Can I Claim Compensation for Metal Hip Osteolysis?

Do you have osteolysis caused by having metal hip replacement surgery? Then you could make a compensation claim. Read more about osteolysis and how you could claim compensation so you can start your case today.


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What Is Metal Hip Osteolysis?

Osteolysis is the breakdown and resorption of bone tissue. Artificial joint replacements, like metal hip replacements, can trigger osteolysis.

Metal hip osteolysis: the replacement metal hip can cause the metal joints to be worn down. Activity and excessive use wears away metal particles from the prosthetic. These particles trigger the immune system to fight as your body thinks this is potentially harmful to your health. This can result in healthy bone tissues being reabsorbed (osteolysis). The resorption of healthy tissues causes your bones to weaken and increases the chance of breakages and bone fractures.

Osteolysis has been seen in some patients 12 months after receiving a metal hip implant. If you have osteolysis, it’s likely you will need future surgery to replace the metal hip to stop further bone damage.

In a 2005 study of 165 hip replacement patients, researchers found 9 patients had evidence of osteolysis and an increased hypersensitivity to metals in the body.

Hip Replacement Compensation Claims

You can make a claim for compensation if your hip replacement has caused healthy bone tissues to erode because of osteolysis.

Common compensation claims for metal hips include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Leg has been lengthened or shortened as a result of the surgery
  • Hip dislocation
  • Osteolysis
  • Severe pain
  • Other common hip problems caused by metal implants

It’s important to note, you can only claim any of these damages if there is proof of medical negligence.

In the case of osteolysis, if there is proof your metal hip replacement was faulty or the surgery was negligently conducted, you could make a claim.

Before you make a compensation claim for metal hip replacement osteolysis, there are questions you need to answer:

1. Is your osteolysis caused by your metal hip?

Osteolysis can be caused by other factors, like cancerous tumors. You need medical proof that your metal hip is the main factor.

2. Have you talked to your doctor?

Get as much information as you can from your doctors and nurses handling your case. During a compensation case, your lawyers will have to talk to your medical consultants to build their case.

3. Have you got a timeline that details when you got the hip implant and any pain or problems you’ve suffered since?

This information is vital for your legal team as they can build a strong case that details your history.

4. Have you got a personal injury lawyer that has worked on metal hip compensation cases?

It’s not enough to hire any personal injury lawyer. You need a legal professional who has experience with metal hip claims to give you the best chance of success.

Make a Compensation Claim Now

Having a metal hip prosthesis can be a life changing experience. Surgery and getting used to how the implant works takes time. Throughout the process, you could face discomfort, physical pain and additional emotional stress. However, if you discover you have metal hip osteolysis, you shouldn’t have to suffer the financial and painful burden.

If you’re suffering from metal hip osteolysis, you could make a compensation claim. Our personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, have a history of successful metal hip cases.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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