Georgia Defective Hip Implant / Knee Implant Lawyers

Artificial hip implants and knee implants can provide relief from pain and allow you to enjoy life’s daily activities. However, when these medical devices are defectively designed, manufactured or implanted, they can trigger problems that end up being worse than the conditions they were intended to fix. A patient may need multiple revision surgeries, medication, therapy and rehabilitation. If the implant leads to complications such as infections, blood clots, fractures and dislocations, even more expensive medical treatment may be ahead.

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our defective medical device lawyers understand the physical pain, emotional anguish and financial burdens that result from defective hip implants and knee implants. We believe that the makers of defective medical devices should be held accountable, and victims and their families should be fully compensated for their losses.

If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from one of these defective medical products, we want to help you. Call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation at one of our Northeast Georgia offices in Athens or Lake Oconee.

Hip and Knee Implant Complications

A hip implant or knee implant should generally last for 15 years without complications. But some implant patients may start to experience problems within months of hip or knee replacement, such as difficulty walking, squeaky joints, intense pain, sensitivity and irritation. These are signs that the implant may be defective, and that it’s time to consult a doctor – and an experienced defective medical device attorney.

Hip implants generally replace the ball-and-socket joint with a metal head and femur stem that is attached to the bone using a cement-like bond. In recent years, however, uncemented implants have become prevalent. Problems such as loosening or hip dislocation tend to arise when the cement bond fails to attach the implant to the bone, or when friction causes the uncemented implant to deteriorate and flake.

Knee implants usually involve replacing joint surfaces of the knee with metal and plastic parts. As with hip implants, complications arise when cement bonds fail or friction causes the implant to degrade.

Some of the world’s largest manufacturers of artificial hip and knee implants include Biomet, DePuy Orthopedics (Johnson & Johnson subsidiary), Howmedica (Stryker subsidiary) and Zimmer.  In response to widespread complaints, these medical device manufacturers may issue a voluntary recall. Sometimes, the Food and Drug Administration may have to order a recall. However, if your hip implant or knee implant is giving you problems, it may be defective even if it has not been subject to a recall. That’s why it’s important to consult a physician and an attorney immediately to learn of your treatment options and legal options.

How We Can Help You

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we’ll put our attorneys, staff, investigators and medical experts on your case. Even though medical device manufacturers are well-funded and well-organized, and they will vigorously contest any challenges to the safety of their devices, we’ll use our resources and talent to level the playing field for you.

We will comb through medical records to determine who manufactured your hip implant or knee implant and whether it has been subject to a recall. We’ll also analyze whether a design or manufacturing flaw has caused your harm, and whether the device maker or doctor should have known about this defect.

Our primary goal will be to collect as much evidence as possible so that we can negotiate from a position of strength in settlement discussions. If those negotiations fail to result in a fair and reasonable recovery, then we will be prepared to protect your rights before a judge and jury.

Our defective medical device attorneys have experience taking on large corporations that allow harmful products to be placed on the market. We recently settled claims of 101 women who alleged that they had suffered injuries from a vaginal sling that had been implanted to address stress urinary incontinence.

Contact Our Georgia Defective Hip Implant / Knee Implant Attorneys Today

Since 1984, the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., has assisted victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from across Georgia in the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick and Savannah, as well as Athens, Greensboro, Eatonton, Winder, Commerce, Covington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Elberton, Hartwell, Homer, Lexington, Crawford, Gainesville, Milledgeville, Winterville, Hull, Danielsville, Comer, Colbert, Watkinsville and Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Banks, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Stephens, Jasper, Jones, Baldwin, Hart, Elbert, Greene, Putnam, Columbia, Richmond, Newton, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties.  Our lawyers have also been involved in significant, complex nationwide litigation, and we have represented clients and tried cases in many other states across the country.

Our Georgia defective hip implant / knee implant attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have been recognized by Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, among others, for the quality of their legal skill and professional service.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or complications from a defective hip or knee implant, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to learn how we can help you and to receive a free consultation. We won’t simply refer your case to another law firm. We will listen to you, answer your questions and work with you to map out a path to legal relief.