A Michigan lady has filed a hip replacement lawsuit against Smith and Nephew, alleging that a component she acquired was faulty and failed less than 7 years after it was implanted.
The lawsuit was filed by a woman in the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on August 2, claiming that a plastic liner on a Smith and Nephew hip replacement failed, causing the requirement for modification procedures.
In December 2004, the lady had a Smith and Nephew hip replacement that included a metal cup model with a Reflection Microstable Acebular Cup Liner made from polyethylene. The plastic liner encases the inside of the cup and avoids the cup from grinding against the metal femoral head. in this case, in accordance with the lawsuit, the lining was faulty.
Although the liner should have lasted fifteen to twenty years, based on the lawsuit, the woman’s medical expert found out in March 2011 that the acetabular cup was loosening and the lining was wearing prematurely. The implant was detached on November 7, 2011, less than 6 and a half years after she first acquired the implant.
The modification procedure caused the affected person unable to walk without the support of a walker for 3 months and needed her to make use of a cane for an additional 1 to 2 months. The lawsuit aims for compensatory loss for pain and suffering, emotional distress, hassle and has restricted her physical activity. She has a lasting limp as well, as stated by the smith and nephew lawsuit .