Metal on metal hip implant recalled
Between 2003 and 2010 it is estimated that a defective implant (ASR or Corail) was used for thousands of people in the UK for hip replacements. These implants are failing not only in the UK but around the world. The implants are manufactured by DePuy who are a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson more familiar to the marketing of baby products. These are not the only producers but this is the company that has produced the majority of implants regularly used in the UK.
There has been a recall of these devices that were used as long ago as 2005.
What can go wrong
The hip is made of a metal on metal parts that cannot withstand the constant rubbing and pressure and start to break down and the flakes of metal that chip away are leaving debris that remains in the blood stream and can spread and cause serious damage to muscles and bones. If you have an implant, be aware of the warning signs of an increase in pain and inflammation, a grinding or clunking noise, a feeling that the implants are not working well or moving smoothly.
The most worrying aspect other than the prospect of having to go through another operation to correct the damage is the illness related to metal poisoning. Metal poisoning can result in unexplained headaches, rashes, etc… so not necessarily symptoms directly related to the hip joint.
How we can help
We are dedicated personal injury lawyers who are able to assist you with obtaining compensation. Since the Medial Device Alert was issued in February 2012 there has been a raised awareness to these problems and individuals are now seeking advice on claiming and we are happy to help.
If you are concerned that you have suffered ill health due to the implant from DePuy ASR system and the Corail Pinnacle system or a related surgical procedure that has gone wrong then please contact Harris Fowler so that we may consider the details and, if we believe you have reasonable prospects of a successful claim, then we will be able to assist you on a No Win No Fee basis. This is a free claim assessment and you will be able to decide whether to pursue compensation.
Please contact us on 0800 213214 or complete our simple on line enquiry form to discuss claiming compensation.