Welsh hip replacement patients given High Court right to sue manufacturer
Sep 08, 2014 20:34 By Nathan Bevan
A Group Litigation Order has been approved for patients who claim that the prosthetic hips they received left them in more pain and restricted mobility
A Group Litigation Order has been approved for patients who claim that the prosthetic hips they received at some of Wales’ leading hospitals left them in more pain and restricted mobility than the osteoarthritis they experienced prior to their operation.
In some cases, fragments from the prostheses even worked their way into and damaged the tissue surrounding it.
The condition, known as Adverse Reaction to Metal Debris (ARMD) requires all those affected to undertake follow-up blood tests, ultrasound and MRI scans, with many having to undergo a second painful operation to rectify the problem with ceramic or polyethylene implants.
Rather than targeting the venues at which the procedures were carried out – including Cardiff’s Llandough Hospital and Princes Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil as well as Swansea’s Morriston Hospital, Newport’s Royal Gwent or Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl – legal action will instead be directed at Leeds-based implant makers DePuy International Limited.
“The DePuy Pinnacle metal on the hip replacements was meant to last approximately 10 to 15 years, but many patients have had to have their hips replaced again after just a couple of years,” said Mark Harvey, of Hugh James solicitors, the Cardiff personal injury firm appointed to represent claimants.
“Sadly, the corrective operation is often more traumatic because of the damage that’s already been done to the muscle and tissue.
“In addition to the discomfort, there’s the inconvenience of having to repeat the procedure, which unfortunately also means more work and use of hospital resources in monitoring each patient and conducting further surgery”.
Anyone wishing to join the Group Litigation Order has been advised to make themselves known as soon as possible to ensure that their claims are investigated before their names are placed on the group register.
For further information contact the Hugh James hips helpline on 0333 3314189.