Hip pain is a general condition where the individual experiences pain in or originating from the hip. Hip pain may be an isolated condition and could suggest something wrong with the individual’s hips or hip joint. However, hip pain can be connected to other conditions.

Hip pain may be an indication of other medical conditions, such as:

Hip pain can result from direct injury or trauma to the hip region, such as a car accident injury. Such pain also commonly results from slip and fall cases.

What Are Some Remedies or Treatments for Hip Pain?

Hip pain may involve many treatment techniques, including:

  • Pain medication
  • Hip surgery (implants or replacement of joints)
  • Therapy and rehabilitation to strengthen the hip area

Some hip treatments may involve a combination of approaches. Patients may need rehabilitation after a surgical procedure.

What Is a Hip Injury?

The hip is the location where the thigh bone meets the pelvis bone. It is a ball-and-socket joint that is generally difficult to damage when healthy. Nevertheless, running, playing sports, falling, or other causes can result in hip injuries.

Common types of hip injuries are:

  • Fracture
  • Strain
  • Dislocation
  • Bursitis
  • Wearing down of cartilage or other areas

These injuries can happen in several ways, including using a defective product, being hit by someone, or slipping and falling. Hip injuries can also occur in automobile accidents, workplace accidents, and other settings.

What Is a Defective Product Hip Injury Claim?

A defective product is a product placed by its manufacturer on the market that is defective in its design, manufacturing, or marketing.

Hip implant or hip replacement devices can help individuals with damaged or injured hips. However, it can cause a hip injury when the device is defective.

These kinds of hip injuries can vary in nature and may involve:

  • Improper alignment of joints;
  • Erosion of parts;
  • Metal entering the person’s bloodstream; or
  • Interference with blood flow to muscles.

These injuries can be severe and may often require removing and replacing the defective hip product.

What Are Hip Replacements Surgeries?

Hip replacement surgeries are medical procedures in which some or all of the hip joint is replaced with artificial parts. This can be performed due to injury, erosion of the hip joint, or deterioration of the joints/tendons. The procedure can be performed under many different variations.

These include:

  • Total or partial replacement of the ball/socket joint
  • Reconstruction or resurfacing of some of the bone (the “ball” part of the joint)

In some circumstances, hip disease or injuries can be harrowing due to bone-on-bone contact or a weakening of the surrounding muscles. Hip replacement procedures usually involve some metal implant or metal-based parts to replace the joint.

Are There Any Legal Concerns Associated with Hip Replacement Surgeries?

Recently, several health concerns and legal issues have been associated with hip replacement procedures. Hip replacement procedures are relatively new, and long-term effects have not been comprehensively registered. This is especially true for some newer techniques involving metal parts.

Some problems with hip replacement procedures include:

  • Metal toxicity or defects: cobalt, titanium, or some alloy may be used; these can sometimes leak into the blood system, causing poisoning, tumors, and other side effects.
  • Sensitivity to the metals being used.
  • Difference in leg length (the length of a leg may often change after a hip procedure).
  • Fractures or dislocations.
  • Metal on metal implant failure (loosening or weakening of the metal components).

Research shows that dislocations after the procedure are the most common side effect of hip replacement. While metal toxicity or sensitivity is less common, the reported cases often involve more severe side effects.

Lastly, some complications can occur in cases where a hip replacement needs to be removed or corrected. During such processes, small pieces or fragments of the old replacements can get left behind, causing a risk of infection, disease, or other dangerous side effects.

What Are Hip Implants?

Over time, the ball and socket joint of the hip can deteriorate or weaken. Recent surgeries have been developed to address this particular type of physical problem. These surgeries can range from refinishing the hip bone surfaces to a complete replacement of the ball and socket joint. Newer hip implant techniques use metal-on-metal devices to simulate the hip joint.

While hip implant surgeries can be very efficient and effective, recent surges of hip implant injury lawsuits have emerged, especially with metal implants. This may be due to the novelty of the medical device technology and a lack of long-term testing on such procedures. Also, some hip implant technologies are defective, causing injury to patients soon after the process is completed.

What Are Some Types of Hip Implant Defects?

Some recently discovered hip implant defects may include:

  • Erosion of parts
  • Problems with the metals entering the bloodstream
  • Interference with proper blood flow to muscles
  • Improper alignment of joints or artificial joint parts

These metal hip implant defects can lead to miscellaneous injuries, including pain in the joints and lower back, constriction of the upper thigh muscles, and improper spine alignment.

Blood-related injuries due to the metal materials entering the bloodstream are of particular concern.

Can I Recover Damages for Hip Implant Defects?

Injuries from metal hip implant defects may be handled in a court of law. Hip implant defect lawsuits have already been filed, allowing some individuals to obtain a damages award for their injuries. In some circumstances, this will cover hospital bills, costs of prescription drugs, and other related losses such as lost wages (for example, if the injuries cause the individual to miss work).

Other remedies may include a full refund of the product and reimbursement for the cost of future surgeries. In such cases, the laws covering damages awards may vary from state to state.

What If My Hip Injury was the Result of a Slip and Fall?

A slip and fall accident can also lead to hip injuries. A person injured because of someone else’s negligence, such as a slippery or damaged floor, can sue to recover damages from the hip injury.

A negligence dispute requires a plaintiff to establish elements to win:

  1. Duty
  2. Breach of duty
  3. Causation
  4. Damages

For example, a plaintiff who slipped and fell in a grocery store must demonstrate that the grocery store owed them a duty of care to prevent the slip and fall conditions. They must also demonstrate that the store breached this duty of care, such as failing to clean up a spill.

The injured individual would also have to establish the grocery store’s negligence caused the accident. The last element requires the plaintiff to demonstrate the accident led to their medical bills, pain and suffering, or wage loss because of their hip injury.

A person can also sue if their hip injury resulted from an intentional tort such as a battery. Just like the defective product and negligence theories, a plaintiff will have to prove elements of the tort to win.

Should I Contact a Lawyer If I Have a Hip Injury Legal Claim?

If you have a hip injury legal claim, contacting a personal injury lawyer may be in your best interests. They can assist you in filing a lawsuit against the appropriate parties and represent you in legal proceedings. Use LegalMatch to find the right lawyer for your needs today.