Biomet, Smith & Nephew failure rates climb in new hip implant data

Metal hip implants made by Biomet and Smith & Nephew are on the rise, confirming the risks of a painful revision surgery for patients due to metallosis and pseudotumor.

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The hip implant lawyers at Jones Ward PLC represent hundreds of people across the nation with injuries caused by metal-on-metal hip implants such as the Biomet M2a Magnum, Smith & Nephew Birmingham, DePuy ASR and Zimmer Durom. Data from the Australian Joint Registry tracks failure rates for all recipients of these defective hip products. There is no mandatory reporting system in the United States, but the Australian data show the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing device, or BHR, carries an 11.7 percent revision rate at ten years, and the Biomet M2a system has a 12.5 revision rate. Those levels are climbing higher in the 2016 version of the registry data compared to previous years. The highest revision rate belonged to the recalled DePuy ASR device, with a whopping 45.8 percent revision rate. Other devices with a high revision rate include the DePuy Pinnacle (11.7 percent) and the Zimmer Durom (14.9 percent). Read the full joint registry report at this link.

Leading the way in hip litigation

Jones Ward represents more injured Smith & Nephew hip implant victims in federal court than any other law firm in the nation. On February 1, 2017, Jones Ward filed a petition with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate all pending federal BHR cases in a single venue. They succeeded and more than 60 cases are now pending before Judge Catherine C. Blake in Maryland. To read more about the consolidated cases in MDL 2775 click here. Jones Ward also plays a leadership role in MDL 2391, the consolidated litigation for Biomet metal on metal hips. This includes taking depositions of leading figures at Biomet, preparing cases for trial, arguing motions before Judge Robert Miller in Indiana federal court, and many other tasks. To read more about the Biomet cases click here. Jones Ward also has represented dozens of injured patients with defective Zimmer Durom metal hips, Wright Conserve metal hips, and recalled Stryker Rejuvenate metal hips.

Settlement options for metal hip victims

The benchmark failure rate for a hip implant device is less than 5 percent after ten years. Metal hips fail at different rates depending on the product, the patient, the implanting surgeon, and other factors. Almost all metal hips in the U.S. can be traced to a small cartel of manufacturers including Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Zimmer, Stryker, DePuy and Wright. These companies have paid billions of dollars collectively since 2010. Settlements range from $300,000 for the Stryker Rejuvenate, to $250,000 for the DePuy ASR, to $175,000 for the Zimmer Durom. Those figures are “base” awards and the final settlement amount may be higher or lower depending on specific factors and the skill and experience of the law firm representing the plaintiff.

Free case evaluation

Jones Ward PLC’s hip implant attorneys have successfully settled hundreds of hip implant claims for injured people in dozens of states. But if the cases don’t settle, Jones Ward is one of a handful of law firms willing to prepare metal hip cases for trial. For a free evaluation of your potential hip implant claim, contact Attorneys Jasper D. Ward or Alex C. Davis.

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