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Biomet Hip Replacements

Biomet Hip Replacements Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Hip Fracture, Hip Pain, Grinding Sensation, Limitation Of Motion | Defective Device, Faulty Component

Biomet Hip Replacements Recalled—Furthering Complications for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Biomet Hip Replacements RecalledFurthering Complications for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Biomet Hip Replacements Recalled—Furthering Complications for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Hip implants manufactured by Biomet allegedly have design flaws that can actually injure hip replacement patients. The company’s metal-on-metal hip devices, such as the Biomet M2a Magnum, have been of particular concern in recent years, ever since all-metal hip systems were found to have a greater chance of revision.

Biomet has had issues with its hip implants since as early as September 2001, when the FDA announced that Biomet and seven other U.S. medical device makers were recalling hip implants because of problems with a component that could easily fracture and require surgical replacement. The faulty component – the zirconia ceramic femoral head – is the ball portion of the artificial hip used in hip replacement surgery.

The Zirconia Ceramic Femoral Head was manufactured by St. Gobain Desmarquest of France. This femoral head was used in hip replacement products for Biomet and seven other medical manufacturers, including: Apex Surgical LLC, DePuy Orthopedics Inc., Encore Orthopedics Inc., Osteoimplant Technology Inc., Smith & Nephew Inc., Stryker Howmedica Osteonics and Zimmer Inc.

Symptoms of a fractured zirconia ceramic femoral head include hip pain, a sensation of grinding or limitation of motion. The fracture is sometimes preceded by an audible pop. The at-risk hips tend to break between 19 and 28 months after they were implanted. It is estimated that 6 percent of the 150,000 to 200,000 people who undergo hip replacement surgery each year receive an artificial hip containing the zirconia ceramic femoral head. The recall applies to zirconia ceramic femoral heads manufactured since January 1998.

Biomet M2a Magnum and Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits

In recent years, the Biomet M2a Magnum has become the subject of many lawsuits. The M2a Magnum is a metal-on-metal hip implant, meaning that all the components are made of metal. The alleged problem with this system is that the parts can shed metal particles into the body’s soft tissue and bloodstream when the surfaces rub together. This can lead to many complications, including:

  • Metallosis, high levels of metal ions in the bloodstream
  • Early failure, need for revision surgery
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty walking, or a change in one’s walking ability

All-metal hip systems in general have become a serious issue in the orthopedic community. These devices are known to have a higher rate of revision surgery because the implants fail much sooner than expected. The devices fell under severe scrutiny after Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 metal-on-metal hip implants in 2010 because of this problem.

Legal Help for Victims of the Biomet Hip Recall

If you or a loved one had a Biomet hip replacement and you suffered injuries, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective medical device attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Justice Department Extends Biomet Probation in Bribery Case

Mar 19, 2015
The Justice Department has added a year to the probation period for medical device maker Biomet as the department investigates new evidence in the bribery case involving sales in Brazil and Mexico. Probation had been scheduled to end next week. The Justice Department is investigating new evidence that Biomet may have helped bribe government officials in Mexico and Brazil to facilitate sales of its orthopedic devices, The New York Times reports. The current probation is part of a settlement...

Biomet, Agrees to $56 Million Metal Hip Device Settlement

Feb 4, 2014
Medical device maker, Biomet Inc., agreed to a settlement over a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that involves two of its metal-on-metal hip devices. The settlement amount is for at least $56 million. The federal judge overseeing the case approved the settlement in two parts, according to Law360. The settlement resolves an MDL that was organized in Indiana and involving two Biomet metal hip device implants: the Biomet M2a-38 and the M2a-Magnum hip implant. The litigation involved allegations...

Illinois Woman Says Biomet Hid Dangers of M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip, Rorced to have early Revision Surgery

Feb 11, 2013
An Illinois woman is the latest person in the U.S. to claim that the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant is defective, that the manufacturer knew it, and that she’s been forced to undergo a painful and costly revision surgery to replace it.This is the latest lawsuit to allege that a metal-on-metal hip implant is defective and that it caused a recipient to suffer unending pain, inflammation, and ultimately led them back to a surgeon to have it replaced in favor of another, more traditional...

Parker Waichman attorney named to Biomet M2a Magnum MDL

Dec 12, 2012
The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has again been tapped for a leading role in protecting the rights of people injured by defective medical devices, this time those harmed by the Biomet M2a Magnum™ hip implant. Attorney Daniel C. Burke has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Biomet M2a Magnum™ hip implant Multidistrict Litigation. The appointment of Burke was made by District Court Chief Judge Robert L. Miller Jr., who is presiding...

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...

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