Monday, February 27, 2012

Sponsored blog post: Hip replacement faults could lead to compensation claims

More than 100 hip replacement compensation claims have been launched by patients affected by faults in their replacement joints. The problems are related to the ASR hip replacement joint, which was introduced by medical company DePuy in 2003.  The metallic joint was designed to be fitted to younger patients as it allowed the recipient to keep more healthy bone tissue than a conventional hip replacement.  Some patients who had had a hip replacement began reporting problems such as the loosening of the two halves of the joint.  Other reported side-effects included pain and swelling around the joint and more serious complications like bone damage and blood poisoning. 

DePuy withdrew the ASR hip replacement in 2010, although the firm denied that this was related to the problems reported by recipients. The joints were fitted to tens of thousands of patients in the seven years they were available.  Some medical experts estimate that around 8,000 joints were fitted to people in the UK and Ireland.  Many more were fitted to patients in the United States and elsewhere.  Several lawsuits have already been brought against the company in the US, made by people who have suffered pain and discomfort from their hip replacement joints.  A number of those claiming have also had the added inconvenience of having to undergo corrective surgery to replace their artificial hip joints.

At Camps Solicitors, our claims solicitors can offer a free initial assessment, to find out if you have grounds to make an accident compensation claim.

Neil Worrall

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