The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit against Biomet Orthopedics, LLC, Biomet, Inc., and Biomet, LLC in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of a resident of Portland, Oregon, who suffered pain and was forced to undergo risky and complex revision surgery due to an allegedly defective Biomet M2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff had the M2a Magnum Hip System implanted on April 29, 2008, and was forced on July 5, 2010 to undergo a risky, complex, and painful revision surgery to remove the implant due to premature failure.
The lawsuit says that at the time of her hip implant surgery, the FDA had received over 100 adverse event reports regarding the M2a Magnum implant. The lawsuit also contends that Biomet knew the implant had a design or manufacturing defect that causes excessive amounts of cobalt and chromium to shed from the device. The shedding of the metal debris can cause the body to reject the device, and often causes soft tissue and bone to die, and fluid to build up.
The suit alleges that the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip System was not adequately tested before being sold on the market and that the company continued to sell the defective product while knowing that at the time of the lawsuit, more than 350 adverse event reports have been filed with the FDA.