Biomet M2A Hip Implant Class Action
The law firms Stevenson Whelton LLP, Koskie Minsky LLP, and Klein Lyons have launched a class action against Biomet, Inc. and related entities regarding Biomet’s metal-on-metal hip implant systems, including the M2a Magnum, the M2a 38, and the ReCap Femoral Resurfacing System.
The lawsuit alleges that Biomet, Inc. and related entities were negligent in the research, design, manufacture, regulatory licensing, sale and post-market monitoring of their metal-on-metal hip implants, and that people implanted with the products in Canada suffered personal injuries when their hip implants failed. In particular, the Biomet metal-on-metal implants cause metal debris to be released into the surrounding tissue and other complications. The heavy metals released can be toxic, and may cause, among other things, tissue necrosis, metallosis, pseudotumours, bone dislocation and failure of the hip joint. Shortly after the Biomet implants were approved for sale in Canada, there were increasing reports of premature failures with these devices.
After a hotly contested certification motion Justice Belobaba certified this proceeding on December 18, 2015. A copy of the certification reasons can be read here.
James Newland (of Stevenson Whelton LLP), Jonathan Ptak (of Koskie Minsky LLP) and Doug Lennox (of Klein Lyons) are lead counsel in this new Canadian class action.
Biomet M2a and Recap hip replacement patients may be eligible for compensation due to the injuries they have suffered as a result of being implanted with the defective device. Compensation for past and future pain, suffering, medical bills, lost earnings, and disfigurement are among the damages that the patients may be entitled to recover. Our firm handles cases on a contingent fee basis. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. If you are interested in learning more about the action please complete and return the questionnaire at the bottom of this website.
Patients who reported problems in the first five years and had revision surgery reported a variety of symptoms, including pain, swelling and problems walking. Other symptoms that may indicate a serious problem with the hip replacement parts include:
- Loosening – when the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the correct position;
- Fracture – where the bone around the implant may have broken;
- Dislocation – where the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned; and
- Metal debris – where metal particles from the component parts moving together spread around the hip area.
We cannot estimate how long this class action may take before reaching a resolution of this matter. In order to ensure that you have the proper documentary evidence to support your claim if this matter is successful, you should ensure your medical records (or the medical records of the estate you represent) are intact and available. Doctors and hospitals are only required by law to keep patient records for a limited amount of time. In Ontario, for example, doctors are required to keep records for approximately ten years. You would be well advised to inform your healthcare providers of your need for these records in the future and/or to obtain copies.
Contact your Hospital health records department to determine whether you received a Biomet M2a / Recap hip implant. If you don’t know who performed your hip replacement surgery, ask your primary care physician or the hospital where the surgery took place. To be added to our list of potential claimants please complete our online form below or print and complete this Questionnaire and return it to the listed address.
IF YOU WISH TO GET MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW. Please note that providing your information creates no financial obligation for you. All information contained in this transmission is confidential and Stevenson Whelton LLP agrees to protect this information against unauthorized use, publication or disclosure.
In order to ensure that you have the proper documentary evidence to support your claim if this matter is successful, you should ensure your medical records (or the medical records of the estate you represent) are intact and available. Doctors and hospitals are only required by law to keep patient records for a limited amount of time. In Ontario, for example, doctors are required to keep records for approximately ten years. You would be well advised to inform your healthcare providers of your need for these records in the future and/or to obtain copies..
The Stevenson Whelton LLP Class Action website is not intended to create a lawyer-client relationship between you and the firm. By submitting your information to us, you are not creating a lawyer-client relationship with the firm, although the information will be kept confidential. A lawyer-client relationship may be formed only after we check for conflicts of interest and you sign a retainer agreement. The firm may contact you about your legal claim to discuss representation options. Because of the volume of e-mails, we cannot promise to respond to every submission.
In any class action lawsuit, it is the court that approves who will be eligible to participate in the class. If you feel you may qualify for damages or remedies that might be awarded in this class action, we request you fill out the form to help us determine if you are a legitimate member of the class or to make sure you get any mailings about the case. However, sumitting the form does not guarantee you any type of compensation.
August 1, 2023
In the week leading up to the mediation dates at the end of July, Biomet advised that key personnel were no longer available for the dates in question and asked to reschedule to October 11-12, 2023. We understand how incredibly frustrating these delays are for the class members and voiced those concerns to Biomet on your behalf. Biomet’s lawyers apologized for the adjournment, ensured us that the mediation in October would be productive, and confirmed that Biomet would not require any further information or make any further document demands from the plaintiffs for that mediation. Unfortunately mediation is voluntary and we could not compel Biomet to attend on the late July dates.
We remain hopeful that we will have some better news in early October. If the mediation fails, we are setting dates now for examinations for discovery to push this matter to trial. If the mediation is successful we will notify all those on our mailing list.
If you are not already on our mailing list please fill out our contact form indicating you would like to be added to the Biomet Class Action email list.