Unfortunately, these devices have reportedly caused complications, such as infections, dislocations, and fractures. In rare cases, complications associated with these joint replacement systems can lead to revision surgery, which may cost a small fortune. This is why some injured victims file lawsuits against Smith & Nephew. They need the monetary compensation in order to pay for their large medical bills.
Lawsuits filed against Smith & Nephew usually involve the company’s metal-on-metal joint replacement devices. Many of the plaintiffs claim that the manufacturing company failed to properly inform consumers regarding the risk of early device deterioration. Moreover, they assert that Smith & Nephew did not take the necessary steps to ensure device safety before market release.
Metal-on-metal devices are known to cause metal toxicity problems. Studies show that these devices release small metal particles in the blood of implant patients during movements. Apparently, metal components of such joint replacement systems scrape against each other and thereby release these potentially harmful particles. As a result, the device may corrode and cause injury. Moreover, the small metal particles can also accumulate in and inflict damage to the tissue and bone that surrounds the implant. This may lead to hip failure, which can be rectified through revision surgery.
Smith & Nephew has been accused many times of failure to conduct proper post market testing of its metal-on-metal joint replacement systems. According to the accusers, the company mistakenly assumed that its all-metal devices were the same as ceramic and plastic devices that had previously been approved and distributed on the market. The accusers assert that thousands of implant patients were put at risk of implant failure and other severe complications as a result of the company’s negligence.
In the past few years, Smith & Nephew has noticeably produced a number of faulty hip and knee replacement systems. Many of these devices were voluntarily recalled by the company after several concerns were raised. However, for some patients, the recalls came too late. A lot of the patients implanted with the company’s faulty devices had already suffered permanent injuries by then.
Smith & Nephew recalled two of its knee replacement devices in 2003. The recall was issued after 26 percent of the patients implanted with the faulty devices were advised to undergo revision surgery due to severe complications. Moreover, in 2010, the device maker recalled baseplates used in replacement surgeries. According to reports, these baseplates had high failure rates, failing only a few months after implantation. A total of 40,000 baseplates were recalled.
In June 2012, Smith & Nephew issued yet another recall after the metal liner of its R3 Acetabular hip replacement system was found to have an unacceptably high failure rate. Just like all the other recalled hip replacement systems, the R3 Acetabular hip device is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system.
After the recall, a large number of Smith & Nephew R3 lawsuits were filed in various state courts across the country. Based on the websites of personal injury attorneys like the Rottenstein Law Group’s http://www.rotlaw.com, the number of lawsuits against Smith & Nephew may still increase in the following months.
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