Hip replacements should generally last well over a decade with some lasting more than twenty years. However, when a patient receives a defective hip implant, they usually fail much more quickly and lead to additional surgeries and medical treatment.
Defective hip implant devices that use metal components instead of ceramic, like the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head, have been the target of recalls issued to the FDA. In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in recalls that directly corresponds to the increase in the use of metal components by Stryker. This translates into hundreds of thousands of patients that have undergone revision surgery to correct and repair the faulty implants.
Hip replacements are expensive procedures and typically cost over $45,000. In the event of a failed hip implant, the costs can skyrocket to over $100,000. This significant increase in cost is due to the need for surgery and additional medical treatment to deal with the catastrophic effects including:
- Treatment for infection
- Additional revision surgeries
- Hospital charges
- Physical therapy
This does not even factor in the costs associated with the patient's time off from work necessary for surgery and recovery.
Filing a Defective Hip Replacement Lawsuit
When a hip replacement device fails it is often the manufacturer that should be held accountable. Our Louisville medical device injury lawyers have years of success in litigating against hip replacement manufacturers, including Stryker and Zimmer, across Kentucky and the surrounding region. We fight for the patient's right to recover compensation for the costs of medical bills associated with correcting a defective hip implant, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one had a hip replacement and are experiencing any types of problems, contact your physician and call us for a free consultation to discuss your legal options and determine whether you are eligible for compensation.