At one time, people in need of hip surgery viewed metal-on-metal hip replacement devices manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, as a miracle. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that these devices were not the solution people once believed they were. Injury symptoms such as constant pain, anxiety, problems with hearing and many others began to manifest in patients who had received metal hip replacements.
Over time, bits of metal debris begin to wear away from these defective medical devices. These bits of metal could migrate throughout the body, essentially releasing poison into the body's tissue. As you might expect, lawsuits soon followed. Early in December, a Texas court ordered DePuy Orthopedics and Johnson & Johnson to pay six plaintiffs over $1 billion in damages.
This ruling is good news for the thousands of other Americans injured by the DePuy defective medical device, some of them residing right here in Tennessee. Further, those who have received the replacement but have not yet experienced any symptoms will probably have legal recourse if symptoms do manifest.
For now, patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements should watch for symptoms such as:
-- Changes in your ability to walk
-- Sensations of pain or numbness
-- Noises coming from the hip
-- Psychological changes like depression or anxiety
-- Hearing or vision deterioration
-- Kidney or thyroid problems
Seek medical attention at the first sign of injury and consider speaking with a lawyer about your legal options if you do become injured. Like those six plaintiffs mentioned above, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Source: Consumer Reports, "What the J&J Hip-Replacement Lawsuit Means for You," Jeneen Interlandi, Dec. 05, 2016