The Clinical Negligence team at Express Solicitors has watched with interest the situation regarding defective hip implants manufactured by DePuy. Around 49,000 people in the UK have the ‘metalonmetal’ hip implants which have caused Personal Injury to many users.
49000 UK Patients At Risk From Defective Hip Devices
The problem stems from device’s ball and joint both made from metal rubbing together. This can cause tiny metal particles to break off and seep into the blood damaging tissue. The British Medical Journal has uncovered serious side effects in some cases with reports of pain and swelling in the area of the hip implant problems walking lack of flexibility and/or loss of mobility.
It is a worrying time for anyone who has had a hip replacement as a defective component may only reveal itself over time. It must be distressing for people who have placed their trust in these devices and agreed to have them fitted in the hope of remedying years of pain and disability only to be failed by DePuy and the NHS.
Sadly due to the number of people who have the DePuy device we will surely see more and more cases arising over the coming months and years. Those with the devices will have to be monitored for life to ensure that any signs of premature wearing that could cause tissue damage is detected before too much damage is done.
DePuy And NHS Have Failed UK Patients Over Hip Replacements
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has stopped short of ordering all metalonmetal implants be removed from the market but as I said it’s clear that the manufacturer and our health service has failed patients by not undertaking adequate or effective clinical trials.
It is believed Depuy has set aside $3billion to cover future compensation payouts to patients and I oversee an experienced Clinical Negligence team at Express Solicitors that is well qualified to assist with claims for comepnsation. If you or a member of your family has been affected by a defective DePuy hip device please contact us today to discuss your claim free of charge with a specialist Clinical Negligence Lawyer