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Parker Waichman files lawsuit on behalf of Michigan man injured by Biomet M2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant

Dec 6, 2012

A Michigan man claims he has suffered serious and permanent injuries and has been required to undergo painful and expensive medical care due to defects with his Biomet M2a Magnum™ metal-on-metal hip implant.

The man has become the latest to file a lawsuit against the makers of this dangerous metal-on-metal hip implant, Biomet Inc. and Biomet Orthopedics LLC, seeking damages for personal pain and suffering as well as for the unexpected medical costs. The Michigan man is being represented by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, which represents several other victims of Biomet M2a Magnum™ hip implant defects. The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 26 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The Michigan man was implanted with the Biomet hip implant in March 2009 but it only lasted a few years before he was forced to under revision surgery to remove the device after enduring bouts of severe and persistent pain. The man also claims in his lawsuit that the Biomet hip implant was like other metal-on-metal hip implants and was putting him at risk of suffering metallosis caused by the metal components of the implant rubbing against each other and dispersing small metallic particles throughout this body. 

In the lawsuit, "he received the Biomet M2a Magnum on his left hip in March 2009. Even though the Defendants knew of over 100 adverse event reports related to the device, they refused to inform the Plaintiff or the public," the firm notes in a release announcing the filing of the claim."

Further, "The revision surgery itself has a significant risk of injury because these procedures are more complex than initial implantation because there is less bone to work with and a higher chance of future complications," the complaint argues.

The Michigan man claims he would have never agreed to have the Biomet M2a Magnum™ implanted in a total hip replacement surgery had he been made aware of the dangers of this specific implant and the risks it posed of serious and permanent injuries.

As a class of medical devices, metal-on-metal hip implants have come under increased federal and clinical scrutiny as thousands of recipients of these devices have taken similar actions as the Michigan man in the Parker Waichman lawsuit. The scrutiny mostly started when another maker of a metal-on-metal hip implant recalled its device and the public was finally made aware of the risk of metallosis and that many of the devices suffered from a faulty design that caused widespread complications.

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