Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors Featured In Liverpool Daily Post

As reported in the Liverpool Daily Post:

Patients with metal-on-metal hip implants seek legal advice from Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors, specialist Metal On Metal Hip Implant Lawyers:

http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/ldpbusiness/business-local/2012/03/15/patients-with-metal-on-metal-hip-implants-seek-legal-advice-99623-30535501/

Gregory Abrams Davidson are one of six lead Solicitors across the country that have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this metal on metal DePuy ASR recall receive the compensation they deserve.

In addition, the firm is currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy metal on metal Pinnacle (information about which is contained in earlier blogs). If you would like to discuss a potential claim with one of our specialist team members, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 3353 or 020 8209 0166. Alternatively, you can email us at info@gadllp.co.uk

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RESEARCHERS CALL FOR A BAN ON METAL-ON-METAL HIP IMPLANTS

Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors are currently acting for approximately 150 clients who have been affected by the DePuy ASR recall. The firm is one of only six lead Solicitors across the country who have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this recall receive the compensation they deserve.

In addition, we are currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy metal on metal Pinnacle

A recently published Lancet Study analysed the National Joint Registry of England and Wales data for primary hip replacements (402,051, of which 31,171 were stemmed metal-on-metal) performed between 2003 and 2011. Metal-on-metal hip implants were always thought to more durable than other options but the recent study suggests evidence to the contrary.

The Study looked into the causes of total hip implant failure and in particular, whether metal-on-metal bearing surfaces and large head sizes result in improved implant survival. The Study was published just two weeks after the British Hip Society advised all patients with large head (36mm or greater) metal-on-metal implants to be kept under annual review. Please see our previous article entitled “British Hip Society Statement: 1 March 2012”.

The Study concluded that “metal-on-metal stemmed articulations give poor implant survival rate compared with other options” (such as ceramic, plastic and polyethylene) and “should not be implanted”. The Study reinforced the guidance of the British Hip Society in respect of the importance of monitoring patients.

Results from the Study reveal that the failure of metal-on-metal Total Hip replacements is related to the size of the head with the large headed implants failing earlier.  Overall, 6.2% of patients require revision surgery within five years. This compares with 1.7 to 2.3 % of patients who had ceramic or plastic joints. The researchers calculated that each 1 mm increment in head diameter was associated with an approximately 2% greater risk of revision at any given time. The Study also found that the failure rate was notably higher in females.

For more information please see:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2114129/ALL-metal-hip-joints-banned-Failure-rate-times-higher-types.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.thelancet.com/search/results?searchTerm=metal+hips&fieldName=AllFields&journalFromWhichSearchStarted

If you would like to discuss a potential claim with one of our specialist team members, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 3353 or 020 8209 0166. Alternatively, you can email us at info@gadllp.co.uk.

 

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How Do I Find Out the Name of the Implant I had Fitted?

How Do I Find Out the Name of the Implant I had Fitted?

The recent MHRA guidance (see our previous post) in respect of Metal-on-Metal implants has sparked a surge of media interest. The guidance is in respect of large head implants (36mm or more) and therefore, it does not apply to those patients who have had a ceramic, plastic or small metal head implant fitted.

We are aware that many patients who contact us do not know the name of the Metal-on-Metal implant they had fitted.

If you do not know the name of the implant you had fitted, we suggest that you contact your hospital and speak to either your Consultant’s secretary or the Access to Records Department.

Each hospital has their own protocol for dealing with such requests but whatever the method, you are entitled to know the name of the implant you had fitted.

Alternatively, you can make a request for a copy of any data held on your hip (if available) through the National Joint Register. The form can be downloaded from:

http://www.njrcentre.org.uk/njrcentre/Patients/AccessingyourNJRdata/tabid/211/Default.aspx

The NHS has issued useful advice which can be found at:

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/02February/Pages/latest-news-metal-hip-replacement.aspx

If you are concerned and would like to speak to one of our dedicated team, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 33539 or 02082090166. Alternatively, you can email us at abennett@gadllp.co.uk or fill out our online contact form.

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British Hip Society Statement: 1 March 2012

Hip Replacement News

The British Hip Society (BHS) has recently issued a statement in respect of large diameter metal-on-metal bearing total hip replacements.

The statement came following an annual meeting during which recent data in respect of metal bearing hips were discussed.

The following was unanimously agreed:

  • Large diameter metal-on-metal primary total hip replacements using bearings of 36 mm or above should no longer be performed until more evidence is available, except in properly conducted and ethically approved research studies.
  • This advice does not apply to hip resurfacing
  • The British Hip Society endorses the guidance issued by the MHRA on the 28th February 2012. Patients who already have metal on metal bearing implants should be followed up.
  • The British Hip Society will continue to monitor the latest research in this field and will provide further guidance once more information becomes available.

For more information, please see http://www.britishhipsociety.com/MoM%20Update.htm

About Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP, Hip Recall Claim Experts

Gregory Abrams Davidson solicitors are currently acting for approximately 150 clients who have been affected by the DePuy ASR recall. We are 1 of 6 lead Solicitors across the country that have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this recall receive the compensation they deserve.

In addition, we are currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy metal on metal Pinnacle (information about which is contained in earlier blogs). If you would like to discuss a potential claim with one of our specialist team members, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 3353 or 020 8209 0166. Alternatively, you can email us at info@gadllp.co.uk

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DEPUY PINNACLE HIP REPLACEMENT: UPDATE

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement: Update

A lot of concern and media attention has recently mounted in respect of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement which is manufactured by Depuy. This implant is still on sale and has not been subject to a manufacturer recall.

Evidence suggests that like the DePuy ASR, the Depuy Pinnacle has a higher than normal revision rate as a result of metal debris.

The newsnight/BMJ investigation (click link to read article) discovered that DePuy altered the design of the Pinnacle implant without any clinical trials being conducted. Some experts believe that the design of the Pinnacle implant is responsible for the high levels of metal debris that is found in patient’s blood.

We are currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy Pinnacle implant.

If you or somebody you know is suffering as a result of the DePuy Pinnacle or the  DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or a DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our dedicated team on 0151 733 33539 or 02082090166. Alternatively, you can email us at abennett@gadllp.co.uk or fill out our online enquiry form which can be found on the Contact Page.

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MHRA Guidelines: Metal on Metal Hip Replacements

MHRA Guidelines: Metal on Metal Hip Replacements

On the 28th February 2012, the MHRA issued guidance to Surgeons across the country in respect of management recommendations for patients with Metal-on-Metal hip replacement implants.

Please see the following links for more information:

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/dts-bs/documents/medicaldevicealert/con143787.pdf

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9110919/Annual-blood-tests-for-hip-patients-over-poison-fears.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/hip-replacement-toxic-risk-could-affect-50000-7462640.html

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Metal on Metal Hip Replacements: Update February 2012

METAL ON METAL HIP REPLACEMENTS:

Update February 2012

We are currently acting for approximately 150 clients who have been affected by the DePuy ASR recall. We are 1 of 6 lead Solicitors across the UK that have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this recall receive the compensation they deserve.

Since the recall in August 2010, there have been increasing concerns in respect of other Metal on Metal hip implants. There are approximately 49,000 patients with large head Metal-on-Metal hip replacements.

Many patients who have Metal-on-Metal hip implants fitted have mirroring symptoms to that of the DePuy ASR, namely damage caused by metal debris resulting in tissue and blood damage which results in the need for the hip to be revised.

A lot of media attention has recently been given to Metal on Metal implants following the recall of the ASR product. The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) have issued an alert in respect of large head (36mm or more) metal on metal implants. The MHRA have advised that patients who have large head metal on metal implants fitted have a “small risk of suffering complications”.

Whilst they have not been recalled, surgeons have been advised to contact all patients and keep them under annual review. At the very least, blood tests should be conducted to measure the levels of chromium and cobalt in the blood.

The previous advice was that patients with this type of implant should be followed up for a minimum of five years following the operation.

This new advice came as a result of a joint BBC Newsnight and British Medical Journal investigation.

For more information please see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17192520

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GAD Metal Hip Implant Client Featured on BBC News

A 40-year-old mother from Surrey is one of 150 clients represented by Gregory Abrams Davidson who are taking legal action against DePuy Orthopeadics Inc.

In this particular case, our client’s metal on metal hip replacement has caused her agony and she has had to give up work after the metal hip she had inserted wore away four years after her replacement operation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-16815984

Gregory Abrams Davidson are one of six lead Solicitors across the country that have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this metal on metal DePuy ASR recall receive the compensation they deserve.

In addition, the firm is currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy metal on metal Pinnacle (information about which is contained in earlier blogs). If you would like to discuss a potential claim with one of our specialist team members, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 3353 or 020 8209 0166. Alternatively, you can email us at info@gadllp.co.uk

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UK ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS WARN OF DEPUY IMPLANT FAILURE

The British Orthopaedic Association have recently warned that approximately half of all recalled DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement implants may fail within six years.

It has been estimated that the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Systems could reach a failure rate of 21% after four years. After six years, the surgeons predict that number will reach a failure rate of up to 49%.

This finding is exactly why patients who have had an ASR XL Acetabular System should contact us even if they haven’t suffered with any symptoms. Patients may be entitled to compensation despite the fact that they have not as of yet experienced any pain.

Given that strict time limits apply to these claims, all ASR XL Acetabular System patients are urged to take legal advice immediately, irrespective of whether or not they have had any pain.

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DEPUY: TIME LIMITS

Strict time limits will apply to all those wishing to bring a claim against DePuy.

Amy Bennett, Solicitor offers the following advice: “If anybody thinks they may have had an ASR XL Acetabular system or a DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System after 2003, they should seek legal advice immediately even if they are unsure what type of hip implant they have had fitted.”

If you or somebody you know is suffering as a result of a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or a DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our dedicated team on 0151 733 33539 or 02082090166. Alternatively, you can email us at abennett@gadllp.co.uk or fill out our online enquiry form which can be found at www.hipreplacementclaims.co.uk

Gregory Abrams Davidson has created a specialised First Response team in order for all new DePuy enquiries to be dealt with effectively.

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