The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Biomet M2a Magnum™ metal-on-metal hip implant caused complications in a Michigan man. The lawsuit names Biomet, Inc. and Biomet Orthopedics, LLC as defendants.
The lawsuit alleges that the Biomet M2a Magnum™ metal-on-metal hip implant system causes metal to rub against metal with the full weight of the body. This results in small metal particles fracturing from the device and getting absorbed into the bloodstream and local tissue. The suit alleges that the defective design of the the Biomet M2a Magnum™ metal-on-metal hip implant system causes the body to react adversely, often leading to symptoms of pain, dislocation, looseness, squeaking and popping sounds. The suit also claims that the metal debris can cause fluid buildup as well as bone and tissue damage.According to the lawsuit, the man received the Biomet M2a Magnum™ on his left hip in March 2009, despite the company’s knowledge of 100 adverse event reports related to the device. The lawsuit claims that the implant failed, causing the man to suffer severe pain. He was also forced to undergo revision surgery to remove the implant. The lawsuit also alleges that the plaintiff would not have received the Biomet M2a Magnum™ implant if he had known about the risks, and holds the defendants responsible for his injuries.
Recent research has shown that metal-on-metal hip implants fail more often than other hip replacement systems. Also, research based on data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales revealed that metal hip implants fail at a rate of 6 percent in five years compared to 2 percent in plastic or ceramic devices over the same time frame.