Wright Hip Replacement Lawsuit
How a Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacement Lawsuit Could Affect You
The results of a defective hip surgery could bring you a lifetime of pain and suffering, but that is probably enough for most patients to handle. But what about the long-term effects of a surgery gone wrong, such as a Wright Hip Replacement lawsuit? For patients who suffer from a debilitating condition such as arthritis, this can be very difficult to deal with. There are many different types of hip surgeries, but every one of them comes with the possibility of complications and problems down the road.
Wright Hip Replacement Lawsuit
A recent case illustrates just how serious the consequences of a defective hip implant can be. In 2021, Christiansen received a substantial settlement from her lawsuit against her former orthopedic surgeon. He had been found to have used sub-standard material in making her hip Replacement surgery. When it was time to pay her settlement, however, Christiansen discovered that the amount of money she would receive was only the price of the surgery alone. She had to pay additional hospital bills, compensation for her pain and suffering, and even more money to cover the settlement costs.
As amazing as this example is, it is far from the exception.
Many people who file a lawsuit are surprised to learn that their doctors do not usually offer a settlement. Why? Usually when a lawsuit gets to the point where it may potentially have a significant amount of damages, the doctor’s insurance company does not want to take part in the case. Insurance companies have become very conservative in recent years, refusing to take part in any personal injury litigation unless the case is so frivolous that they feel they must. Doctors, on the other hand, see the vast majority of personal injury lawsuits as nothing more than a means to collect on the large premiums that keep them in business.
Most personal injury lawsuits are brought on the basis of negligence.
Did the physician or other medical staff responsible for your treatment, fail to provide an adequate level of care for you that should have resulted in a faster recovery? Did they fail to instruct you on proper treatment? Did they instruct you on an effective way to prevent further injury? If so, these cases often wind up in court, and plaintiffs are likely to receive a settlement if the case goes to trial.
Another reason that physicians shy away from the necessity of a settlement, is that they have a difficult time seeing how their actions could hurt the company. If a lawsuit was brought against a manufacturer over the results of their product liability lawsuits, there would be a huge public relations disaster for the company. The company’s stock would immediately take a huge hit, and many doctors and nurses would lose their jobs. Even worse, the company could be forced to give back all of the money that they invested in the artificial hip system. So how much is a wrongful death or injury worth to a company?
A good rule of thumb is to never assume that a doctor is not acting reasonably when he recommends the artificial hip replacement system.
The fact is that most doctors do not know enough about the technology to recommend it, and if they do, they are careful not to indicate it publicly. They don’t want to subject their reputations or patients to any kind of financial backlash. Remember, the average Johnson & Johnson hip replacement lawsuit will result in the plaintiff receiving a small amount of cash, which will be quickly passed on to the insurance company. So the doctor is betting that he has a valid case, but the insurance company is betting that he does not.
In the case of implants being installed incorrectly, there is very little that can be done to correct the problem other than replacing the implant.
For example, if the implant has been improperly drilled into, it can cause the metal to push upward against the side of the hip, causing significant discomfort for the patient. If this happens to the metal of a child’s hip, there is often nothing that can be done to correct the problem other than removing the implant and having the child undergo surgery to replace the hip with a metal plate. Unfortunately, in many of the cases where metal has been pushed upward, there are complications such as infections, metal capsular contracture (where the surrounding tissues harden and squeeze the surrounding muscles, resulting in severe scarring), and even amputation of the part of the hip that was affected. Not all of these complications will develop and it is important to remember that even if one complication does arise, chances are more likely that another complication will not develop unless the original surgery was a poor decision.
If a doctor recommends the metal-on-metal procedure, there is a strong reason to question whether it is the right procedure. Patients who have undergone the procedure have reported suffering from serious complications including necrosis (the death of soft tissue because of a lack of oxygen supply), infection, permanent contracture of the hip joint, anemia, nerve damage, and many other similar problems. A Johnson & Johnson employee who were involved in the case told the press that the number of patients he has seen who have died as a result of the procedure was extremely high. Even if the chance for severe complications is low, the price that you pay for this procedure is much more than adequate compensation for you.