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Parker Waichman LLP Comments on New Study Showing that MRI is Useful for Predicting Failure of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Date:5/21/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, is addressing new research published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery on May 15, 2013. The study found that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to identify complications that occur in patients with metal-on-metal hip implants even before they have any symptoms of failure. (http://www.jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=1684770)

“We’ve known for quite some time that metal-on-metal hip implants can cause complications that lead to early failure,” said Daniel C. Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP. “The results of this study suggest that patients who have a metal-on-metal hip replacement shouldn’t wait for symptoms to appear before undergoing diagnostic imaging.” Parker Waichman LLP is representing numerous individuals in personal injury lawsuits over metal-on-metal hip implants s. One recent case was filed on March 19, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, where it is one of many cases pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) entitled In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3:11-md-02244).The firm offers free legal advice to patients implanted with all-metal hip devices.

The study involved 69 patients with a hip resurfacing implant, a type of metal-on-metal hip replacement that places a metal cap over the head of the thighbone instead of inserting a rod into it as with a traditional total hip replacement. These patients were divided into three groups: asymptomatic, symptomatic with a mechanical cause and u
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