|February 25, 2014|
Previously published on February 21, 2014
Metal-on-metal hip implants were once praised as the latest advancement in joint replacement, but since their introduction into the medical world, they have caused more harm than good. We have previously reported on Johnson & Johnson's DePuy settlement that reached $4 billion and affected over 7,500 patients. No matter what brand was used, these hip replacement implants have caused serious medical conditions to develop within the recipient's body.
Most recently, medical device maker Biomet Inc. has reached a $56 million settlement after hundreds of plaintiffs claimed that their M2a devices led to more injuries within their bodies.
Most recipients of defective metal-on-metal hip replacements experience the metal parts rubbing against each other during normal wear. Some patients experience swelling and pain, reduced movement, and/or muscle damage caused by metal shavings released into their bodies. Some patients require follow-up surgery to correct the damages made.
Biomet has not taken full responsibility for their products' malfunctions, claiming that their hip implants are not responsible for the losses and damages that plaintiffs describe. Even if so, the settlement is expected to exceed $100 million, with hundreds of affected individuals.
If you have experienced any pain in your hip after receiving a Biomet M2a Magnum or M2a 38 replacement device, this could be a symptom of malfunction.