Axiclaim’s Solicitors are successfully bringing claims against both Hospitals and manufacturers after failed hip replacements.
Mrs R underwent a left total hip replacement in 2005 following a short period of suffering caused by arthritis. She was fitted with metal on metal hip components.
However, after only six months or so, Mrs R developed symptoms in her left hip and leg which gradually increased. After further investigations in mid-2006, it was suspected that her acetabular cup had come loose. By this time, she was limping and she had persistent hip and groin pain.
It was not until February 2007 that the decision was made to undertake revision surgery which had the intended benefit of improving the Mrs R’s pain and mobility.
Mrs R asked Axiclaim to investigate a product liability claim. She was concerned that the metal on metal hip components she received were defective.
Axiclaim’s solicitors investigated and found that the hip components were poorly positioned. Expert evidence measured the acetabular cup to be fitted at 80° of inclination and 24° of retroversion (facing backwards).
Mrs R therefore brought a claim against the Hospital Trust who fitted her hip. It was alleged that the acetabular cup was fitted negligently in that it should have been positioned at 45° of inclination and 15° of anteversion (facing forwards). Whilst the Hospital did not provide a formal response to the detailed allegations, a settlement offer of £25,000 was made and accepted by Mrs R.
The revision operation was carried out by the original surgeon and was, initially, successful. However, unfortunately Mrs R was again fitted with metal on metal hip components. These components subsequently went on to fail after six years.
There is concern that the hip she received was faulty and Mrs R is therefore bringing a separate product liability claim with Axiclaim’s solicitors against the product manufacturer.
Axiclaim’s solicitors are instructed in a number of other cases concerning the poor fitting of hip components leading to the premature failure and need for revision surgery.