As our American population ages, orthopedic procedures to replace worn-out joints is becoming increasingly common. One joint that suffers the most degeneration due to repetitive stress is the hip joint where the femur aligns in a socket in the pelvic bone. Over a lifetime, the articular cartilage wears thin, exposing the ligament and joint capsule to the raw bone of the femoral head. Several medical manufacturing companies manufacture titanium prosthesis ball and socket components to replace the natural bone, with the intent of revitalizing the ability for the hip joint to move freely.
Orthopedic surgeons are required to understand the specific components and surgical procedure required for the type of prosthetic hip replacement part they implant. A diagnostic error in the severity of the problem, or a mistake made in the surgery can have a disastrous and painful result in the patient. In the event the surgeon does everything right, there is still the possibility that the hip prosthesis itself will create medical problem, as is the case with DePuy hip replacement prosthesis, currently under recall.
If you or a loved one has suffered a medical problem related to an orthopedic hip replacement procedure in an Oregon or southwestern Washington orthopedic surgery center, you may have a claim to recover compensation for additional surgery, medical care, pain and all monetary damages related to the negligence on every party held liable for your injuries.
Talk to an attorney on the medical malpractice trail team at Miller & Wagner, in Portland, Oregon. We have many years of experience investigating and preparing medical negligence cases, including years of service representing doctors and medical insurance companies defending themselves against hip replacement surgical errors. We will provide an honest evaluation of your case and explain your options for recovering full and fair money damages for your injuries.
From our offices in Portland, our medical malpractice trial attorneys represent plaintiffs in medical negligence claims against physicians and health care providers throughout Oregon and Washington. For your convenience, we have a satellite office in Eugene.