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Metal-on-metal hip replacement victims tell court they were “guinea pigs”

April 24th, 2015

On the first day of a class action hip implant lawsuit, patients in Australia who received metal-on-metal hip replacements and suffered severe complications told a federal court that they were “guinea pigs” in an experiment gone wrong. The class action hip replacement lawsuit represents 1,891 Australian patients who received a DePuy ASR hip implant and suffered severe side effects.

Patients recounted being told by surgeons that their hip replacements were safe, or even told the hip replacement was the “Rolls-Royce” of hip implants. However, within years the implants led to limited mobility, tissue damage, metal poisoning and revision surgery.

Several companies have faced lawsuits after their metal hip implants caused patients injuries. One of the leading manufacturers of metal hip implants, Stryker Corporation, reached a settlement of more than $1.4 billion for thousands of patients who were injured by its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements. The Stryker settlement is expected to cover thousands of injured patients, though others may still be eligible to file Stryker hip lawsuits.

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