Helping Victims of Faulty Hip Implants
Hip injuries affect thousands annually. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 are hospitalized after hip fractures every year. A hip replacement can help a patient restore function and a full range of motion in their hips. However, if the replacement device is faulty, it can cause pain and damage to the surrounding tissue. Eventually, it can require revision surgery. If you or a loved one is experiencing complications following a hip replacement, you may be eligible to file a hip replacement lawsuit. Attorney Preston J. Dugas has been protecting victims of defective medical products for over 10 years and has been recognized as a Top Attorney as well as a Rising Star for his achievements in litigation. Our Fort Worth, TX, law firm offers free consultations for clients over the phone. Schedule yours by calling (817) 945-3061 or completing our online contact form.
History of Hip Replacement Lawsuits
While prescription drugs are required to undergo various tests and clinical trials for safety and efficacy, medical devices including hip implants can receive FDA approval without these rigorous tests if they closely resemble another product already available on the market. One of the largest manufacturers that has been accused of selling faulty implants is DePuy Orthopedics, a Johnson & Johnson company. This company has released hip replacement products including the Pinnacle implant, which has been linked to a high risk of complications and resulting high-value jury awards. Shortly after the company began to recall the devices, their own internal studies revealed that an estimated that 40 percent of patients who received the implant would be subject to implant failure.
Symptoms of Faulty Devices
A faulty hip implant can lead to various painful symptoms, including:
- Continuous pain in the treatment area
- Clicking, grinding, or crunching sounds
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Inability to maintain an active lifestyle
A defective hip implant can also cause metallosis, or metal poisoning. This occurs when parts of the implant grind together and release small particles of metal into your system. This can lead to pain, rashing, and additional damage to your existing bone tissue, which must be treated with painful, costly revision surgery.
Our primary focus is your recovery.
How a Lawyer Can Help
We can help you determine whether the injury was caused by a defective product or by the negligent actions of a doctor. Many times, the manufacturer will attempt to remove the blame by saying that the doctor placed the implant incorrectly. We know where to look for answers to establish liability in these cases.
With the help of Preston Dugas, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, future ongoing medical care, revision surgery costs, and emotional damages including pain and suffering. The key is proving that negligent actions on the part of the manufacturer directly caused your complications. We can prove liability and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
Why Choose Our Firm?
Mr. Dugas has represented victims of personal injury for more than 10 years. He recently recovered millions for a patient who received a faulty hip implant. Due to his aggressive litigation and track record of success, Mr. Dugas has been named a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a Top Attorney by his peers.
Call Us Today
Our primary focus is your recovery, and we offer free consultations and contingency-based services to help reduce the burden on our clients throughout their cases. To learn more about how Preston Dugas can help you, or to schedule your free case review, contact us online or call our office at (817) 945-3061.
“Preston won my trust. He kept in close contact with me throughout the entire process. He went above and beyond to make sure that I understood everything that was going on. I am so pleased with his work and without a shadow of a doubt, I think he is one awesome attorney. I would refer my family and friends who live in Texas and the surrounding areas to his practice.” Jacqueline S.