A viewer developed metallosis after having his hip replaced. What are his legal options? Faulty medical device attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli explain what he can do.
Dave Kuharchik: Time now for “The Law & You,” and today we’re addressing something called metallosis. Gotta say, it’s the first time I’ve heard about it but I bet attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli have not.
Ed Ciarimboli: You do not want metallosis.
Dave: This does not sound like a fun condition at all.
Ed: No, not at all.
Dave: Let’s get to the scenario here from one of our viewers. Here’s the set up — Paul in Hazleton says, “I had metal put in my hip and have had problems for years. I was diagnosed with metallosis because of it. Is there anything I can do?” So what’s Paul talking about?
Ed: Basically what it is means metal on metal. These metal hips, there were the DePuy heads, some of them Stryker heads, there are some significant problems with them. And that metal on metal ends up causing this condition called metallosis which ends up being extraordinarily painful. You end up having the hardware removed, more hardware put in in order to cure that. But the metallosis needs to be treated. It becomes really painful. There are a number of class action lawsuits regarding these particular metal hips. That’s one of the things that we’ve been looking at over the course of the last year.
Greg Fellerman: We got a few over the years. The key is if you have a metal hip and you’re having problems with it, they don’t all fit into the category. Again, these are very specific cases, specific products. So if you can get your medical records, you can find out exactly what type you have, even the product number, they give you those cards when you have these implants. And if you do that, it really helps us in the analysis. Because that’s the first question we’re going to ask, “What’s your device inside of you?” So make sure you get that information first and if you can’t get it, we can always help you. They are some cases that need attention.
Dave: And if you need the assistance of the attorneys here on “The Law & You,” you can give them a call or check them out online. And don’t forget results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, thanks so much.
Ed: Thanks, Dave.
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