Cobalt-Chromium Toxicity Resource Center

What to Do If You Have a Metal-on-Metal Implant

Hip Implant Defect Attorneys Explain the Steps to Take

After hip revision surgery, most people do not know which type or brand of implant they received. Surgeons usually do not tell patients this information, and most people do not think to ask. After all, you primarily care about whether the procedure will help with chronic pain and other symptoms. However, there are ways to find out which hip implant you received. If you have already followed these steps and found that you have a metal-on-metal hip implant, then you may wonder what you should do next. Since the potential dangers of these types of implants have been widely reported in the last few years, you may be anxious or wonder if you need revision surgery immediately. Below, our hip implant defect attorneys explain the steps you should take to protect yourself.

The attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley have extensive experience representing hip replacement patients. If you have concerns after learning that you have a metal-on-metal hip implant, then we can help. We can explain what steps you should take and can investigate your legal options.

What Should I Do If I Have a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant?

If you found that you have a metal-on-metal hip implant, then you should:

  • Stay alert for adverse symptoms. The symptoms of cobalt toxicity may be mild at first, and are therefore easy to miss. You should educate yourself about the symptoms of cobalt toxicity and see your doctor if you begin experiencing any of them.
  • Follow up with your orthopedic surgeon. Whether you are experiencing adverse symptoms or not, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your surgeon. Be sure to ask questions. One of the most serious dangers of a metal-on-metal hip implant is the risk of cobalt toxicity, or the buildup of cobalt in the blood. Therefore, you should ask how often your doctor recommends blood tests to check for this buildup. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms of implant failure, be sure to discuss those as well.
  • Contact a hip recall attorney. Many metal-on-metal hip implants have been subject to product recalls. Therefore, even if you do not have any symptoms right now, you may still have grounds to file a lawsuit. Our hip implant defect attorneys explain your legal rights. If there is an ongoing class action or multidistrict litigation, then we can assist you in joining.

What Should I Do If I Need Revision Surgery?

If your surgeon recommends revision surgery to remove a dangerous metal-on-metal implant, then you should:

  • Consult with an attorney as soon as possible. A surgeon usually recommends a revision to prevent serious health complications from implant defects. Therefore, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer to recover the cost of this surgery. Getting an attorney involved as soon as possible is the best way to protect your right to compensation.
  • Preserve the implant. A hip implant attorney can take steps to ensure that the defective implant is properly preserved as evidence for your case. If your implant was part of a recall, then the surgeon may ask if you want to send it back to the manufacturer for tests. However, you should not agree to do this until you speak to your lawyer.
  • Keep careful records. Be sure to keep notes and records about your doctors’ visits, treatment and pain levels. Save all information from your doctor and hospital, and also keep a journal detailing your symptoms and difficulties. This will be valuable evidence when you file a claim.

Questions? Contact Our Defective Hip Implant Attorneys Now

If you have a metal-on-metal hip implant or you underwent revision surgery, then contact the attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley today. We have represented hundreds of people in defective medical device claims, and we can put that experience to work for you. Call (888) 817-2527 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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