Top manufacturers of hip replacements face many lawsuits from consumers injured by their products. These manufacturers include giants DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, and maker of the Pinnacle and ASR models; Stryker, maker of the Rejuvenate and ABG II models; Smith & Nephew, manufacturer of the R3; Biomet, maker of the M2a Magnum; and Wright, maker of the Conserve and Protemur Z.
DePuy is facing more than 3,000 lawsuits, which have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging that the Pinnacle and ASR devices were defectively designed.
A New York Times article alleges that the DePuy metal-on-metal implants were introduced to the market without adequate testing a research, approved by the FDA through a less strenuous approval process that does not require clinical testing.
Stryker is also facing lawsuits from recipients of its Rejuvenate and ABG II metal-on-metal hips after it recalled both devices.
In November of this year, a woman in Arkansas filed suit against Stryker seeking compensation for injuries she allegedly incurred as a result of the Rejuvenate model. She received her hip in 2011 and suffered pain and complications so sever that she required revision surgery only a year later.
Wright also faces lawsuits. At least five people have filed lawsuits tied to the Conserve family of products (often referred to as the “Wright Conserve Hip Cup,” “Wright Conserve Plus Hip Cup,” or just “the Wright Conserve,” and “Wright Conserve Plus”)
Biomet is a defendant in a pending MDL in the Northern District of Indiana with Judge Robert L Miller, Jr, presiding. The MDL was filed in June 2012, a consolidation of more than 40 cases.
If you suffered as a result of a metal-on-metal hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm.