What is Wrong with the Biomet M2a and Magnum Hips?

The Biomet M2a 38 and the M2a Magnum are metal on metal hip implants with a history of serious complications. The problems reported by patients are the result of the metal head (also referred to as the “ball”) and the metal cup rubbing together and releasing cobalt and chromium debris.  This metal debris has been linked to health problems like:

Biomet M2a Magnum metal hip ball, cup trunion image

Biomet M2a Hip – Ball, Cup, and Trunion

3 Steps to Take Now if You Have a Biomet M2a Metal on Metal Hip

1.  See Your Doctor for a Follow-Up Exam – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms.

  • Ask your orthopedic surgeon if he or she is aware of the research on adverse reaction to metal debris (ARMD), pseudotumors, and tissue death from Biomet M2a hips.  You can review the latest research yourself here.
  • You may want to request a MARS MRI, or CAT scan of your hip to look for pseudotumors or adverse reaction to metal debris ARMD even if you don’t have any symptoms. Doctors may not know to look for a MoM hip problem if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Ask your doctor to test your blood for high levels of cobalt or chromium.  The friction between the metal cup and ball rubbing together can cause microscopic metal particles to rub off and enter your bloodstream.  This can be a sign of metallosis, which can cause devastating medical conditions.
  • A portion of the M2a Magnum system is titanium. There have been recommendations that patients with the M2a Magnum also need to be concerned about the effects of titanium debris and should also be tested for titanium in their blood.

2.  Hire an Attorney BEFORE Your Biomet M2A or Biomet Magnum Revision, If Possible

It is extremely important to preserve removed Biomet M2A and Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacements for evidence.

In addition, it is important to preserve pathology specimens which document the amount and effect of the metal debris generated by the metal on metal hip replacement.

Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is a leader in obtaining and preserving such evidence. We can help your surgeon retrieve and store the device and specimens.

If you already had revision surgery, don’t worry.  Our attorneys will likely still be able to recover evidence from your procedure.  That’s why we work as a team with your orthopedic surgeon.

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Metal Hip Replacement Medical Record Stickers

Figure 1: Example of Hip Implant Record

3.  Get a Copy of Your Hip Implant Records

Your hip implant record is a key piece of evidence in your case.  Ask your surgeon to give you a copy of the implant record and the operative notes.  Click here to see a replica of an implant record.

The implant record is a piece of paper with stickers on it (see Figure 1). These labeled stickers are removed from the hip implant packaging before surgery.

The stickers will show what brand of hip device you have and may include a barcode or serial numbers.

The implant record also typically includes the patient’s name, date of surgery, and the hospital where the hip replacement surgery was performed.

What if I Have Trouble Getting These Medical Records?

These are your personal medical records and you have a right to a copy of them.

The Biomet hip replacement attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. can help you collect and review these medical records in order to preserve evidence for a claim.

Please contact us immediately to begin a case evaluation. You can call us at (888) 952-5242 or fill out our form below.

Our Extensive Legal Experience in Metal-on-Metal Hip Litigation

➨Our attorneys represent clients in the FIRST trial against Biomet in the United States. The trial date is set for September 2018.

➨Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is one of only a handful of law firms in the nation that has reviewed the millions of discovery documents involved in this litigation.

➨ Our attorneys have personally questioned under oath dozens of orthopedic hip manufacturer’s employees from all over the world, including surgeons, designers, marketing executives, and corporate CEOs.

➨ In 2008 the Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. Law Firm filed the first lawsuit in the United States against a manufacturer of the current generation of defective metal-on-metal hip replacements. Ever since we have been at the forefront of litigation against the makers of these defective medical devices across the United States.

➨ We have developed contacts within the orthopedic community, an understanding of how that community works, and we have extensive medical and technical knowledge about defective orthopedic hip replacements.

➨ We are aggressively and actively litigating Biomet cases through the U.S. state and federal court systems.  We are not waiting for a settlement that may never come because our clients need justice now.

Recent Lawsuits Filed Against Biomet by Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.

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Florida Biomet Magnum Hip Lawsuit: Metal Poisoning, Safety Loopholes and Secret Marketing Campaigns

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL – May 3, 2018)  Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. files yet another lawsuit against Biomet Orthopedics on behalf of 3 Florida patients who all had to undergo traumatic hip revision surgery because ...
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Heavy Metal Poisoning from a Biomet Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Destroys Patient’s Pelvis

(San Francisco, CA – April 26, 2018) A team of attorneys led by Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. has filed a lawsuit in San Francisco, CA against Biomet Orthopedics on behalf of a patient who ...
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Attorneys Ready for the First Trial in the US Against Biomet Over M2a Hip Replacements

Attorneys Ready for the First Trial in the US Against Biomet Over M2a Hip Replacements

(Sarasota, FL - March 20, 2018) The first Biomet M2a metal on metal hip replacement trial in the United States is set for September 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  It is a significant legal challenge ...
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Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. in the News About Biomet Hip Lawsuits

Watch the KIRO7 Seattle news story below to learn more about how our attorneys are representing Biomet M2a hip clients across the country.

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Biomet M2a Hip Replacement Litigation Timeline

We get many calls asking for news on the Biomet M2a Litigation. The timeline below only applies to the legal work done by the attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. on behalf of our clients. If you have questions about your Biomet metal on metal hip and how it relates to this litigation, please contact us at 888.952.5242 or complete the form at the bottom of this page.

A Florida judge allows the attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. to go after punitive damages against Zimmer Biomet as part of three Florida residents' lawsuit in Fort Lauderdale. Punitive damages are a type of financial punishment against a company for intentionally bad behavior or misconduct. The standard for punitive damages in civil court is similar to the standard in criminal court for manslaughter. In order to include punitive damages in their lawsuit, these ...
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Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is the only law firm in the country allowed to question Biomet representatives under oath about the connection between alleged unethical business practices and their M2a metal on metal hip implants. In a courtroom hearing, our legal team won the ability to force Biomet to sit for depositions.  During these interviews, top Biomet staff will have to answer our questions about giving financial kickbacks to the surgeons, including those who designed the ...
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Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A., and its partner Nash & Franciskato are the ONLY law firms in the country to demand and get access to internal Biomet documents showing dangerous quality control issues at the plant where Biomet made the M2a Hips. Uncovering the Full FDA Inspection Report of Biomet's Warsaw Facility In the fall of 2016, the FDA released a site inspection report of the Biomet facility in Warsaw, Indiana where all M2a metal on ...
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Losing patience with Biomet, the Court forces Biomet to produce its internal communications with its sales representatives and to explain what efforts it actually took to find the requested communications. Read Order Forcing Biomet to Produce Internal Communications ...
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In extensive arguments with Biomet, Maglio Christopher and Toale, P.A., convinced the court that Biomet's search protocols for the MDL documents were so poor that they resulted in the production of a large number of useless and irrelevant documents. These only served to confuse the issues and make more difficult the job of proving Biomet's bad conduct.  Scoring a critical victory, Biomet was forced to adopt new search protocols authored by Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A ...
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Upset that Biomet has seemingly sat on its hands for nearly a year, the court forced Biomet to produce to our clients all audio and video files responsive to the request. The court also warns Biomet to stop using its inferior production of documents in the MDL as an excuse to not produce documents to plaintiffs in state court.  The judge wrote in the order, "Biomet cannot utilize its 'confusion' or its production of discovery ...
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As Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. turned up the heat on Biomet requesting documents related to their M2a metal on metal hips, Biomet fought back by adopting a "scorched earth" strategy of multiple objections to every single request for documents by our clients. In November 2015, a state court in Florida ruled for our clients and forced Biomet to produce documents relating not only to the M2a Magnum metal on metal hip implant but the ...
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In the American court system, federal and state courts operate completely independently of each other.   Biomet's victories up until this point all occurred in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL), which is part of the federal court system. Suspicious that the MDL may not be the best place to litigate our cases at this early stage of the fight against Biomet, Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. instead chose to file our clients' cases in state court, out ...
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The threat of a trial is typically a very strong bargaining chip to help sides reach a settlement in a case.   For plaintiffs, the bargaining chip is that a trial will ensure that bad behavior of the defendant becomes public and the company may end up having a large jury verdict against it. Without the documents to prove their claim though, Biomet recognized that the plaintiffs in the MDL were in a weak bargaining position.  ...
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During the "discovery" phase of a case, the patients suing Biomet are allowed to request documents and depositions (interviews) from Biomet in order to "discover" evidence for their eventual trial.  Unfortunately, the plaintiffs (patients suing Biomet) in the MDL faced a huge setback in this process early on in this litigation. The Problem with the Biomet MDL Discovery Typically, documents will be produced in a case only after they are requested.  Especially when there is a lawsuit ...
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In October of 2012, a federal judicial panel consolidated lawsuits across the United States involving the Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacements into one federal court.  This move created Multi-District Litigation (MDL) No. 2391. What is an MDL? The point of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) is to help a lot of similar cases efficiently handle pre-trial issues (such as evidence-gathering) that may be shared between the cases.  While they may seem alike at first glance, an MDL is NOT a class action lawsuit.  ...
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Biomet Issues “Hazard Alert” for M2a Hip Implants in Australia

Biomet stopped supply and sales of its M2a hip replacement components and canceled them from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

In February 2015, Biomet issued a “hazard alert” for these metal on metal (MoM) components because the Australian Orthopaedic Association has data showing a much higher than expected revision rate.
Read the Australian Hazard Alert Here

Biomet Sends Warning Letters to Surgeons in Europe

In April 2016 the company sent letters to surgeons in Europe admitting the M2a hip had a higher than expected revision rate. The warning is called a Field Safety Corrective Action and is based on data collected by the National Joint Registry for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, Biomet sent NO similar warnings for U.S. surgeons to follow up with their patients.
Read the Biomet Field Safety Notice Here

Common Reactions to Biomet M2a Hips

ARMD Adverse Reaction to Metal Debris from Hip Replacement

Cobalt Chromium Poisoning and Metallosis

Microscopic debris from metal rubbing on metal in your Biomet M2a hip replacement can trigger a serious metal poisoning reaction. Some of the medical complications from this metal poisoning include heart problems, vision loss, tissue death around the joint, dementia, hearing loss, even death.

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Pseudotumors

Research on Biomet Metal on Metal (MoM) hip patients finds tissue damage and pseudotumors around the joint, even when the patient has NO symptoms, like pain, clicking, or swelling.  Metal reactions to Biomet Magnum and M2a hip replacements are often not seen on X-rays and blood tests, according to researchers. Some pseudotumors can only be found by performing a MARS MRI or CT scan, even when X-rays and blood tests for metal ions show nothing abnormal. In one study (Bosker, et. al), out of 107 patients with Biomet M2a hips, 42 had pseudotumors (39%) but only 12% of the patients in this study had surgery to remove the Biomet implant at 4.5 years.

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Heart Damage - Cardiomyopathy - from Cobalt Toxicity

Recently published research shows that high cobalt levels from a Biomet M2a-Magnum hip can cause irreversible heart damage. The microscopic metal shards that flake off from the metal cup and ball rubbing together can flow into the bloodstream and damage your heart muscle. This form of systemic injury means the cobalt debris from the MoM hip implant can actually cause traumatic disease and injury throughout the entire body and not just in the hip area.

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Scientific Research Involving Biomet M2a Hips and Adverse Reactions

Higher Wear Rates for Biomet Metal on Metal Hips than Other Failed MoM Hips

Title: Explant Analysis of the Biomet Magnum/ReCap metal-on-metal hip joint Abstract Metal-on-Metal (MoM) hip resurfacing implants and MoM total hip ...
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Biomet M2a Magnum Hip is Hard to Revise

Biomet M2a Magnum Hip is Hard to Revise

Title: Modular to Monoblock: Difficulties of Detaching the M2a-Magnum Head Are Common in Metal on Metal Revisions Where Are We ...
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Study: Biomet M2a Magnum Heads Increase Risks of Bleeding, Infection, Fracture During Revision Surgery

Study: Biomet M2a Magnum Heads Increase Risks of Bleeding, Infection, Fracture During Revision Surgery

Title: Modular to Monoblock: Difficulties of Detaching the M2a-Magnum Head Are Common in Metal-on-metal Revisions Abstract Metal-on-Metal total hip arthroplasty ...
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Study Finds Metal on Metal Hip Implants Cause Higher Metal Ion Levels than Resurfacings

Study Finds Metal on Metal Hip Implants Cause Higher Metal Ion Levels than Resurfacings

Title: Higher Blood Cobalt and Chromium Levels in Patients with unilateral metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasties compared to hip resurfacing Abstract High ...
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Nearly 9% Chance of Pseudotumors 5 Years After Biomet Magnum M2a MoM Hip Implant

Nearly 9% Chance of Pseudotumors 5 Years After Biomet Magnum M2a MoM Hip Implant

Title: A 5-year survival analysis of 160 Biomet Magnum M2a metal-on-metal total hip prostheses Abstract Large-head metal-on-metal (MoM) total hip ...
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Monitor for Cobalt Chromium Levels and Pseudotumors Very Early On

Monitor for Cobalt Chromium Levels and Pseudotumors Very Early On

Title: Clinical and Wear Analyses of 9 Large Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Prostheses Abstract All patients in this study had the ...
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Metal on Metal Hips Cause 26-Times Increase in Cobalt and 15 Times Increase in Chromium Levels

Metal on Metal Hips Cause 26-Times Increase in Cobalt and 15 Times Increase in Chromium Levels

Title: The Effect of Different Bearing Surfaces on Metal Ion Levels in Urine Following 28mm Metal-on-Metal and 28mm Metal-on-Polyethylene Total ...
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Pseudotumor in a Patient with a Biomet Hip Implant

Pseudotumor in a Patient with a Biomet Hip Implant

Research Title: Pseudotumor in Large-Diameter Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Articulation Abstract This case study focuses on a patient who experienced pain ...
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