In order to determine if you might have a case or claim against DePuy Orthopedics for the receipt of a defective hip implant, you will have to make the following determinations:
First, you will need to see if the hip implant you received was a DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant:
The best way to look into this matter is to contact either the physician who performed your procedure or the facility where your procedure was performed. Your treating physician and/or the institution should have access to the medical records that are relevant to ascertaining what type of implant you received.
Please note that even if your implanted device is not a DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant you may still have a case, and should consult a qualified attorney about your specific circumstances.
Second, if it turns out that you were the recipient of a DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant, you should schedule a consultation with your physician immediately to assess your level of injury:
Your physician will be able to make an assessment as to whether or not your hip implant is functioning properly, as well as whether or not you are a candidate for “revision” surgery. Some common side effects associated with a malfunctioning hip implant include, but are not limited to hip pain, swelling, infection, mobility issues, displacement and or dislocation of the implant, fractures, etc. Click here to learn more about the Dangers of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant.
Please note – Even if you are not experiencing any of the aforementioned side effects from your recalled hip implant, you may still have a case, and should consult a qualified attorney about your specific circumstances. A defective hip implant could very well not have caused you any problems to date, but could be a proverbial “ticking time bomb” in your body. The faulty “metal on metal” design of the implant has been shown to disperse shards of metallic debris into the bloodstream over an extended period of time. This “blood poisoning” consists of elevated levels of Chromium and Cobalt in the blood, and can have long term, catastrophic consequences for your health.
Third, you should contact a qualified attorney who is familiar with the potential DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant litigation for a consultation on your case.
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