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Smith & Nephew Recalls Artificial Hip Components

By Burg Simpson
June 8, 2012
2 min read

In June 2012 Smith & Nephew, initiated a voluntary market withdrawal of thousands of Reflection 3 Acetabular System metal liner components used in hip replacement surgery.  The metal liners were introduced to the market in 2007 and launched globally in 2009.  According to a statement on Smith & Nephew’s website, the voluntary market withdrawal was due to the fact that the company was “not satisfied with the clinical results of this component.”

Over the last several years it has become evident that metal-on-metal hip implants have an alarmingly high failure rate.  (See New York Times article “Metal Hips Failing Fast” from 9/15/11) As such, in May 2011 the FDA ordered 21 manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants to conduct post-marketing surveillance studies to investigate the safety issues surrounding these devices.  Further, the FDA is holding an advisory panel committee meeting on June 27-28, 2012 seeking expert scientific and clinical opinions on the risks of metal-on-metal hip implants.

Patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements have reported experiencing a number of serious side-effects, including severe leg and hip pain, swelling, mobility issues, cup loosening, and even symptoms of metal sensitivity.  Burg Simpson’s defective medical device attorneys have successfully litigated cases involving defective artificial joint replacements for more than 30 years.  Our expansive resources, experience, and knowledge of complex artificial joint litigation in state and federal courts and in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) arena enables us to provide high-caliber aggressive representation to individuals throughout the country.

If you or a loved one has experienced serious pain or required corrective revision surgery following artificial hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation.  We would be happy to review your records to determine if you have a viable cause against Smith & Nephew or any other manufacturer of a metal-on-metal hip device.  It is vital that you contact us as soon as possible.  If you wait, evidence that could help establish your case could be lost, damaged, or even destroyed.  In addition, statutes of limitations put strict time limits on when you must file your lawsuit.  Failure to file by the deadline could mean you lose your claims forever, so you must act soon.  For many of our clients, we operate on a contingency basis, meaning that if we are unable to win your case then there is no cost to you. Call 1-800-713-9340 or fill out our online contact form for a FREE no-obligation consultation today.

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