California Smith and Nephew Birmingham hip failure. Gary Lunsford from Riverbank, California filed a personal injury and product liability lawsuit against Smith & Nephew.
According to Lunsford, catastrophic product defect issues with the Birmingham Hip failure that were hidden from patients and doctors for years, leading to many folks getting implanted with a defective and unreasonably dangerous hip implant.
Lunsford, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California claiming that he developed serious and life changing side effects from a Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip which was recalled a few years after it was implanted.
Lunsford noted that he received a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) system resurfacing device in 2010. Lunsford developed excruciating pain and other complications after the hip resurfacing surgery and underwent risky hip revision to have the Birmingham Hip removed six years later in 2016.
Smith and Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Recall
After complaints of unacceptable Smith and Nephew Birmingham hip failure and hip implant failure rates within a few years of implantation, Smith & Nephew recalled the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System from the U.S. market in September 2015.
The Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip was one of the first metal-on-metal hip replacement devices on the market, and many experts were alarmed about its safety even before it was approved by the FDA.
Smith and Nephew Birmingham Hip failure lawsuits
Many injured patients are filing Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip failure lawsuits claiming that Smith & Nephew was fudging medical studies and follow-up hip implant and revision data submitted to the FDA.
In 2012, Hong Kong announced a warning about the Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip systems, finding that they are linked to a higher-than-normal failure rate.
In 2014, Smith & Nephew issued a statement announcing it was recalling smaller size components and changing implanting instructions for use of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing system due to bad performance data.
Smith & Nephew warned that the National Joint Registry of England and Wales found that “revision rates associated with men requiring femoral head sizes 46mm or smaller and with all women patients exceed the current benchmark established by the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
According to lawsuits, Smith & Nephew has received hundreds of adverse reports and premature hip implant failure complaints regarding the BHR but did not report to the FDA promptly. Smith & Nephew was aware of the stark and obvious evidence that the BHR systems were wearing down quicker and more severely than anticipated. Despite this knowledge, Smith & Nephew failed to take corrective action to address the failure problems.
Smith and Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Multidistrict Litigation
In May, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) agreed that all product liability and personal injury lawsuits over Birmingham Hip Resurfacing be centralized and consolidated before U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake in the District of Maryland for pretrial discovery and bellwether trials.
If you think you may have Smith & Nephew Birmingham Resurfacing metal hip device and are experiencing pain caused by metal corrosion or have suffered premature hip failure requiring full revision and emergency care, please call Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm at 214-390-3189.