Many patients receiving the DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacements have serious and life-threatening complications. There is an allegedly high failure rate in these implants. Projections are as high as approximately 80% failure at just 8 years after surgery. The complications of a metal-on-metal hip replacement can be extremely severe. Problems after surgery range from pain, swelling, limited mobility, trouble walking, and dislocation, to a very serious disease called metallosis. The grinding that occurs between parts of the hip replacement can release metal debris into the body and bloodstream, allegedly causing the blood levels of chromium and cobalt to become dangerously high. This metal poisoning in the blood may cause cardiovascular, neurological, thyroid and renal issues in the body as well as destroying muscle, tissue, and bone. There have been thousands of lawsuits filed concerning the DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant.
DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, issued a recall on these products in August of 2010. Due to Georgia's 2 year statute of limitations law, clients may no longer be able to file lawsuits against DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacements after August 23, 2012. A statute of limitations deadline is intended to put a specific length of time on certain lawsuits, so that future filings cannot be extended indefinitely.
If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by a DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement, you should act quickly to protect your legal rights and avoid the upcoming deadline. We believe every patient should be entitled to proper care and certainly proper medical device implants. If you fail to file a lawsuit by the August 23 deadline, your claim could be lost forever.