Have Questions About a Bone Cement Lawsuit?
Get Answers from an Experienced Bone Cement Lawyer
If you’ve had surgery that used bone cement and are now having complications, talk to our attorneys about a possible bone cement lawsuit. Bone cement has been used in millions of joint replacement surgeries to secure artificial joints in place. While in the majority of cases, there haven’t been known problems, in some cases, serious complications from bone cement have been reported. These complications have caused injuries and pain to patients and resulted in bone cement lawsuits.
Learn About Your Legal Options When You Have Bone Cement Complications
At the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant in Houston, we help people when they have been harmed by a medical product such as bone cement. Once we learn about your bone cement complications, we’ll discuss your options for getting compensation through a bone cement lawsuit.
Nobody should go in for a knee replacement, hip replacement, or other surgery and feel worse than before their surgery because of a defective medical product. If it’s happened to you or a loved one, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys have handled thousands of product injury cases and will not back down in standing up for you if your injuries are due to bone cement. Reach out to us by calling (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 today.
How Does Bone Cement Cause Injuries?
Bone cement is an adhesive product used in various types of orthopedic surgery to bond artificial joints to healthy bone. It was originally assumed to be safe, but it has become clear that there are detrimental side effects associated with certain types of bone cement. There have been reported cases of:
- Bone cement debonding or fragmenting and the artificial joint loosening. When this happens, it usually requires a second “revision” surgery to replace it.
- There have also been reported rare cases of leakages of bone marrow, fat, or cement into the bloodstream. This leakage is highly dangerous and can lead to extremely serious complications including blood pressure issues, loss of consciousness, embolisms, heart attacks, and even death.
Our experienced lawyers at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant in Houston believe that medical procedures should help people, not harm them. When someone is injured by a harmful medical product such as bone cement, we want to help them seek recourse for their injuries. If you believe the complications and injuries you suffered after having a joint replacement surgery were due to bone cement, we want to speak with you. We’ll carefully examine all the circumstances of your injuries to determine whether you could get compensation through a bone cement lawsuit. The sooner we speak with you, the sooner you may be on your way to receiving compensation. Call us at (713) 973-8888 to set up a free consultation with one of our bone cement injury lawyers.
Compensation You May Be Eligible for in a Bone Cement Lawsuit
When defective medical products injure patients, they have the right to seek compensation from product manufacturers. Compensation that may be claimed in a bone cement lawsuit against the device manufacturer includes payment for:
- Medical expenses to treat the complications and injuries, including possible costly revision surgery
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity when you can’t work because of bone cement complications
- Pain and suffering for physical pain and emotional distress caused by your injuries.
We’ll advise you about the damages available to you based on the details of your case and what those damages may be worth. Contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant today to arrange a free case evaluation with a knowledgeable bone cement lawyer by calling (713) 973-8888.
Learn About a Bone Cement Wrongful Death Lawsuit if Your Family Member Died
If your loved one died after having knee, hip, or other joint replacement surgery and you believe their death may have been caused by bone cement, we’ll advise you about your options once we learn the facts of their surgery and tragic death. If you’re a spouse, child, or parent of the deceased, you may be able to get compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, lost inheritance, and other damages through a bone cement wrongful death lawsuit. To speak with a compassionate attorney about your loved one, call us today at (713) 973-8888.
Products That May Cause Bone Cement Complications
These are some of the bone cement products (the manufacturers are in parentheses) used in knee replacements and other surgeries that have been reported to be potentially harmful:
- Simplex HV (Stryker/Howmedica)
- SmartSet HV (DePuy)
- CMW 1 (DePuy)
- Cobalt HV Bone Cement (DJO Global/Biomet)
- Cardinal HV (Cardinal Health)
- Rally HV (Smith & Nephew).
All of the above products may have Gentamicin, which is an antibiotic outer layer. There is controversy surrounding antibiotics in bone cement because it could reduce effectiveness of the cement and cause allergic and other reactions.
If any of these products were used in your surgery, you should consider your legal options. You can find out what products were used by getting a copy of your operative report from your surgeon. Or if you believe your injuries were caused by bone cement used in your surgery, we can do the legwork for you by getting copies of your report and other records and evidence. When you work with us, you can trust that we won’t back down in pursuing compensation for your injuries against defective product manufacturers.
Types of Injuries in Bone Cement Cases
In handling bone cement cases, our attorneys have noticed a few trends in operative reports that strongly suggest patients may have claims. Here are some indicators that your injuries may have been caused by bone cement and you may have a claim for compensation:
- The tibial component was removed without the use of force of a surgical instrument. A good example of what you might see in an operative report would be: “The tibial component easily came loose, and it was lifted up by hand without the need for osteotomes, etc.” On the other hand, a negative example would be: “The tibial component was disrupted at the implant device interface with [surgical tool].”
- Your operative report clearly notes “debonding at the implant-device interface.” We often see instances in which the operative report just says “grossly loose” but is unclear as to whether the debonding occurred at the cement-device or cement-bone interface.
- There are “no alternative causes” listed. Some examples of alternative causes include poor bone quality, ligament laxity, loosening of the femoral component, or debonding at the cement-bone interface (instead of cement-device interface).
Surgery reports with complex medical terms such as these can be very hard to understand if you aren’t a doctor. We can review your report for you if you suspect your injuries or your loved one’s death was due to bone cement. Our legal team has in-depth experience looking at medical reports to discover evidence that can help our clients’ cases. Call the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant in Houston at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online contact form to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. We offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose by making an appointment with us.
Pain and Other Indications of Bone Cement Complications
Pain can indicate that you may be experiencing complications from bone cement. For example, after a knee replacement, you might have noticed pain and swelling in or around your knee. You might be experiencing this pain one to two years after your surgery. Though that pain doesn’t necessarily mean the components used in your surgery are failing, it is an indication that you should look into the bone cement used in your surgery. In some cases, the bone cement may be debonding, or failing.
COMMON SIGNS THAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING BONE CEMENT-RELATED COMPLICATIONS INCLUDE…
- Chronic pain resembling your pre-surgery pain
- Pain in your knee or other joint that you’ve never experienced before
- A restricted range of motion
- Swelling or instability around your knee or other replaced joint.
These are signs that you may be a victim of injury from bone cement. Another clue that your complications may be due to bone cement is if high-viscosity bone cement was used in your surgery. High-viscosity bone cement is easier for surgeons to work with, but these types of bone cement may be more prone to failure. We’ll investigate exactly what type of bone cement was used in your joint surgery to determine if it is one that has been linked to complications and injuries.
Can Bone Cement Be Removed?
The answer to this question is “yes.” During revision surgery to replace an artificial joint that has failed, the old bone cement will be removed. New bone cement will be mixed to bond the new artificial joint in place. There can be a higher risk of infection during revision surgery because of this removal process, and the entire revision surgery is generally more costly and complex than the initial surgery. A bone cement lawsuit can help relieve the financial stresses you’re facing because of complications from your initial surgery and the high cost of a revision surgery. Call us today for help.
Talk to a Skilled Bone Cement Lawyer in Houston
Do you need legal help because of a bone cement injury? Turn to our Houston bone cement lawyers. We will review your circumstances and counsel you about the process of filing a bone cement lawsuit. When you’ve experienced bone cement complications, we will work toward getting you the compensation you need for your medical bills and other damages.
Terry Bryant, the firm’s founder, is a former judge and is Board Certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our law firm has helped many clients who have suffered serious medical complications from defective medical devices. Let us hear your story and help you explore your legal options.
Time is of the essence in these cases. If you believe you were injured because of bone cement, don’t hesitate to contact us soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with a bone cement lawyer at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant. Give us a call today by calling (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000, or fill out our online contact form to get started.