Hip Implant Patients Sue Manufacturer
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Author:  Badri [ 24 Oct 2017 20:04 ]
Post subject:  Hip Implant Patients Sue Manufacturer

There was yet another report about a group of people who are suing the manufacturer for problems relating to their metal on metal hip prosthesis. The hearing in a UK court is thought to be one of the largest product liability group actions ever heard.

I have previously written about problems relating to metal on metal hip prosthesis. Sales of the Pinnacle Ultamet device were discontinued in August 2013. Lawyers claim their clients were affected by the release of metal particles from the implants, which can damage the surrounding tissues and cause pain and swelling.

Some 312 people who were fitted with the Pinnacle Ultamet hip joint say they have had to have revision surgery after it failed prematurely. During the first day of the hearing, the court was told that after 10 years the metal joint involved had a failure rate up to six times higher than alternatives made from other materials.

DePuy who manufactured the Pinnacle denies that its metal-on-metal implants were defective and caused some patients to need more surgery than was necessary. Hundreds more metal-on-metal claims against a number of other manufacturers are said to be on hold pending the outcome of the trial, which is expected to last until the end of January.

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