One indicator that the Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement and M2a Acetabular System 38mm (M2a 38) fail frequently in recipients is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous complaints related to those products. Estimates vary depending on the time period involved, but by May 2012 they exceeded 450. As of May 2013, the number of complaints surpassed 1,600, demonstrating a rapid increase in reports.
Biomet Hip Lawsuits Rising Too
Coinciding with the rising number of adverse event reports to the FDA is a growth in the number of Biomet hip lawsuits. When it was created in October 2012, the Biomet hip replacement multidistrict litigation (MDL) contained only eight lawsuits. By May 2013, it had grown to 308, and many more are likely to join it. It is unknown how many Biomet hip lawsuits are pending in state courts.
Like other metal-on-metal hip replacements, Biomet M2a Magnum and M2a 38 recipients have reported the following side effects that are also listed on the FDA’s Web site.
- Hip replacement dislocation
- Bone fracture
- Joint infection
- Local nerve damage, numbness, and weakness
- Device loosening or breakage
- Difference in leg lengths
- Bone loss (osteolysis)
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling at or near the hip joint
- A limp or change in walking ability
- Noise (popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking) from the hip joint
- Metal toxicity from cobalt and chromium ions released into the blood stream
If you have experienced these side effects related to your Biomet hip, contact a medical professional as soon as possible.
RLG Is Here to Help
Although it’s unknown how many Biomet M2a Magnum and M2a 38 hips will fail in the future, or how many more complaints will be filed with the FDA, if you or a loved one received one of these devices, and you believe it contributed to an injury, then you might be able to hold the manufacturer accountable. The amount of compensation from a Biomet hip lawsuit can include damages for full medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages. Simply click on this link or call 1-800-624-9568 for a complimentary, private legal consultation with a lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group.