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July 29th, 2013

Biomet Hip Lawsuits near 500 Cases in Federal Litigation

Lawsuits continue to mount in a multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, involving claims against the Biomet M2a Hip Replacement System. The Biomet hip replacement litigation was established by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) in October 2012, when six federal lawsuits involving the M2a Magnum hip implant were transferred to the Northern District of Indiana. The JPML issued an update on July 10, stating that 493 Biomet hip replacement claims are presently pending in the proceeding. The lawsuits all allege that the metal-on-metal design of the Biomet M2a Magnum’s implant is capable of dispersing dangerous amounts of toxic metal debris as a result of wear, which can lead to premature device failure and adverse tissue reactions, such as metallosis. Metal-on-metal hip implants, such as the Biomet M2a magnum, have raised safety concerns in recent years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in January, that patients who have received such implants have an increased risk of tissue and bone damage, pain, implant loosening and premature device failure due to their tendency to disperse dangerous amounts of metal shavings into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. The agency warned that patients who have received all-metal hip implants, who are experiencing device failure, should undergo metal ion testing. The FDA will no longer allow all-metal hip implants to be eligible for 510(k) approvals, a process by which devices were allowed to come to market without human clinical trials. Patients who have allegedly been harmed as a result of the Biomet M2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant, may be eligible for compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. In addition to Biomet, several other metal-on-metal hip implant manufacturers are under fire, including DePuy, Stryker, Smith and Nephew, and Wright.

Biomet Hip Recall Lawsuit Attorneys

At Phillips Law Firm, our national defective device attorneys understand the complexities surrounding multi-district litigation cases and defective medical products. We also know the pain and suffering that these devices have caused and will fight aggressively to ensure that all of our clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled. If you have been injured by a metal-on-metal hip implant, contact our offices to see if you qualify to file a lawsuit. Call us today at 1-800-708-6000.


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