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Smith & Nephew Hip Recall News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Motion to Consolidate Smith & Nephew Lawsuits Filed in Tennessee State Courts

New York, New York (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

Smith & Nephew hip recall lawsuits associated with last year’s recall of the optional metal liner component for the R3 Acetabular Hip Replacement System continue to mount in courts throughout the U.S., Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to court documents, plaintiffs in Tennessee recently filed a motion seeking the establishment of a consolidated litigation in Shelby County Circuit Court for all Smith & Nephew lawsuits filed in the state, including those involving the R3 metal liner component. (Docket No. CT-004783-12)

“Since the announcement of the Smith & Nephew recall, we have heard from numerous individuals who suffered serious complications, allegedly due to the R3 metal liner component. A consolidated proceeding like the one proposed in Tennessee would allow these lawsuits to proceed efficiently through the courts,” says Bernstein & Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The firm is currently offering free Smith & Nephew lawsuit evaluations to hip recipients who suffered serious complications, including metallosis and premature device failure, allegedly due to the R3 metal liner component.

Smith & Nephew Hip Recall
The Smith & Nephew hip recall was announced in June 2012, due to the high failure rates associated with the optional metal liner component for the R3 Acetabular System hip device. According to a report from Reuters, annual revision rates in patients with the Smith & Nephew metal liner component were 1.6 percent, which is well above the 1 percent rate Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence deems acceptable. Potential complications from the device include infections, fractures and dislocations, though the company maintains that there is no evidence of the device causing metallosis, or increased metal debris in the body.*

Metal-on-metal hip implants like the device involved in the Smith & Nephew hip recall are currently being reviewed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). On January 17, 2013, the agency issued new guidance for patients with metal-on-metal hips, advising doctors to consider metal ion testing if patients are experiencing symptoms of hip implant failure. The FDA has also proposed a new regulation that would make all-metal hips ineligible for its 510(k) approval system, which allowed such devices to come to market without human testing.**

Smith & Nephew is just one of several hip replacement manufacturers facing lawsuits over metal-on-metal hips. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing claims in the multidistrict litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, for actions involving the DePuy ASR hip implant (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197). The firm is also involved in the federal litigation underway in the Northern District of Texas concerning the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip device (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244). Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner Jeffrey S. Grand is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Pinnacle hip litigation.

In addition, Bernstein Liebhard LLP is representing clients fitted with the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana (In re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2391). The Firm has also filed lawsuits on behalf of individuals affected by the Stryker hip recall for Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems in a multicounty litigation now moving forward in New Jersey Superior Court. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296). Bernstein Liebhard LLP is also representing alleged victims of Wright Conserve hip replacement, as well as the Wright Profemur hip implant.

Victims of metallosis, hip implant failure, and other serious complications allegedly associated with the Smith & Nephew hip recall may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. For more information on filing a Smith & Nephew lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard’s website. For additional information, please contact one of our attorneys today by calling 1-877-779-1414.


About Bernstein Liebhard
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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