It is well known that hip pain and other symptoms are greatly improved once a patient undergoes revision surgery to remove metal-on-metal hip implants like the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII hip implant. However, no one has ever has ever examined how quickly elevated cobalt and chromium levels go down after revision. The Rejuvenate and ABGII femoral stems are made of a proprietary titanium alloy with a cobalt-chromium modular neck. It is suggested that the mixed metals are more susceptible to corrosion and fretting which is why doctors routinely monitor metal ion levels and inflammatory blood markers. We know that metal ion levels and inflammatory markers increase prior to revision due to fretting and corrosion.   Barlow and his colleagues evaluated the pre- and post-operative metal ion levels and the inflammatory markers of patients revised due to pain and adverse reaction to metal. They found that both cobalt and chromium levels as well as the inflammatory blood markers came down at 6 weeks following revision surgery, with cobalt and chromium at near normal levels at 6 months.

See Barlow, B.  et al. (2015). Short-term metal ion trends following removal of recalled modular neck femoral stems, Journal of Arthroplasty, Epub

Weisman, Kennedy and Berris is currently serving on the leadership of national litigation involving DePuy’s ASR and Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABGII devices. The firm has extensive experience in handling lawsuits against orthopedic device manufacturers and has been extremely successful in obtaining just compensation for clients from across the country for  pain, suffering and lost wages resulting from failed implants. If you or someone you know has experienced such a failure, attorneys at Weisman Kennedy and Berris would be happy to answer any questions you might have about available rights.

22Apr 2013

Some Ohioans face potentially dangerous conditions at their daily jobs. For this reason, companies are responsible for ensuring that their employees are as safe as possible. Proper training and safety precautions help to reduce the likelihood of fatal accident.

A local energy company supervisor knows about on-the-job accidents all too well. In 2007, one of his workers was injured as the crew was setting up a temporary power connection during a repair. The company apparently failed to learn from the mistake. Four years later, another worker on the supervisor’s crew was killed while performing the same task. The man was reportedly electrocuted after someone told him it was safe to handle the wire; although the supervisor was on site at the time of the accident, it is not clear who told him he could proceed.

03May 2013

Ohio law enforcement is responsible for protecting the rights of citizens, and they are expected to treat everyone fairly, including those who may be in violation of the law. Unfortunately, sometimes people in police custody are harmed, and in some cases, law enforcement agencies are faced with lawsuits.
Fremont law enforcement arrested a man who was allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Later that evening, the man showed signs of health problems that required immediate medical attention. The man died while he was being transported to a local hospital. The man’s family, however, has a different account of the events leading up to his death. Following an investigation, the man’s family blamed law enforcement, alleging that the authorities’ rough handling of the man caused his death. However, this determination was made by an expert hired by the man’s family and may not have been credible.

06May 2013

Because the enormous weight of large commercial trucks makes them more dangerous than other vehicles, commercial drivers must be more cautious than other Ohio drivers. Unfortunately, when these large commercial trucks are involved in accidents, their enormity makes it difficult for victims to survive.
our young children lost their father in a deadly truck accidentnear Lisbon. The driver of a dump truck apparently swerved in reaction to traffic and hit the man’s SUV as he was driving from the opposite direction. After the collision, the dump truck driver reportedly jumped out of his car and attempted to save the man, but he had been killed instantly. Now the victim’s family wants the driver to be punished for the death.

13May 2013

Rain makes driving more hazardous, and drivers must be especially careful in these conditions. Unfortunately, some young drivers in Ohio fail to follow warnings about speeding in adverse weather conditions. Devastating car accidents can result.

On Ohio 7, where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour, a teenage driver’s speed reached as high as 74 miles per hour. It was raining and he lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into an SUV that was headed in the opposite direction. The driver of the other vehicle, an elementary school teacher, was killed, and her 2-year-old grandson suffered serious injuries. According to the young boy’s mother, the injuries that resulted from the accident will limit his mobility for the rest of his life.

22May 2013

People who drive while impaired put themselves and others at great risk. Unfortunately, when people drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pedestrians are even more vulnerable to fatal car accidents. Thankfully, Ohio law enforcement often finds the drivers who are responsible for these accidents and works to ensure that they are prevented from causing another deadly accident.

After a Bridgeport man left a funeral on foot, he was hit by a vehicle and died. The driver of the vehicle, who had apparently been using marijuana at the time of the accident, is now facing felony charges. It is unclear whether the driver fled the scene of the accident, but he may have been concerned that his level of impairment may have resulted in more severe punishment.

28May 2013

Although drivers must be careful to avoid potential hazards on the roads, it is the role of local government agencies in Ohio to ensure that roads are properly maintained. Especially when problems are reported, it is important for officials to take steps to ensure the safety of their roads. In some unfortunate cases, the government’s failure to keep roads clear of obstruction can cause injuries and even death. State and local governments that neglect to maintain safe roads may face wrongful death lawsuits.

The Ohio Department of Transportation had allegedly been aware of a tree that had been leaning over a state road for some time. Unfortunately, the department failed to correct the problem before the tree fell in the road, causing the death of a New Concord woman. The victim was driving with her son, whose age is unknown; he survived the accident but was injured.