Metal Hip Replacement Lawyer

Erosion of the Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant: A Look at the Negative Effects of Metal Hip Replacements
For those who have experienced hip joint deterioration, they know the pain and stiffness that accompanies it and how it can create great difficulty in walking. When the pain and stiffness becomes too great, some patients turn to the respite of a hip replacement or hip resurfacing. One of these systems, the metal-on-metal hip implant device, has both ball and socket joints made of metal. Although the metal-on-metal hip implant systems, including the DePuy ASR™ Hip System, the DePuy Pinnacle® Hip System, and the Zimmer Durom® Cup, have some benefits such as resilience (lessened likelihood of dislocation and device fracture), they have been under harsh review due to the negative side effects some patients endured.

It has been discovered that small metal particles can wear off the device when movement such as walking, running, or other activities cause friction of the ball and socket joint. The particles have had different effects in different patients. The metal particles may enter the bone or tissue surrounding the implant or could even enter the bloodstream. This erosion of the hip implant can lead to discomfort, pain, and damage to the surrounding tissue and even the subsequent loosening of the metal-on-metal joint itself. Although in the minority, some patients have experienced negative reactions to the metal ions that have entered their bloodstreams. These ions can affect the heart, central nervous system, and even the thyroid. Some of these symptoms are listed on the U.S. Food and Drug Administraion (FDA) website, entitled “Concerns about Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Systems.”
Signs of Possible Hip Implant Erosion
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you should immediately consult with a physician as they could indicate a severe problem with your metal-on-metal hip implant device.
The symptoms below may indicate that your hip implant has been eroding, causing metal particles to embed in your bone or tissue, or that your implant may be loosening.
-Pain or inflammation in the hip area
-Pain in the leg or groin
-Stiffness, limping, or persisting difficulty walking

The symptoms listed below may be indicative of a negative reaction to metal ions that the implant has released.
-Chest Pain
-Shortness of breath
-Numbness
-Weakness
-Blurry vision
-Changes in hearing
-Fatigue
-Feeling cold
-Weight gain
-Altered urination habits (increased or decreased frequency)

While these symptoms are not necessarily related to problems with the implant device itself, it is crucial to consult with your orthopedic surgeon and have a physical exam. Imaging tests and blood tests will help to determine if there is, indeed, an issue with your prosthetic.

What to Do if You Are Experiencing Hip Implant Side Effects
Further surgery may be required for those patients who have experienced severe side effects relating to the DePuy ASR™, DePuy Pinnacle®, Zimmer Durom® and other metal hip resurfacing and replacement systems. The expense of the actual surgical procedure and resultant recovery time could be considerable and crippling to many patients. An option to prevent financial insecurity during a time of physical insecurity is to file a lawsuit and seek financial compensation for the cost of surgery and time off from work. The injured patient and his/her family will then be able to turn their focus onto their recovery and move forward without the weight of crippling financial harm.

In July 2008, the Zimmer Durom® Acetabular Component was voluntarily recalled, as was the DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular in August 2010. If you or a loved one are still living with one of these devices, or if you have experienced adverse side effects related to these or other hip implant devices, contact Csengeri Law Offices to learn about your options.

Stephen Csengeri of Csengeri Law Offices himself made the first claim against Zimmer for their defective Durom cup and negotiated the very first settlement for his own claim. His personal experience will help guide you through your free and confidential review of your case and help you to best determine your next step in finding solutions.

Stryker Neptune Device Hip Recall Lawyer

Stryker Recalls Neptune Devices in Wake of Hip Implant Recall

Just months after Stryker Orthopedics issued a voluntary product recall of its ABG II modular-neck stem, the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) released reports of Stryker issuing a Class 1 recall of its Neptune Rover Waste Management System in the United States as well as parts of Asia and Latin America. This Class 1 recall is the most serious level of a device recall and did so following two people had reported serious injury, one fatally, from using the Neptune Waste Management System.

In June 2012, Stryker initiated a Class 1 to warn consumers that the devices should not be connected to any passive drainage tubes, which was not included in the warning label on the product. However, in September 2012, the company extended the recall to inform customers that the Neptune 1 Silver, Neptune 2 Ultra and a higher-powered Neptune 2 Ultra did not have the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

According to a statement released by Stryker, “[The FDA doesn’t consider the devices] to be legally marketed devices because their safety and effectiveness have not yet been determined…As such, FDA advises that the devices not be used.”

This news, as mentioned, comes just a few months following Stryker’s recall of its hip implant systems, Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Neck-System. Both systems contained various sizes of neck and stem components, allowing doctors and surgeons to create a custom fit when building a patient a new hip for hip replacement surgery. The components, however, are made of metal and lead to the same dangerous effects to be found of other metal-on-metal hip implant components, such as the Zimmer “Durom Cup” and DePuy ASR hip replacement system. When the metal neck and metal stem rubbed together, it can cause the device to weaken and even fail within a few years of the hip replacement surgery. Additionally, the grinding metal can leave a significant amount of metal resiudue, causing cases of metallosis (also known as metal poisoning).

An estimated 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip components were sold in the United States before the recall in July 2012. Patients who have received or think they may have received one of these faulty implants are encouraged to contact a qualified attorney who can properly advise them of what actions to take.

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Personal Injury Lawyer Los Angeles, CA Csengeri Law

As previously posted [post link to previous blog entry], the New England Compounding Company (NECC) is currently under investigation for tainted pharmaceutical products which have been linked to a potential meningitis outbreak.

The first (of many) lawsuits have been filed in a Massachusetts court against NECC for its negligence which resulted in three patients who were being treated for back pain to develop fungal meningitis.
The Chicago-based law firm of Burke, Wise, Morrissey and Kaveny (BWMK) filed lawsuits on behalf of the three Michigan-based plaintiffs, Margaret Snopkowski, Dirk Thompson, III and Murial Armstrong. According to attorney Elizabeth Kaveny of BWMK, “Doctor’s offices should be a safe place, not somewhere where patients get a life-threatening illness like fungal meningitis. The steroids used to treat patients were contaminated and hundreds of people across the country are now suffering.”
The three plaintiffs were being injected a steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, as treatment for back pain. The steroids were manufactured by NECC, which produces custom-mixed solutions and medications. NECC has recalled more than 17,000 of the steroid and in October 2012, the Food and Drug Administration found fungal contamination in a sealed vial of the steroid.
As of today, there have been 23 confirmed deaths out of 284 meningitis cases that span 16 states. Authorities believe that there may be more cases still to come forward as an estimated 14,000 patients were exposed to the infected steroids.
Of the lawsuits already filed by plaintiffs, NECC is named as the sole defendant. However, as more and more cases come forward, more defendants may soon be named. This can include the medical and pain clinics, as well as the doctors who administered the drugs.
In addition to these three cases filed in Massachusetts, over ten lawsuits have already been filed (including one calling for a class action lawsuit) in Indiana, Michigan, Virginia, Florida, New Jersey and Minnesota. Some plaintiffs have confirmed meningitis, while others are filing claims against NECC due to “bodily harm, emotional distress and other personal injuries”.
The meningitis cases do not appear to be at the level of mass settlements of hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars yet. In the past, when hundreds (and even thousands) of cases have come forward, the cases have been consolidated into a large class action lawsuit which often results in a mass settlement for damages. According to the plaintiffs, NECC’s insurance coverage is not adequate to cover the extent of their liability.
These lawsuits are just the start of the legal troubles to come for NECC, its officers, directors and others that may be named for their negligence and involvement in the meningitis outbreak.
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Zimmer Durom Cup Lawyer

U.S. Pharmaceutical Company Linked to Meningitis Breakout

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the New England Compounding Center (NECC), urging doctors through 23 states to contact an estimated 14,000 patients who were prescribed tainted pharmaceutical products. The Massachusetts-based pharmacy recalled all of its products on October 6th after dozens of people were infected with meningitis. Health officials have recently identified two new drugs which may also be linked to the meningitis outbreak.

Meningitis has a long incubation period, which can complicate efforts to identify patients that may be affected. One patient did not develop any systems for over 40 days after receiving a tainted steroid injection. So far 214 cases and a total of 15 deaths have been reported and these numbers are increasing daily.

This meningitis outbreak has raised concerns and a call to action for tighter regulations for the loosely controlled pharmaceutical compounding industry. Critics believe that the drug manufacturers have found a way to sidestep costly and strict regulations by classifying themselves as pharmacies, which are not governed nearly as strictly for mixing drug compounds for patients.

NECC was warned by the FDA back in 2006 that its practices were violating regulations and has been under investigation by state health authorities. Several lawmakers have responded to the meningitis outbreak with promises to introduce new legislation to help bring stricter regulations to the pharmaceutical compounding industry and potential criminal investigations against any violators.

It is unknown how many patients may still be at risk now that two additional drugs have been linked to the meningitis. According to FDA spokesperson, Sarah Clark-Lynn, “The FDA continues to work with NECC to get more information on the distribution of their products. As part of the ongoing investigation, FDA continues to work with the CDC as well as state health officials to determine the scope and severity of this public health concern.”

The FDA also cautioned that it has not yet confirmed that the NECC products were the cause of the meningitis outbreak.

Patients who believe that they received an injection or other product compounded by NECC after May 21st of this year are urged to be on alert for any signs or symptoms of infection, including meningitis. This can include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, swelling, slurred speech, chest pain, weakness or stiffness in joints and altered mental states. If you experience any of these symptoms and were injected with medication recently, be sure to contact your doctor right away.

California has been identified as one the 23 states that received the steroid injection called methylprednisolone from NECC. However, no cases of infection have been reported in California, although the California Department of Public Health estimates that 500 to 600 patients may have been injected with the recalled steroid.

This investigation is long from over as they continue to look into the NECC’s facilities and practices. It has brought to light a much bigger issue about the regulation of this industry and as more details begin to unfold and a cause for the meningitis outbreak is determined and the responsible party is confirmed, victims will surely have rights to hold the parties responsible for the death and illness of those affected. Stay tuned…

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DePuy Lawyer and Lawsuits

The First of DePuy Settlements Announced

The first of lawsuit settlements from DePuy parent company, Johnson & Johnson, were announced recently with an estimated $600,000 to settle the first three cases of an estimated 8,000 lawsuits brought against the company for its faulty hip implants back in 2010. Over 90,000 ASR hip implants worldwide were recalled by DePuy in 2010 when more than 12% of the devices failed within the first five years of replacement.

Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit is estimated to pay out $200,000 per case on three cases that were expected to go to trial later this year. According to Eric Gordon, a business professor from the University of Michigan, the payout was on the “low end of what the company should have expected”, stating that Johnson & Johnson could have expected to pay out onwards of up to $500,000 to settle each case.

For more information about the first settlements of the DePuy lawsuits, click here.

At Csengeri Law, we bring over 25 years of personal injury experience so we bring our years of experience and expertise to the table. Attorney Stephen Csengeri has personally experienced his own personal injury case, which gives him a unique advantage to be able to relate to his clients and understand their needs, concerns and feelings about their situation. Further, Attorney Csengeri is committed to providing the best service to his clients by offering free initial consultations, contingency legal fees and personal service. If you or someone you love has received the defective DePuy ASR hip implant, contact Csengeri Law at (310) 373-9330 today to discuss your case and to schedule a free consultation.

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Source: BusinessWeek.com

What Kind of Injuries Qualify for Personal Injury Cases?

CSENGERI LAW BLOG ENTRY – Week of September 3, 2012

What Kind of Injuries Qualify for Personal Injury Cases?

A common question from many people about personal injury law is, “What kind of injuries qualify for personal injury litigation?” This is a great question, but unfortunately the fairest answer is, “It depends.” There are a lot of different facts and circumstances that can make a personal injury case. You are protected by the law against certain injuries caused by others, so finding someone that is experienced in personal injury law is important, so that you don’t waste your time (or money) filing a lawsuit where you may not have any legal basis.

That being said, here are some common examples of situations that may warrant a personal injury case.

• Car Accidents
• Accidents at Work
• Assault and Battery
• Defective Medication
• Defective Medical Devices (e.g., The Zimmer Durom Cup)
• Medical Malpractice

In summary, if you can prove the negligence of another third-party which resulted in some kind of personal injury—causing physical, emotional and/or financial pain and suffering—you might be able to file a personal injury claim. You should seek the legal advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer who will be able to advise you about your case.

At Csengeri Law, we bring over 25 years of personal injury experience so we bring our years of experience and expertise to the table. Attorney Stephen Csengeri has personally experienced his own personal injury case, which gives him a unique advantage to be able to relate to his clients and understand their needs, concerns and feelings about their situation. Further, Attorney Csengeri is committed to providing the best service to his clients by offering free initial consultations, contingency legal fees and personal service. Contact Csengeri Law at (310) 373-9330 today to schedule your free consultation.

This post is brought to you the good folks at Csengeri Law, servicing the personal injury needs of those throughout the greater Los Angeles and South Bay areas for over 25 years. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or death, call Stephen Csengeri of Csengeri Law at (310) 373-9330 or through our website to set up a free meeting to discuss your case and explore your rights. We’d love to connect with you on Facebook!

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