People who received either a Biomet M2a Magnum or M2a Acetabular System 38mm (M2a 38) might be interested in knowing about previous Biomet hip recalls to see how the company reacted to finding out its hip replacements had problems. Thankfully, there are not many examples of Biomet’s hips failing frequently. Although neither of the M2a devices has been recalled, Biomet did participate in the St. Gobain Desmarquest recall in 2001.
Recall Affected Femoral Heads
St. Gobain Desmarquest began manufacturing zirconia femoral heads in 1998. Zirconia heads are ceramic, not metal, so devices using them were not metal-on-metal implants like the M2a Magnum and M2a 38. However, Biomet did use the St. Gobain Desmarquest heads in its hips, as did other noteworthy hip manufacturers Stryker, Smith and Nephew, and DePuy. By 2001, reports began surfacing that the zirconia heads were fracturing between 13 and 27 months of implantation, even though they were expected to last significantly longer. The manufacturers all voluntarily recalled all unused hips containing the zirconia heads.
At the time, only six percent of the 150,000 to 200,000 hip replacement procedures in the United States used zirconia heads, and the recall only affected the unused femoral heads. As a result, it’s unlikely many people received the heads, or if they did, they might not have failed. Later on, it was determined that the ceramic heads had been improperly fired. It’s unknown how many hip replacement lawsuits were filed against Biomet and other hip manufacturers.
The M2a Magnum and M2a 38 are both more likely to fail than a ceramic implant, so the stakes are higher for recipients of either of those devices. In fact a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been formed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Indiana to handle claims regarding these Biomet implants, and the parties announced a mass settlement totaling $50 million for plaintiffs.
RLG’s Biomet Hip Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one received a Biomet hip, and you believe it caused an injury, then you might be able to hold Biomet responsible. The amount of compensation from a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit might include damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. To find out if you are eligible, click on this link or call 1-800-624-9568 and a lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group will reach out to you as soon as possible to give you a complementary, confidential legal consultation.