Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Claims

'Mix And Match' Hip Replacement Claims

When we place our health and wellbeing in the hands of medical professionals, it's not unreasonable to hope for the best possible care. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, leading to further injuries, stress, discomfort and even additional surgery.

'Mix and match' or ‘combination’ hip replacements are when patients find that they have been fitted with a prosthesis made up of components that weren't designed or intended to be used together. If you or someone close to you has been affected by this, our lawyers could help you claim the compensation you deserve.

We can help you in a variety of circumstances, including when:

  • Issues have occurred as a result of your 'mix and match' hip replacement
  • The components used have been defective or failed
  • The implants have suffered abnormal levels of wear, leading to early surgery
  • Damage has been caused to bone and tissue from metal particles released from the implant

As well as handling your claim, we see it as our duty to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. That's why we offer all the advice, support and care you need throughout the duration of your claim, including access to professional medical support and rehabilitation.

Our personal injury team has a great deal of experience with product liability claims, and we're proud to have won Post Magazine's Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions.

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


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'Mix And Match' Hip Replacement Claims - More Information
    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury or illness 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 accepts liability, 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 will put a timetable in place and manage your claim towards trial. There is still the possibility 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 are 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?
    • 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.

    • What Is A Group Claim, 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 Are 'Mix And Match' Hip Replacements?

With around 70,000 Britons having their hips replaced each year, a significant number of hip prostheses are required to fill the increasing demand. Many different companies make prostheses and warn that their components shouldn't be used with components made by other companies. However, sometimes this recommendation is not followed.

If the ball and socket components are made by one company, and the stem is made by a separate company and is not authorised for use with the ball and socket component, this is known as a 'mix and match' hip replacement.

The role of the CE Mark is also important. This mark is awarded to companies to confirm that their implants comply with the relevant European laws. Each component of a hip replacement is provided with its own CE Mark which applies when that component is being used with other authorised components, usually from the same manufacturer. But where implants have been mixed and matched, those components are not authorised for use together and the CE Mark is not valid (as prostheses have not undergone the testing that is needed to acquire the mark). Therefore it becomes difficult to know:

  • The risks to patients of having these implants fitted
  • Whether or not these implants will fail
  • How long they will last
  • How they will perform

Many patients with 'mix and match' implants require early surgery as a result of damage caused to the bone and tissue from metal particles released from the prostheses – and we are continually working on behalf of those who have been affected.

If you have any questions about making a claim, or how we can help, then please don't hesitate to 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 'Mix And Match' Hip Replacement Claim?

If you have suffered as a result of a 'mix and match' hip replacement, you may be able to claim compensation. You usually have three years from the date that an injury or illness was caused by the product to make your claim. However, claims arising from defective products also have to be brought within 10 years of the product going into circulation, so it's important to contact us as soon as possible to find out whether you have a claim.

If a loved one has died as a result of a 'mix and match' hip replacement, you can also seek compensation.

If you're not sure whether or not you'll be able to make a claim, it's best to seek some 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 'Mix And Match' Hip Replacement Claim?

With offices throughout the UK, Irwin Mitchell is experienced in investigating claims regarding 'mix and match' hip replacements. We are best-placed to provide you and your loved ones with the support you need during what can be an upsetting and disruptive time.

If you’ve suffered as a result of a 'mix and match' hip replacement, we'll work tirelessly to make sure you receive all of the support, advice and care you need during the next stage of your care.

Our extensive experience has seen us handle a diverse range of 'mix and match' hip replacement claims, including:

  • 56-year-old Keith Humphris from Cheltenham suffered serious complications following a 'mix and match' hip replacement. After suffering with the implants he had been given, Keith contacted Irwin Mitchell for help regarding the issue and we helped him to claim compensation - find out more about this case.
  • Laurence Tilley was fitted with a 'mix and match' hip replacement in 2009 by Sussex Orthopaedic NHS Treatment Centre, resulting in significant upheaval over the past five years. - find out more about this case.

If you'd like help and advice or have experienced an issue surrounding a 'mix and match' hip replacement, call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online for a free consultation on your case.


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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.
"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."

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