Lawsuits are now being filed against Biomet Inc., which allege that its M2a Magnum hip implant caused severe injuries to patients. These hip replacement devices have recently been linked to metal ion poisoning (metallosis) and a high rate of premature failure. If you’ve been injured by a Biomet Magnum Hip Replacement, and are interested in filing a class action lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries, our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
The Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement has been associated with severe health consequences, including device failure and metallosis. These complications may be the result of the implant’s metal-on-metal design, and its alleged tendency to release metal ions as the parts rub together over time. High levels of cobalt have been found in patients implanted with metal hip replacements like the M2a Magnum, and have been linked to severe health complications including tissue death, bone loss, swelling and severe pain. These problems can make revision surgery extremely difficult to perform.
Are Biomet Hip Lawsuits Being Filed?
In October 2012, a panel of federal judges ruled that all lawsuits involving the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant would be consolidated under one jurisdiction. The judges determined that all of the claims contained similar issues regarding alleged design defects, and could therefore be formed into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). When this occurs, one judge oversees pretrial proceedings, which includes witness testimony and evidence gathering. This is intended to speed things through the court process, and to serve the convenience of all parties involved in the litigation. The MDL requires that all pending and future Biomet M2a Magnum hip lawsuits be transferred to Indiana before Robert L. Miller, Jr. As of February 2014, at least 1,141 Biomet hip implant lawsuits had been consolidated into the litigation.