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Weitz & Luxenberg is now accepting cases from hip replacement patients suffering from metal-related injuries and complications after receiving artificial hip prostheses manufactured by Zimmer Biomet, Inc. The metal materials used in the Zimmer hip prostheses M/L Taper or Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology, when combined with the VerSys Femoral Head may corrode when used together, causing serious adverse health issues in patients, including implant failure, severe hip pain, tissue destruction known as metallosis, or metal-related complications such as pseudotumors.
The Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis and the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis with Kinectiv Technology are artificial hip tapers made with titanium alloy used for hip replacement. When used with Zimmer’s VerSys Femoral Head, made of cobalt-chromium alloy, the implants’ metals can corrode, causing metal-on-metal problems, resulting in implant failure and dangerous injuries due to metal debris and related complications in the body.
Symptoms and Injuries
The corrosion of these artificial hip implant components may result in painful injuries including:
- Metallosis, or the deposition and buildup of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body.
- Trunnionosis, or wear of the femoral head–neck interface.
- Adverse local tissue reaction or aseptic lymphocyte-dominated vasculitis-associated lesions.
- Necrosis, or dead body tissues.
- Pseudotumors in the hip.
- Osteolysis, or destruction or disappearance of bone tissue.
- Revision surgery due to implant failure and metallosis-related problems.
These injuries can manifest in symptoms including extreme pain, swelling and inflammation, muscle damage, bone deterioration, and/or local tissue necrosis due to metal-related problems. The deterioration can cause hip replacement failure and the need for subsequent hip replacement revision or surgeries.
W&L Can Help Patients Harmed by Zimmer M/L Taper with VerSys Femoral Head Hip Implants
Weitz & Luxenberg’s Drug and Medical Device Litigation Unit Practice Group Co-Chair Ellen Relkin says the firm is interested in hearing from anyone who is seeking treatment for any of these injuries and symptoms after undergoing hip replacement surgery with these implants.
Patients who were implanted with the Zimmer M/L Taper or Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology, combined with the VerSys femoral head, who have not undergone revision surgery, should contact the firm if they are experiencing problems with their hip and currently seeking treatment for those problems with a physician.
Families may be entitled to compensation for subsequent medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. An experienced attorney can help explore all legal options.
Ms. Relkin has played a lead role in several major hip implant medical device litigations. These include helping patients harmed by defective DePuy ASR hip implants secure a $2.5 billion settlement as well as a $1 billion settlement for Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, which were recalled.
Weitz & Luxenberg is ready to assist you and offers a free consultation. Contact us at (833) 544-0604 or by using the online form on this page to discuss your legal options.