Hip Resurfacing - Smith & Nephew Birmingham
For an aging population, the idea of a new (or nearly new) hip or other joint holds much appeal, especially for people who suffer from pain caused by severe degeneration of the hip joint or have suffered a broken hip in a fall. Unfortunately, not all of the medical devices and procedures that have been introduced over the past few years have proven safe and effective. For some patients, procedures like hip resurfacing and hip replacements have caused serious, unexpected complications. If you or a family member has been injured by a hip resurfacing product, including those from the Smith & Nephew Birmingham line, the Grand Rapids and Traverse City hip resurfacing injury lawyers may be able to help.
Hip "resurfacing" has been touted as a more conservative approach to hip arthroplasty. When successful, this procedure results in the preservation of the patient's femoral head and neck rather than amputation and replacement of the joint. However, a significant number of patients have reported problems like metallosis (a medical condition caused from the build-up of metal in the body, possibly from metallic medical implants rubbing together), dislocation, or a need for revision surgery. Just as a knee implant, such as a Zimmer device, can create more health concerns than it alleviates in some patients, hip resurfacing products like the Smith & Nephew Birmingham line can sometimes place a patient in a more precarious position after a surgery than the situation that he or she was facing prior to the procedure.The Importance of Promptly Seeking Legal Counsel
Michigan law dictates that a person who is injured by a dangerous or defective product has a limited amount of time in which to file a lawsuit. If they meet this deadline, however, a hip resurfacing injury attorney in Traverse City or Grand Rapids can help them seek compensation for damages like medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, and more. This time period is the same regardless of whether the product is a medical device, an auto part, or an e-cigarette, to name a few varying types of consumer items that can be defective and cause serious injuries. While the statute of limitations can occasionally be tolled by certain circumstances, an untimely claim is more often than not dismissed regardless of its merits. In some situations, a statute of repose may further limit the time for taking legal action.
The first step in seeking fair compensation for injuries resulting from a defective hip resurfacing product is to talk to a product liability attorney about your particular situation. Some hip resurfacing products have been recalled, and product liability litigation is pending in a number of jurisdictions, but it is still important to receive guidance regarding your specific situation and insight on the types of legal theories that you can use. For example, there might be a design defect in the entire line of devices, or it may be that your device has a specific defect that is not shared by others in the line. In some cases, a medical malpractice claim against a doctor who improperly implanted a device or recommended a device that was known to have issues with defects may be appropriate.Talk to a Traverse City or Grand Rapids Hip Resurfacing Injury Attorney
Product liability lawsuits can be complicated. These cases are often lengthy and involve consultations with specialized experts. As with other types of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, it is important to get started as soon as possible. Neumann Law Group is here to help people who have been negatively affected by a hip resurfacing product in the Smith & Nephew Birmingham line seek the compensation that they deserve. For an appointment to discuss your case, call us at (800) 525-6386 or contact us online. We serve people in Traverse City and Grand Rapids, as well as in Ann Arbor, Flint, Lansing, Muskegon, Midland, Holland, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Wyoming, Saginaw, Warren, Petoskey, and areas throughout the Upper Peninsula. There is no attorney fee owed for our services unless we recover a settlement or judgment on your behalf, so there is no reason to put off speaking to a hip resurfacing injury lawyer in Traverse City or Grand Rapids about your potential claim.