Modern medicine has advanced to the point where several of the body’s joints can be surgically replaced. Joints are often replaced if you suffer a significant injury to the joint, or if the joint and surrounding tissue have worn down and joint movement has become painful or limited.
Hips are among the most commonly replaced joints, particularly in older individuals. Sometimes, people that undergo a hip replacement surgery suffer serious complications following the operation. For instance, several hip implants have been found defective, leading to numerous hip replacement class action lawsuits. In other cases, the hip implant is safe, but the surgeon did not properly insert the replacement. In the latter situation, you might have a medical malpractice claim against your physician, and you should reach out to our experienced hip replacement lawyers for a free case evaluation.
Unsafe hip implants and surgical mistakes can cause extreme pain, physical limitations, and have an overwhelmingly negative impact upon the lives of the elderly. If you were harmed, or your love one was injured because of a faulty hip replacement, call a hip replacement lawyer at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC as soon as you can. An experienced and knowledgeable Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer from our firm will listen to your story and advise you about your potential legal options. If we determine that your injuries were caused by a careless medical provider, or a faulty hip implant, we will fight hard for you to recover the compensation that you deserve.
Possible Hip Replacement Complications
After a single or double hip replacement surgery, you are typically going to experience pain, discomfort, and mobility issues while you heal because a hip replacement surgery is a serious and invasive procedure. However, once you are healed, you should experience a greater freedom of movement without pain. On the other hand, if your physician inserted a defective hip implant or did not perform the procedure correctly, you will likely continue to experience hip replacement problems.
Some common hip replacement complications include:
- Hip Pain: Pain after a hip replacement surgery is not uncommon, but it might be a sign that something is wrong. If you are experiencing severe or chronic pain in the location where you had the joint replaced, it might be because of physician negligence or a product defect. You should seek out a secondary medical opinion from a new provider about your condition and then contact our hip replacement lawyers.
- Buttock Pain: If you experience buttock pain after a hip replacement surgery, you should follow-up right away with your physician. That might be a sign that the hip implant has loosened, slipped, or fractured. It also could be a symptom of an improperly placed implant. If your implant was inserted incorrectly, contact us to discuss whether you have a claim.
- Thigh Pain: Hip replacement post-surgical problems like thigh pain could be a sign that the implant has loosened or shifted. It might also be a sign that your hip replacement has failed. When you are experiencing thigh pain after a hip replacement surgery, seek medical attention and talk with our hip replacement lawyers about your legal rights.
- Nerve Damage: Hip replacement nerve damage can manifest as a tingling sensation, pins and needles, a burning sensation, or chronic pain. Over time, neuropathy can result in a loss of sensation or reduced mobility. That could be the result of a mistake by the surgeon, anesthesiologist, or another medical professional. Some hip replacement patients experience femoral nerve damage after a hip replacement surgery. That is a rare, but disabling complication. If you are suffering from damage to your femoral, sciatic, or any other nerves, contact us immediately.
- Leg Length: Following a hip replacement surgery, the length of your leg might change. That is a possible complication that your surgeon should have warned you about. A small leg length discrepancy is expected. However, a significant length difference can lead to further complications and pain. If you are suffering from a noticeable leg length discrepancy after hip replacement, call us right away.
- Infections: When you undergo hip replacement surgery, your medical team and the facility’s staff should take every action to prevent an infection. If you suffer from a hip replacement infection, it might be a sign of malpractice.
- Product Defects: Several hip implants and components have been found to cause significant complications and hip replacement failures over the years. Hip implant brands that have been recalled as defective medical devices in recent years include Stryker, DePuy, and Wright replacement systems.
Stryker Hip Replacements
The Stryker hip recall involves the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. The company issued a voluntary recall about three years after those devices entered the market. The reason for the recall was that tissue around the surgical site was prone to suffer serious, adverse reactions to particle shedding. Essentially, there was friction between the neck and stem of the implant, which is made of cobalt and chromium. That friction lead to toxic metal particles damaging the surrounding tissue.
DePuy Hip Replacements
DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular System was also recalled following a demand for the same from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That implant led to similar issues as the Stryker metal-on-metal implant. Metal particles were being released into the body, leading to toxicity and other complications.
Hip Replacement Recall Symptoms & Options
Hip replacement recall symptoms include swelling, pain, toxic levels of chromium and cobalt in your blood, muscle damage, fluid around the joint, fibrous masses, rashes, allergic reactions, tissue death, infections, and more.
If you received a Stryker, DePuy, or other manufacturer’s defective hip replacement, and you are now suffering from serious complications, contact the product liability lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC to discuss a hip replacement lawsuit. You might be eligible to join a class action lawsuit against the device manufacturer. Alternatively, you might be able to pursue a legal claim against your surgeon, or your own individual claim against the device manufacturer.
Are There Signs Your Doctor Made a Mistake?
If you are suffering from painful complications after a hip replacement surgery, you should speak with a hip replacement attorney. By working with an attorney and receiving a second opinion from another surgeon, you might find that your hip implant is defective or that your original physician was negligent.
If you are suffering from a defective hip implant, you could have a legal claim against the manufacturer, the seller, the medical facility, or a physician. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we can advise you about Georgia product liability laws and your whether you should file a lawsuit.
If there is evidence of medical negligence, you should file a medical malpractice claim against your doctor or the facility. We can help you file a medical malpractice claim and pursue appropriate compensation.
Compensation in a Hip Replacement Lawsuit
If you have a valid medical malpractice claim or a valid product liability claim related to a hip replacement, we will fight for you to receive fair compensation for your:
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims. That means that you typically must file your medical negligence lawsuit within two years of the event that injured you. However, if you could not have reasonably discovered the surgeon’s malpractice until well after surgery, you might have two years from the date you discovered or reasonably should have discovered the injury. You should talk with our hip replacement lawyers about the statute of limitations and how it impacts your claim.
Contact Our Hip Replacement Lawyers Today
If your hip replacement never fully healed, or you began to experience serious complications months or years after the surgery, you should take steps to determine what went wrong. Your implant might be causing complications, or it might have failed, because of your doctor’s malpractice or because of a defective product. In either event, you should contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. You may have the right to file a hip replacement lawsuit and pursue full compensation for your losses.