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Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Claims

BHR Hip Implant Claims

When medical technology company Smith and Nephew introduced the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) hip implant to the market in the late 1990s, it was believed that the implant would offer an improved solution to younger, more active patients for 20 years or more. For some patients, however, this was not the case.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or ill health due to a BHR hip implant, our lawyers could help you to claim the compensation you deserve. We have helped clients suffering from a number of conditions it is claimed resulted from a faulty BHR hip implant, including:

  • The need for early or additional revision surgery
  • Pain, swelling or soft tissue damage due to metal particles from the implant
  • Impaired function after revision surgery
  • Further injury caused as a result of the product being fitted, resulting in pain, stress or discomfort

Our personal injury team is highly experienced in the field of product liability claims, and we're dedicated to guiding you through the claims process in plain English. We'll also help you to access any medical support or rehabilitation you need to make as full a recovery as possible – a commitment that has seen us win Post Magazine's Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions.

If you have any questions about making a BHR hip implant claim, call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online for a free consultation on your case.

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BHR Hip Implant Claims - More Information
    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury caused by a defective medical product, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss what's happened to you, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you do decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same three stages:

      1. Investigation. We'll begin by determining the extent of your injury or illness, and any losses that you may experience as a result. This may involve an examination carried out by a medical expert.
      2. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to your opponent, and they can either accept or contest your claim.
      3. Conclusion. If your opponent accepted blame, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, court proceedings will begin.

      Starting proceedings doesn't mean that your claim will definitely go to trial. Instead, it means that the court takes over the management of your case – and there is still the opportunity for your opponent to settle.

      If you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 121 6567 for your free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there's no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it's always worth checking whether you're already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • What Is A Group Action, And What Are The Benefits?
    • When an entire line of medical products is defective, many people may suffer injuries as a result. In these situations, it is possible to make a group claim to ensure you and your fellow victims are fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      In some cases a group action may be appropriate way for the court to manage a number of similar claims together without having a trial of each individual claim. Group actions can help people to share legal expertise as well as the cost by working together, to try and maximise the chances of being fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      We have extensive experience in pursuing group actions relating to many different types of claim, including for defective products, drugs and medical devices.

      The expertise and results achieved for our clients means that Irwin Mitchell is the most highly ranked personal injury firm in the UK by two independent leading legal reviews.

      If you're unsure about whether making a group claim is right for you, it's best to seek some advice. Contact us and we'll be able to advise you on the options.

    • How Much Can I Claim?
    • How much compensation you receive for an injury caused by a defective medical product will depend on various factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on many factors, including:

      • Current and future loss of earnings from being unable to return to work
      • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Whether you need modifications to your home
      • Whether you need mobility aids or specialist equipment
      • Your pain and suffering, and the nature of any ongoing problems you have

      For more information, call us on 0800 121 6567 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

Meeting manufacturing specifications is a must for companies producing medical devices, especially those designed to be implanted within the body. People are entitled to expect the highest levels of safety.”

Tim Annett, Partner
Defective Products

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a BHR Hip Implant?

The BHR hip implant is regarded as one of the best metal-on-metal hip implants currently available. Predominantly used on younger, active patients, it delivers clinical results that also help to conserve the bone.

In the 1990s, the BHR implant became the most widely-used resurfacing implant for both men and women. Many patients were implanted with the BHR hip implant, each expecting the implant to last 20 years or more due to the fact it could perform better than traditional hip replacements.

However, in recent times, cases relating to the BHR hip implant have centred on revision rates (surgery that the patient has required to remove and replace the initial hip implant that was fitted), size of components and other patient-specific factors. This led to Smith and Nephew issuing a Field Safety Notice in January 2015, which acknowledged that certain BHR hip replacement implants can pose a health risk – especially for patients aged 65 or older, female patients, or those with a femoral component size of 48mm and below.

If you have any more questions about your BHR hip implant, call us today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free initial consultation about your case.

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What Potential Issues Can Come From Faulty Implants?

Not all BHR hip implants have led to health risks for the patient, but we are currently investigating claims in relation to the size of the BHR femoral heads and the need for early revision surgery.

Implant manufacturer Smith and Nephew have accepted that patients may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pseudo-tumours
  • Tissue damage
  • Fluid collections
  • Enlarged bursae
  • Pain, swelling and local build-up of excessive metal particles
  • Damage to bone
  • Impaired function post-surgery 
  • Early revision surgery

If you have any questions regarding the BHR hip implant, or have experienced any complications associated with the prosthesis, give us a call today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online for a free initial consultation on your case. We're here to help.

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Who Can Make A BHR Hip Implant Claim?

If you've suffered an injury or ill health after having a BHR hip implant fitted, you may be able to claim compensation.

You can also claim on behalf of a loved one who is unable to make legal decisions, such as a relative with dementia.

If complications from a BHR hip implant have resulted in you losing a loved one, then you can also claim on their behalf. You usually have three years from the date they died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

If you're not sure whether or not you'll be able to make a claim, it's best to seek advice from the experts. Call us today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free initial consultation about your case.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A BHR Hip Implant Claim?

We have a great deal of experience investigating claims involving BHR hip implants.

We have offices up and down the country, and we are excellently-placed to provide you and your family with the support you need throughout the duration of your claim.

In complex situations, it’s important to have the experts on your side. If you’ve suffered as a result of a BHR hip implant, we'll work tirelessly to make sure you receive all of the support, advice and care you need - including access to the rehabilitation you need. We'll also strive to get you a compensation settlement that reflects the impact it has had on your life – including any loss of earnings.

If you'd like help and advice or have experienced an issue with your BHR hip implant in the past, call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online for a free consultation on your case.

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