METAL ON METAL HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUITS
Maglio Christopher and Toale, P.A. is a national leader in defective metal on metal hip replacement 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. As a result, we have contacts within the orthopedic community, an understanding of how that community works, and extensive medical and technical knowledge about these defective metal on metal hip replacements.
What’s Wrong with Metal-on-Metal Hips?
In MoM hip replacements, the metal ball and cup rub together when walking or running and cause friction. This friction consequently causes microscopic pieces of metal to flake off and enter the bloodstream, resulting in what is called metallosis. The metal particles can damage bone, nerves, and muscles around the hip. These injuries are often catastrophic to the patients.
The FDA says there’s “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 find that many of our metal on metal hip clients say they had no symptoms, yet blood tests showed unusually high metal ions levels in their bloodstream, leading to a necessary hip replacement revision.
Leading orthopedic surgeons also recommend patients with metal on metal hip implants get blood tests for metal ion levels every 3 months as long as they have the metal on metal hip, EVEN IF THEY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS.
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:
- Orthopedic surgeon’s office chart
- Operative reports for the original joint replacement surgery and the revision surgery (if performed)
- 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. However, due to the unique complexity of each case, there’s no one formula to determine if you do or don’t have a viable case.
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. Therefore, do not delay in getting more information because it could hurt your case.
Why Hire the Attorneys at 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.
Can You Represent Me Even if I Don't Live Near Your Offices?
Yes! Our lawyers represent people across the entire United States. We are a nationwide litigation firm with regional offices in Washington DC, Seattle, WA and Sarasota, FL. When it comes to hiring an attorney, make your choice based on experience in this specific field. These are high profile medical product liability cases. Overall, the law firm you hire should have the resources to manage your case against huge multi-national corporations.
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 to Someone Else? Because I Don't Want That.
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. Subsequently, 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. In other words, 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 MCT Law 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. Rather, your orthopedic surgeon can actually often 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.
Investigative Journalists Uncover How Medical Devices Like Metal on Metal Hips Can Harm Patients Yet Go UnReported
Must See Video for “Implant Files” – Investigative Report Uncovering Terrifying Medical Device Safety Issues
Millions of patients around the world are human test subjects because of a poorly regulated medical device safety system. That being the case, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists teamed up with 250 journalists across the world to dig into how medical devices like metal on metal hip implants, are “tested, approved, marketed, and monitored.” The results of their 2-year long investigation are terrifying for anyone living with a medical device inside their body.
Report Your Problems to the FDA
Although your legal matter may seem confusing and only in the hands of lawyers, 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. Consequently, 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 or the FDA brush your information under the rug. Most people don’t know that you can self-report problems. However, you can 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:
Complications from MoM Hip Replacements
Warning about metal poisoning from your MoM hip implant. High levels of cobalt and chromium debris in your bloodstream can be dangerous. For this reason, it is essential to know the symptoms and the blood test levels that can indicate a medical problem in your body.
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 as a result, the FDA has even issued a Class 1 recall of some modular stems. Find out if your hip is one of the recalled brands.