Hip Replacement Medical Malpractice – Do You Have a Case?
During hip replacement surgeries, doctors insert metal, plastic or ceramic devices in place of damaged bone. People contemplating one of these frequently performed procedures anticipate the pain relief and increased mobility the surgery promises to bring. Unfortunately, not all surgeries are successful.
Defective hip implant devices can lead to failed hip replacement surgery, which can impact nearly every aspect of a patient’s life. If this has happened to you, you have a legal right to seek compensation from the manufacturer for some or all of the following:
- The pain and suffering caused by a failed surgery can be even greater than the patient experienced prior to receiving the implant and may cause further injury, including joint fracture, nerve damage or a change in leg length. These complications can limit the ability to walk unassisted, drive, perform daily tasks or participate in previous activities.
- A defective hip implant can result limit or prevent the ability to work, resulting in lost wages.
- Mental anguish and damaged relationships with family members forced to act as caregivers through extended illness may be associated with a failed hip replacement.
- A mountain of medical bills may result from extensive further medical treatment. This may include professional caregiving services, medication, hospital visits, diagnostic tests and even one or more corrective surgeries.
Since every case is unique, it is important to talk to an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction to determine the best course of action in your situation. A review of your medical records and films will be required.
Keep in mind that just because a procedure did not produce flawless results does not mean that medical malpractice has occurred. Other options to malpractice litigation include:
- A manufacturer’s device recall may cover medical expenses though it is unlikely to provide compensation for lost wages or damages suffered as a result of the failed surgery.
- There is sometimes power in numbers by joining a class-action suit, but you will likely have less control over the case.
- A settlement may provide enough compensation to avoid a full trial.
Only an experienced attorney can provide guidance as to whether any of these options may be right for you. Signing an agreement prior to a legal consultation may limit or forfeit your right to file a future suit, as can waiting too long. Christopher L. Phillips Law Group has a long-established history and proven track record of success. Contact us for a free case evaluation: 770.218.8100