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What Is the Smith and Nephew R3 Recall?

Our Defective Hip Settlement Attorneys Answer Questions About the Smith and Nephew R3 Hip Recall

Over the past few years, thousands of people have discovered the hip implant they received has been recalled. Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics issued a recall for metal liners of the R3 acetabular system in June of 2012. It has been reported that use of Smith & Nephew R3 in total hip replacements is associated with a higher than expected number of revision surgeries. This prompted a market withdrawal of the devices. Due to these problems, numerous affected individuals have sought compensation for the harm it caused them. As these systems continue to fail and cause injuries, people continue to file claims against Smith & Nephew. Many have sought legal help from hip implant recall attorneys.

Kershaw, Cook & Talley, P.C. is an experienced personal injury law firm that has a track record of obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts in defective medical device claims, such as defective hip implant cases. Our experienced personal injury trial lawyers know how to get the compensation that victims of defective hip implants are entitled. When you have suffered harm as a result of a defective medical device, you need the knowledge, skill, and experience of a seasoned legal professional to take on a huge corporate entity.

What Are the Problems with the Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System?

The metal-on-metal liner is linked to various health issues, including but not limited to:

  • Infection
  • Dislocation
  • Metal sensitivity
  • Loosening/lysis
  • Fracture

Smith & Nephew has recommended that physicians maintain their typical follow-up protocol for patients who have undergone total hip replacement or resurfacing surgery involving the Smith & Nephew R3. However, this advice can have adverse long-term consequences, both physically and financially. If you have had this type of hip replacement procedure, you should have your blood tested immediately for cobalt and chromium buildup. This is true whether or not you have pain, and/or swelling or other unexplained symptoms. Patients with cobalt and chromium levels above 0.3 micrograms per liter (mg/l) or parts per billion (ppb) require monitoring, since these levels are abnormal.

Speaking with a knowledgeable Smith & Nephew R3 attorney is advisable. Our defective hip attorneys help protect your legal rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. Manufacturers of defective medical devices must be held accountable; assuming financial responsibility for their negligence entitles patients to potential monetary compensation for their pain and suffering, and the costs of additional medical procedures associated with the defective product.

Contact Our Smith & Nephew Hip Recall Attorneys

If you or a loved one is affected by a recalled Smith & Nephew R3 hip implant, then contact our defective hip implant attorneys. We are qualified to protect your interests and your legal rights. At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, P.C., we represent hundreds of hip replacement patients who, for decades, continue to rely on our knowledge and expertise in fighting and winning cases in the mass tort and medical device arenas. All it takes is three simple steps! Start by sharing your story with us through our free evaluation form on this page. Otherwise, we invite you to give us a call, toll free, at (916) 520-6639 for a no-cost, confidential case review.


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