Donna’s Predicament - Now in the Hands of Able Attorneys!
Donna Indiana was a hale and hearty female in prime of life at 35. She enjoyed her teaching profession and being a mother to three. She was an independent woman, socially active and involved in many charity events. One day, she started experiencing pain in both hip joints followed by a slight limp. She finally decided to contact a well known orthopedic surgeon Steve Coronas, MD.
Steve was an experienced surgeon, and Donna was highly satisfied after consulting him. She developed a strong belief that her troubles would end soon. Steve diagnosed Donna as a Hip Necrosis case after a careful analysis and scrutiny. Though scared of the diagnosis, Donna never lost hope. Steve further opined that Donna should reduce her daily physical activities and rest more, which made things really difficult for her; however, the growing intensity of pain forced her to be home.
Donna’s right hip was at Stage 1 and left was at a probable Stage 3 of Necrosis; the symptoms were increasing, and day to day life was becoming tough. Finally, Steve recommended surgery. Expecting a positive outcome, Donna gave her consent for the left hip core decompression.
Donna’s life took an unfortunate turn after undergoing the surgery. In the ensuing months, she was at no time asymptomatic, and was always in pain. Steve was constantly treating her and Donna had to undergo a series of operations, Left Hemiarthroplasty with Right Hip core decompression followed by an Elective Right Hemiarthroplasty. The disease was following its own course and showed no sign of resolution.
Finally, the heavily marketed and promoted as safe and trustworthy, hip implants were opted as a choice of treatment. Donna and Steve hoped that the hip replacements would relieve many of her symptoms and get her back to her earlier life. The hip implants did well for some time but started causing unexpected injuries. Donna had to undergo a Total Hip Arthroplasty, twice, followed by a dislocation complication and a Right Hip Arthroplasty revision.
The question of who should be held responsible still remains!
The question of what went wrong still remains!
Donna's personal responsibilities, a financial crisis and the unexpected and intolerable complications of the hip implants pushed her into dependency and depression. Trust and patience were at stake for Donna. She was on the verge of a breakdown. Just then, her attention was drawn to a ‘Hip Implant Lawsuits’ television commercial.
Donna contacted the mass tort law firm from the commercial with the intention of filing a lawsuit against the device makers as she needed a legal representation to fetch a fair amount of compensation for her losses. An attorney who understands the depth and severity of these complex cases can be a ray of hope to the victim. Attorneys equipped with all the legal weapons, backed up with the evidence of medical records are the ones who can win justice in a timely manner.
Speaking to the attorney gave Donna a positive outlook as she was informed that some hip implant manufacturers had resolved thousands of lawsuits through settlement agreements in recent years. In fact, settlement payments to some of the people who sued were still going out in some of those cases. He further informed her that her case litigation would be really smooth as lawsuits had been centralized in the DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244; Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) and R3 hip replacement lawsuits are a part of MDL Re: Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation; Stryker-branded LFIT Anatomic CoCR V40 femoral heads, are a part of MDL No. 2768 – In re: Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation). Whereas New Jersey’s State Supreme Court also combined all state court LFIT V40 lawsuits into a MCL in Bergen County in May 2017.
Her case is now a part of the other existing hip cases, nearly 13,000, pending across the country as of late 2017. For now Donna is sure of one thing, she is heading in the right direction!
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