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        Replacement Hip Joints

        In 2014, there were over 100,000 replacement hip joint operations performed in the UK.

        The vast majority of these were performed successfully without any complications. However, approximately 5% of those fitted with an artificial hip will require some sort of revision surgery.

        Sometimes there will be no obvious reason why the hip replacement will fail. At other times it will be due to the operation itself being negligently performed. However, there are also many examples of these devices failing, not because of unforeseen complications or negligence on the part of the surgeon or medical staff, but instead because the devices have been negligently manufactured or incorrectly labeled. Manufacturers of these devices have a duty to patients to make sure that their products are free from dangerous defects. According to the Consumer Protection Act 1987, if a patient suffers an injury as a result of a defective product like a hip joint implant, the manufacturer will be strictly liable for the injuries.

        There have been a number of instances in the past of defects found in replacement hip joints. One of the most recent and widespread defects has been found in metal-on-metal components which suffer from a fundamental design fault. The all metal design of these products creates considerable friction between the components, leading to the release of microscopic particles into the body which can cause to severe adverse reactions.
        Other defects may develop because of poor quality control techniques on the production line, with products approved for public use whilst carrying dangerous defects. Liability may also arise from insufficient warning labels being included with the product. Manufacturers have a duty to warn patients of foreseeable risks associated with their products and a failure to do so will be negligent.

        A faulty replacement hip joint could potentially lead to a considerable number of symptoms, including:
        • Loose components
        • Groin pain
        • Difficulty walking
        • Swelling
        • Clunking or grinding
        • Numbness or loss of sensation in the leg

          • We are currently investigating claims in relation to:
            • The Birmingham Modular Total Hip Replacement (BHMH Product)
            • Zimmer NexGen LPS femoral component
            • Zimmer Durom hip implants
            • DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip implant and other metal on metal devices
            • Corin Cormet hip implant and other metal on metal devices
            • R3 Metal Liner and other metal on metal hip devices
            • Finsbury hip implant and other metal on metal hip devices
            • The Biomet M2a-38 and M2a-Magnum metal on metal hip devices.

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