Thousands of Biomet hip replacement lawsuits have been filed for complications and injuries caused by the Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement device.
Hip replacements are one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S. today, at a rate of about 300,000 per year. Unfortunately, with increasing numbers of procedures comes increasing numbers of complications from failing devices. Thousands of people implanted with the M2a – Magnum hip replacement have filed a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit against Zimmer Biomet, manufacturer of the device.
Biomet Hip Replacement Complications
The Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement device is similar to a metal-on-metal (MoM) device recalled by DePuy, which has also been the subject of thousands of lawsuits. Metal-on-metal devices are constructed entirely of metal, particularly chromium, cobalt and titanium.
Complications arising from Biomet hip implants can occur due to friction which is created when the chromium and cobalt metal components rub against one another, releasing metal debris into the surrounding tissue and bloodstream. Over time, metal fragments may eventually cause serious health problems and the failure of the device.
Localized metallosis results from metal fragments which are shed into joint space and may cause inflammation, pain, bone dissolution and necrosis and joint destabilization. Systemic or body-wide inflammation and immune system reaction may occur when microscopic fragments or metal ions enter the bloodstream. Systemic reaction may result in permanent neurological damage, thyroid dysfunction, heart effects and other serious problems.
In many case, localized metallosis, systemic immune reaction or other issues resulting from device failure will require revision surgery to remove the old device, replace it with a new functioning device and repair or reconstruct damaged tissue.
Read more about Hip Replacement Complications.
Biomet Hip Lawsuit Settlements
When the Biomet M2a – Magnum was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004, many in the industry had questions about the approval process and the safety of the device. The hip implant received approval through the 510(k) process, which allows devices to enter the market without any clinical testing, as long as the manufacturer can prove the device is substantially equivalent to another device already approved and on the market.
Many hip replacement devices have been approved in this manner and later recalled, after users experienced side effects and complications. Some hip replacement devices which have been shown to be defective have been recalled, however Biomet has been accused of knowing about their device’s defects but continuing to sell it anyway.
In 2014, Biomet Inc. agreed to settle hundreds of M2a Magnum hip replacement lawsuits for $56 million. The settlements were offered to conclude a multi-district lawsuit (MDL) which had consolidated federal Biomet cases into one U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Biomet was acquired by another device manufacturer, Zimmer Holdings, who also has faced a number of hip replacement lawsuits, to form Zimmer Biomet and that was not the end of Biomet lawsuits, however.
Filing a Biomet Hip Lawsuit
In 2017, an Ohio couple filed a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit and in 2018, another round of cases began with the filing of four New Jersey cases, along with others that may be expected. Plaintiffs have claimed that Zimmer Biomet has continued to advertise the devices as superior and safe, and cited misleading studies.
Biomet hip replacement device use and complications were also the focus of a November 2018 report by NBC news and was featured on the Today Show, questioning why Biomet device had been recalled in Australia and several European countries but was still being promoted and sold in the U.S. without warnings.
Problems with the Biomet M2a – Magnum and other metal-on-metal hip implant devices include:
- Hip pain
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Inflammation of and soft tissue damage to the area surrounding the implant
- Loosening of the device with need for repair or replacement
Doctors typically expect hip implants to last about 10 years once they are implanted, but many are finding the metal-on-metal devices need replacing far sooner. In response to the pain, suffering, and medical expenses experienced by those with metal-on-metal hip implants, many are filing Biomet hip replacement lawsuits, requesting compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost work wages
- Cost of permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
Spouses have also filed lawsuits against Biomet for “loss of consortium” when they were unable to maintain a physical marital relationship due to their significant other’s pain and suffering.
People or loved ones of those with a Biomet metal-on-metal hip implant who has experienced side effects or required hip revision surgery should contact a Biomet hip replacement lawyer to find out if they may be eligible for compensation. There are no guarantees and each case muse be evaluated separately by an attorney, but compensation may be available.