After Five Hip Replacement Surgeries, Travis County Woman Sues Company
The Austin American Statesman
The lawsuit claims the hips failed prematurely, shedding metal debris in some patients. The debris contains chromium and cobalt, which could damage the surrounding bone and tissue and cause problems elsewhere in the body… "It's a question of whether the level of exposure is below the toxic level," said attorney Ed Blizzard of Houston, who represents Rogers and has filed 15 lawsuits against DePuy. "Nobody knows at this point." Blizzard negotiated large settlements in suits against the drug Vioxx and Sulzer Orthopedics of Austin, which faced 5,500 claims after oil residue on 40,000 hip implants and 1,600 artificial knees prompted recalls. Sulzer settled in 2002 for $1 billion, and the company eventually was sold.
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