The Federal Judicial Panel on multi-district litigation has consolidated cases against medical device manufacturer BioMet in the Federal District Court for the Northern District Court of Indiana. The BioMet M2A magnum implant is another metal-on-metal product which has been subject to much criticism. Allegations in more than 40 lawsuits claim that these devices cause metal poisoning and tend to fail prematurely.
As a result of the complications associated with these implants, new revision surgeries are often very difficult. In some instances, patients needing revisions as a result of failed metal-on-metal implants will require numerous follow up surgeries and incur extensive medical expenses.
BioMet is one of many manufacturers of metal-on-metal devices that have been subject to lawsuits. The most widely recognized of the group is DePuy, which issued a recall for its ASR implants last year. Those cases were consolidated in the Northern District of Ohio and the first trials are expected early next year.
The Kentucky product liability attorneys of the Thomas Law Offices are also investigating cases of other metal-on-metal hip implants, such as those manufactured by Smith & Nephew, Stryker and Wright Medical.