Depuy Hip Implant Cobalt Poisoning Lawsuits
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Feb 18, 2011 in Defective Products
When people suffer from chronic hip problems, something needs to be done so that they can regain their mobility and eliminate the daily pain they endure. Fortunately, the world of medical science has advanced in nearly every regard in recent years, and one of the developments that's been made involves the formulation of artificial hip parts that can be used in hip replacement surgeries. One of the leading companies with regards to this line of product is DePuy Orthopaedics, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Unfortunately, many people suffered as a result of using these products, and they were eventually recalled, but not before calls for help to DePuy recall lawyers were made across the country. Now comes word that yet another potential problem could arise from using these products, and it is briefly discussed below.
DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits for Cobalt Poisoning
There were several reasons that a DePuy hip replacement recall was announced in August of 2010, and these reasons mostly dealt with the tendency for these parts to break down inside the patient's body and to ultimately require corrective surgery to alleviate the same degree of pain that was experienced before the hip replacement procedure took place. However, a doctor in Alaska has discovered another potential problem that stems from metal-on-metal friction.
When this friction continues for any appreciable period of time, it can lead to the release of cobalt into the system, and cobalt is a toxic substance. The symptoms of cobalt poisoning can vary somewhat widely, but they can include:
- Visual problems
- Heart failure
- Poor concentration
There are other symptoms that could arise depending on the specifics of the case and patient, but when someone is experiencing strange symptoms and that person has had a hip procedure done, it could indicate cobalt poisoning. Eventually, cobalt poisoning can be fatal.
How DePuy Hip Implant Recall Lawyers Can Help
If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of trusting the defective DePuy hip replacement parts, you need to seek the help of DePuy recall attorneys who have been holding large corporations accountable for the harm they have caused for many years. Contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer at the Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.