Hiring an Experienced Hip Replacement Lawyer
For patients who have been injured by faulty hip-replacement devices, it is vital to hire an attorney who is not only skilled in medical device litigation but also understands the complicated problems that are specific to hip replacements.
Research shows that injured patients who hire an experienced hip-recall attorney receive compensation that is three times more than those who work directly with the manufacturers for a settlement. That means there are more funds to pay for medical treatments and greater compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering.
Help with Filing a Hip Implant Lawsuit
Today, many injured patients have received letters from third-party administrators to encourage them to settle their claims. These companies are authorized from the device manufacturers to pay sums for the injuries, but often the settlement sums are not near enough to pay for the ongoing injuries. Instead, it is typically better to contact an attorney and file a lawsuit.
The first step in filing a hip-implant lawsuit is to find your best attorney. Your attorney should be skilled in the medical research that goes behind metal-on-metal hip replacements, the damages they have caused and how it has affected your life. At the same time, make sure you have collected all of the evidence for your case, including the failed hip device once it has been removed. Be sure to turn this evidence and information over to your attorney.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
If you have been injured by a faulty hip design, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This compensation can help pay for ongoing medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of consortium and punitive damages that will punish the at-fault manufacturer.
Already, several patients have received compensation:
- In March 2013, a 65-year-old prison guard who suffered from chromium metal poisoning as a result of his failed hip device was awarded $8.3 million after a jury trial. At the trial, evidence showed that manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew its hip devices would fail.
- In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson settled 7,500 hip replacement cases for about $250,000 each for patients who have already had their defective hip devices removed. The estimated amount of the total settlements could be as high as $4 billion.
Finding a Product Liability Attorney
After repairing a damaged hip replacement, the most crucial part of your care is finding an experienced hip-replacement attorney. This person can help you get an appropriate settlement for your injuries. You will never have any out-of-pocket legal expenses unless they successfully make a financial recovery. Contact us today for Free Hip Replacement Case Evaluation.
- DePuy. ASR Hip Replacement Recall Guide. Retrieved from http://www.depuy.com/asr-hip-replacement-recall
- Risling, G. “Damages Awarded In J&J's Depuy Hip Implant Case.” Retrieved from http://bigstory.ap.org/article/jury-awards-damages-johnson-johnson-hip-case