Joint Replacement Claims Solicitors

There were 1.69 million joint replacements performed in the UK from 2003-2015 according to the National Joint Registry. The vast majority of these joints provide an increased range of movement and freedom from pain, but in some instances, the joint replacement surgery does not provide the expected results due to issues with the prosthesis. When this happens, the effects can be devastating. Loss of function and pain are the most common symptoms, but bone loss and other more serious symptoms can also happen.

Our team has many years’ experience successfully winning joint replacement claims.

The team maintains a top ranking in both independent legal directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

Our lawyers have successfully recovered compensation for victims of a broad range of joint replacement issues.

 

Our joint replacement claims

Below are some of the claims we are currently running:

 

Other types of joint replacement claims

There are a variety of types of defective joint implants that you may be able to make a claim for.

If you have had joint replacement surgery where the implant has broken down much sooner than expected, you may be eligible to claim.

Typical symptoms of joint implant failure include:

  • Pain or aching in the joint and surrounding area;
  • Reduced mobility; and
  • Difficulty sleeping.

Over time, having a defective implant can lead to severe medical consequences including:

  • The need for early or additional surgery;
  • Metal particles from the implant causing pain, swelling or soft tissue damage;
  • Loss of function after revision surgery; and
  • Pain and stress.

Key contact

Carlos is a Senior Associate in the Specialist Personal Injury Department.  He joined Hugh James in 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in civil litigation, having spent the last 10 years specialising in personal injury multi-track claims, securing compensation for individuals in higher value motorcycle accident claims and product liability group action claims. Currently, Carlos manages a team of lawyers representing a cohort of claimants who are pursuing claims against the manufacturer of a defective 'metal on metal' hip implant.

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Your questions answered

Do I need to get my joint prosthesis replaced?

 

The answer to this question depends on the severity of your symptoms and the extent of the damage being caused by the replacement joint.

Typical symptoms of joint implant failure include:

Pain or aching in the joint and surrounding area;
Reduced mobility; and
Difficulty sleeping.

If you experience any of these symptoms then your first course of action should be to contact your doctor for advice. Be sure to ask them what make and model of joint prosthesis you have.

Your next course of action should be to contact our Harmful Products team to see if you have a claim.

Some patients who have defective joint implants may not experience any physical symptoms of failure. Abnormal blood test results and x-rays can also be signs of a defective implant.

Am I eligible to make a claim?

 

Replacement joints do not typically last as long as natural joints do. Because of this, not all joint implants are eligible to claim. If a particular type of replacement joint experiences higher than expected rates of failure then patients may be able to claim.

The best way to be sure is by having a conversation with a specialist solicitor who will know which implants and what scenarios qualify to claim. The Harmful Products team at Hugh James is always just an email or a phone call away.

How long do I have to make a claim?

 

Claims for defective products must be brought within 10 years of the date that the product left the control of the manufacturer and was put into circulation. This is usually shortly after the date of manufacture. Claims must also be brought within 3 years of the patient gaining knowledge that their hip has failed.

Who will be handling my joint replacement claim?

 

Mark Harvey is the head of the harmful products team and specialises in faulty consumer product cases. Mark has obtained compensation for many individual victims of common but defective consumer products. Mark is the court-appointed lead solicitor coordinating over 1,000 claimants in actions arising out of the recall and health alert relating to the French manufacturer’s PIP breast products. He is also responsible for leading claims concerning various injuries and complaints from medical devices including Zimmer and De Puy hip prostheses.

Mark is regularly called upon by leading bodies and the media to provide legal comment on faulty product cases. Mark leads a team of specialist lawyers all of whom are experienced in pursuing these types of cases. Anyone of them will be happy to provide advice about making a claim for a defective joint implant.

How do I know what kind of implant I have?

 

If you received an implant that there is a known problem with then you are probably already being monitored regularly by your doctor to track the extent of the damage being caused by your defective implant. Regular blood tests can detect abnormal levels of metal in the blood which will indicate if the implants are causing an adverse reaction. If you have had a joint replacement, but are worried or unsure which type you have had implanted, you should contact your doctor for advice.

When components are implanted into a patient a product label will be documented in a patient’s hospital records. The component labels will record the identity of the manufacturer and all batch and reference numbers. This information is also entered on a central register at the National Joint Registry (NJR). Patients can obtain the information from the hospital they received treatment from or the NJR.

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