When it comes to getting a hip replacement, sometimes things don’t turn out the way they should. Sometimes, those who do get a hip replacement have problems with their new hip such as pain or loosening of the new hip. If this happens, they will either have to receive a new hip or have to be placed on pain killers for a while. The problem with pain killers is that they can become addictive. The problem with a new hip replacement is that it may not work better than the first one and might even be worse. This is when you might need to file a lawsuit.
Complications From a Stryker Hip Implant
There may be a few complications from getting a Stryker hip implant. They include:
- Reduced movement
- Possible hip failure
- Swelling and inflammation
- Device loosening
- Damage to the bone
If you have suffered any of these complications from the stryker hip implant then you may be able to file a claim.
Filing a Legal Claim
Sometimes something will go wrong with a Stryker Hip Implant and they may have to be recalled; however, this recall may come too late for some people. When this happens, you may be able to file a claim. Although it may be too late for the recall, you still may be able to file a claim and receive legal remedies. Some hip replacements might be permanent and some require another surgery to fix the mistake; those who have suffered damages from a bad hip replacement can receive some monetary and other benefits. Here’s what you may be entitled to:
- Medical costs. This includes doctor visits, medications, hospitalization and even another hip replacement.
- Compensation for lost income and caregiver costs.
- Pain and suffering including mental and physical pain.
- Compensation for loss of relationship with a spouse.
- Punitive damages.
Lawsuit Vs. Recall
Filing a lawsuit might give you more compensation for your damages than filing a recall. The makers of the hip may even offer money for your damages as part of the recall; however, they may only pay for your medical treatments and the new surgery you may need. This means you may not get money for other losses such as lost wages. This is why it is best to speak to a lawyer before you do anything.
Tips for Filing a Lawsuit
When it comes to filing a lawsuit for a bad hip replacement, there are a few tips you should consider before doing so.
- Speak to an experienced lawyer before you sign off on anything or accept any monetary compensation.
- Beware before you call the hip replacement help line. Some help lines have a phone number and encourage you to call just to collect information from you.
- Make sure you speak to a lawyer before you hand over any evidence.
- Think about getting a second opinion.
Make sure to think about these tips before you file a claim. Find the best lawyer you can to handle your claim as well. Don’t speak to anyone before you consult with a lawyer.
This guest post was provided by Victoria Heckstall.