Metal-On-Metal Implants Can Be Toxic

Our Kentucky attorneys have extensive experience in products liability litigation, and we are currently assisting clients who have metal-on-metal total joint implants.

We are aware that on January 17, 2013, the FDA released a safety alert warning of complications occurring with metal-on-metal hip or knee implants. It is important to know what the warning says and how it may be causing you harm.

What Happens When Metal Rubs Against Metal?

It has been reported that when the metal ball and metal cup of the hip implant slide against each other during movements such as walking and running, it causes metal to be released into the body. The metal, in the form of tiny particles, rubs off the metal joint components. This can cause damage to bone and/or soft tissue surrounding the implant and joint.

Soft tissue damage may lead to pain, implant loosening, device failure and the need for revision surgery. Some of the metal released will enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, where it may cause symptoms or illnesses. Presently, the FDA does not have enough scientific data to specify the concentration of metal ions in a person's body or blood necessary to produce side effects as each individual's reaction to the metal and symptoms differ.

We Want To Hear About Your Metal-On-Metal Implants

There are several companies that manufacture metal-on-metal implants including Zimmer, Wright, Stryker, DePuy and Biomet. If you received a metal-on-metal implant, your health may be at risk and our attorneys at Herren & Adams LLP, want to know about it.

Discuss your experience with a veteran products liability lawyer by calling 859-554-4629. We offer free consultations at our Lexington office. If you prefer, you may also request a complimentary case evaluation online.