The FDA announced that in the future it would be looking more closely at a range of medical devices and products — along with the materials they’re made from — that have caused the most trouble for consumers in recent years. The agency singled out breast implants, metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, and the components of birth control implant system Essure. Most strikingly, the announcement targeted not just the final products manufactured by medical device companies, but the materials they used to make the products.
Getting hip implant surgery these days is easy enough. Unfortunately the problems tend to start after the procedure, when many patients notice symptoms and side-effects related to defective hip implant technology. In some cases, the technology is so dangerous - and causes so much pain - that hip implant revision surgery becomes necessary. In such cases, you may need to explore your legal rights.
Green, Schafle & Gibbs represents a Pittsburgh couple who are suing Howmedica Osteonics Corporation d/b/a Stryker Orthopaedics for a defective hip implant. Attorneys Michael Schafle and Jon Acklen filed a complaint on behalf of their clients last month in US District Court alleging that Stryker’s hip implant had a design defect and failed.