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DePuy Hip Replacement FAQ

What’s wrong with metal hip implants?

Why did they use metal on metal hip implants?

Is every metal on metal hip implant affected?

How do I know I have a defective metal on metal hip implant?

My doctor’s been in touch about my hip implant, what should I do?

What are doctors doing about this?

I've been asked to come in for tests, what should I do?

What is a revision operation and what can I expect?

I've been asked to sign something from Broadspire, what should I do?

Can I get compensation?

I have a Depuy ASR hip implant, what should I do?

How do I make a claim?

How long do I have to make a claim?

Why should I choose Hip Compensation Claims?

How much can I expect in compensation?

How long does a claim take?

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What’s wrong with metal hip implants?

The wearing of metal on metal hip implants like the DePuy ASR systems (Depuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resufacing System) and maybe others have been found to release high levels of cobalt and chromium into the body.  This can cause a series of painful symptoms such as inflammation and hip pain, difficulty walking and numbness in the legs, non-cancerous tumours and even muscle wastage.  The DePuy ASR models were also withdrawn due to their high failure rate.  
Other types of hip implant could be affected so it is important that if you think you might be at risk or you are experiencing symptoms, you should contact us and your doctor as soon as possible.
If you have received a DePuy ASR model implant and you are not experiencing any symptoms you should still contact us as you may be entitled to compensation. 

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Why did they use metal on metal hip implants?
Metal on metal hip implants have become more widely used because the material wears less than other types of implant such as Cobalt Chromium/Polyethylene (CoCr/Polyethylene).  The logic was that with a reduced wear rate, the likelihood of revision operations would fall.    
The wear rate of a metal on metal hip implant is estimated at 4.2 microns a year whereas a CoCr/Polyethylene is almost 48 times that at 200 microns a year.
However, the DePuy ASR models of metal on metal hip implants – the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System - were withdrawn in 2010 after it was found that the particles from the wear of the implant could leak high levels of cobalt and chromium into the body.  The particles could contribute to muscle wastage, pain around the hip and even non-cancerous tumours.  They also had a high failure rate. 
Other metal on metal implants could be affected and it is important that if you are experiencing any symptoms or are concerned that you might be affected you contact us and your doctor as soon as possible.
At Hip Compensation Claims we can give you free advice on your legal rights and our compensation law experts can help you make a no win no fee claim.  We always fight to get you the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.

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Is every metal on metal hip implant affected?
For the moment, only the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System have been withdrawn, but other types of metal on metal hip implants may be affected.  
If you are experiencing symptoms like inflammation and pain in the hip area, having difficulty walking or numbness in your legs you might have a defective metal hip implant and you should contact us and you doctor as soon as possible.  
Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, but are worried that you might be at risk you can contact us with any questions you may have or for free advice on your legal rights.

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How do I know I have a defective metal on metal hip implant?
There are a number of possible symptoms which include:
•    Groin or hip pain
•    Trouble walking
•    Clicking of your hip
•    Inflammation
•    Loss of feeling in your legs
If you have had a metal on metal hip implant and are experiencing these symptoms you should contact us and your doctor as soon as possible for advice.  Even if you aren’t experiencing any of these symptoms but are concerned that you might be at risk, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.    
If you have received a DePuy ASR model implant and you are not experiencing any symptoms you should still contact us as you may be entitled to compensation.

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My doctor’s been in touch about my hip implant, what should I do?
Contact our compensation experts as soon as possible.  If your doctor has contacted you about problems with your metal on metal hip implant you may be entitled to no win no fee compensation.  
One phone call to us and we can give you free legal advice to help you with the next step.

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What are doctors doing about this?
In Scotland, surgeons should be reviewing all patients who were given metal on metal hip implants.  If you are at risk you are likely to be contacted for tests and some will be offered a hip revision operation.  
However, if you are worried that you may be at risk and haven’t heard from your doctor, you can contact us if you have any questions about a no win no fee compensation claim.

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I've been asked to come in for tests. What should I do?
If you have received a defective metal on meal hip implant like the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, your doctor may ask you to come for tests.
This is to review your implant and check to see if there are any problems.  Tests you are likely to receive include:
•    X-rays
•    Ultrasound
•    MRI scan
•    Blood test to check for levels of Cobalt and Chromium in the body.
The type of test you receive will determine the time you have to wait for results.  Contact your doctor if you have any questions about your tests.
If you have been contacted by your doctor to come in for tests, you should also contact us at Hip Compensation Claims as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights. 
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What is a revision operation and what can I expect?
If you have received a defective metal on metal hip implant like the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, your surgeon may recommend a revision operation to rectify the problem.  It is predicted that around 1 in 8 patients who received these defective implants will require a revision operation.
This is an operation where the implant will be changed or surgeons will attempt to deal with the problems you are having with your hip implant.  
Compared to a normal hip operation a revision operation is more serious and takes longer.  A normal hip operation can take anything from 15 minutes onwards, when a revision operation can potentially lead to 2, maybe 3 hours in surgery. 
As it is a more serious operation, there are increased risks of complications and the recovery time is longer so you may spend longer in hospital. 
All of this can cause extra pain and stress along with loss of earnings so it is important that you contact our solicitors at Hip Compensation Claims as soon as possible to discuss your legal options and make a no win no fee compensation claim.

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I've been asked to sign something from Broadspire, what should I do?
Do not sign any legal documents without seeking independent advice from a solicitor.  You can contact us at Hip Compensation Claims for free advice. 
Broadspire are a company used by employers and insurers to “contain” compensation costs – in other words avoid paying the maximum compensation to people like you.  By choosing Hip Compensation Claims, you will have access to a compensation law expert solicitor who will fight to get you the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.

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Can I get compensation?
If you have received the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System you are likely to have a strong case for some form of compensation and should get in touch with us as soon as possible.  If you have received a DePuy ASR model implant and you are not experiencing any symptoms you should still contact us as you may be entitled to compensation.
Your doctor should have contacted you about any possible problems with your metal on metal hip implant and if they have you should contact us as soon as possible as you may be entitled to compensation.  Similarly, if you’re worried that you could be at risk we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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I have a Depuy ASR hip implant, what should I do?
You should contact us as soon as possible on 0800 089 16 16 or fill in our internet form to find out if you are entitled to compensation.  You should do this even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
The problems with the DePuy ASR models may also occur in other models of metal on metal hip implant.  Contact us if you think you may be at risk or you are experiencing symptoms like groin or hip pain, difficulty walking, clicking of the hip, inflammation and irritation or loss of feeling in your legs.      

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How do I make a claim?
It is easy to make a no win no fee claim or get free advice from Hip Compensation Claims.  Simply contact us on 0800 089 16 16 or fill in our online claim form by following this link.
We are part of Thompsons Solicitors which means that by choosing Hip Compensation Claims you will have access to award-winning expert compensation solicitors who will fight to get you the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time.

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How long do I have to make a claim? (requires legal guidance)
You have three years from the moment you are made aware that you might be affected to make a no win no fee claim with us.    

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Why should I choose Hip Compensation Claims?
Hip Compensation Claims offers you a no win no fee service and free legal advice on any concerns you may have with your metal on metal hip implant.  
We’re part of Thompsons Solicitors which means that you will have access to award winning experts in compensation law who will fight to get you the best compensation possible in the shortest possible time.  
We also have offices across the country and can come and visit you at home or wherever you wish to discuss your claim.    

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How much can I expect in compensation?
Our expert compensation solicitors will always fight to get you the best compensation in the shortest possible time.  
The amount of compensation you receive depends on a number of things including the pain and suffering you have experienced or any loss of earnings because of your defective metal on metal hip replacement.
No two cases are identical so it is important that you contact our expert compensation solicitors to discuss your claim for compensation.  Contact us on 0800 089 16 16 or fill in the online claim for by following this link.

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How long does a claim take?
In every case our priority at Hip Compensation Claims is to get you the maximum possible compensation in the shortest possible time.
No two cases are the same but our expert compensation solicitors will aim to get your case settled as quickly as possible and get you the best compensation.

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At Thompsons Scotland we can help you claim compensation for loss of earnings and the pain and suffering caused. Contact us for all types of compensation claims from industrial illness, work accidents or whiplash.

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