Hip replacements are common for elderly people but are also something some younger people must deal with if they are seriously injured. Getting a new hip, regardless of your age, can make you move better and enjoy your life again without excruciating pain. However, sometimes hip replacements do not achieve their goal. You may feel pain, and you may not be able to move in the same way. If you have had a hip replacement and you are experiencing new pain or other symptoms, it is possible that your hip replacement is defective.
Hip replacements happen for many reasons, such as workplace injury, car accident injury, and other medical conditions, like osteoarthritis. People get a hip replacement to improve their quality of life and reduce their pain levels. While the recovery process can be a significant hurdle, the end result can be increased quality of life and greatly reduced or eliminated levels of pain.
Unfortunately, things do not always go as planned. There are serious medical conditions that can come up after a hip replacement surgery, the most serious being metallosis. Metallosis is metal poisoning. There is no scientific or medical consensus about the cause of metallosis. Some medical experts think it is caused by an allergic reaction to metal being in the body. Others believe it is caused from metal parts of the hip replacement grinding against one another and releasing metal shavings into the body. Regardless of the reason, metallosis is a serious condition that must be treated immediately. It can lead to hives, itching, eczema, memory loss, brain fog, and other serious medical conditions.
Other issues after a hip replacement include:
When any of these issues arise, the individual usually needs to undergo additional surgery. This can cause additional pain and expenses.
If you have recently undergone a hip replacement surgery and you are experiencing pain or other symptoms of problems with your hip replacement, there are things you can do. The first and most important thing to do is to see your doctor. Do not let any symptoms or concerns you have go on without proper medical care.
You may have other medical issues that you are not aware of or that are being masked by the pain and obvious symptoms. To ensure that your body is okay and is not experiencing any life-threatening adverse effects of the hip replacement surgery, you need to see your doctor.
Along with your pain, you may also experience vision issues, memory problems, and even kidney problems. Your defective hip replacement could be contributing to all of these issues.
After you speak with your doctor and begin the medical treatment necessary to help you recover, you should speak with a lawyer. Because all of your pain and additional medical issues may be traced back to your hip replacement, you could be entitled to compensation. Whether a device has been recalled or you are experiencing unique problems, working with a lawyer can help you hold the negligent party responsible for your injury.
One of the main reasons to speak with a lawyer is because of the complexities of a medical products liability claim. Products liability is a legal concept where you can hold the manufacturer or other entities liable for any injuries you suffer resulting from their negligence.
Proving this, however, is challenging. Doing so will require the use of medical experts who conduct thorough and intense investigations into the hip replacement device you were given and how it damaged your body. If they can determine the hip replacement was defective, you may be able to hold the manufacturer and/or other parties liable and collect compensation for your suffering.
Together with your legal team, you may be able to get compensation for the following:
Depending on how much additional pain and suffering you endured and how your additional injuries affected your quality of life, you may be able to recover substantial compensation. While this may not be your top priority after realizing your hip replacement is causing you problems, speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible will help ensure the negligent party is held responsible.
The additional medical care you may need could be very costly. Working with an aggressive and skilled legal professional is important. Your lawyer will fight to protect your rights while you focus on your medical care. This will allow you to do what you can to increase your quality of life.
It is no easy task to prove your hip replacement is defective. If you need help with your claim, speak with one of our experienced Philadelphia hip replacement lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler today. Call us at 215-569-4000 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County.