The BHR Smith & Nephew Hip Implant may be used as part of a hip resurfacing, or it may be combined with a femoral stem in a total hip arthroplasty. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved the BHR for sale in the U.S. on May 9, 2006, through the Premarket Approval (“PMA”) process for Class III medical devices. The company later withdrew the BHR device from the U.S. market in June 2015 due to similar high failure rates, particularly in women and in patients with smaller hip joints.
What is my Smith & Nephew hip implant lawsuit worth?
For many patients, the only remedy is to have the BHR device surgically removed in a surgery called a revision. Here are some of the typical medical bills for a patient with a defective BHR hip device:
- Medical monitoring and blood tests: $3,000 a year
- Revision surgery: $55,000 to $95,000
- Physical therapy and nursing home care after revision: $12,000
- Long-term follow up care: $1,700 a year
How do I preserve my rights?
If you do not file a lawsuit within a certain amount of time, you may lose your right to compensation due to the Statute of Limitation. This deadline is different in each state, and it varies depending on the claims you are making in the lawsuit. For a free evaluation of your potential Smith & Nephew BHR hip recall claim, contact Drew Brown at (843) 732-6004.