On March 19, 2015, a man filed suit against Biomet Orthopedics, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The plaintiff asserts personal damages occurred after he received a metal-on-metal hip implant manufactured by Biomet.
Chromium and Cobalt Particles
In the suit, the plaintiff states that he received the Magnum Total Hip Arthroplasty System in 2007. The suit alleges that, subsequent to the 2007 surgery, friction and wear resulted in the release of chromium and cobalt into the man’s bloodstream.
Blood Tests Conducted
In September 2014, blood tested confirmed that elevated levels of cobalt and chromium in the patient. Due to the results of the blood tests, the surgeon advised the patient that the hip implant system would require removal. Revision surgery was then performed.
Allegations in the Suit
The suit claims that the defendant, Biomet, knew that the medical device could release metal debris into the body and/or bloodstream. Despite this, the suit alleges that Biomet marketed the Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant as one that was safer than, and superior to, other hip implant systems.
Specifically, the suit alleges that the defendant is guilty of negligence, breach of warranty, breach of implied warranties and strict products liability. The plaintiff is seeking compensation for medical expenses and pain-and-suffering.
If you or a family member suffered adverse side effects potentially caused by a metal-on-metal hip implant, we recommend discussing your potential product liability case with an attorney experienced with defective medical devices. Our firm offers an initial no-charge consultation. To learn more, please contact us.