements.
Complications from MoM Hip Replacements
Has your hip implant snapped or broken? Some metal hip replacements have a very high incidence of snapping into several pieces. It’s a horrible complication and the FDA has even issued a Class 1 recall of some modular stems. Find out if your hip is one of the recalled brands.