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Victims of dangerous hip implant defect could get compensation

2 December 2011

Thousands of Scots could be entitled to compensation after suffering from a defective metal-on-metal hip implant, according to Thompsons solicitors.

The firm is launching a new service for the victims of the implants, produced by DePuy, which have been found to cause symptoms such as non-cancerous tumours and muscle wastage.

The implants were withdrawn almost a year ago following grave concerns over the dangers posed to those fitted with the implants. It is still not known whether other brands of hip replacement are also affected.

Entitled “Hip Compensation Claims”, the new service offers free legal advice on the issue to victims, in relation to a potential claim for compensation.

According to NHS figures a total of 54,450 hip replacements have been carried out in Scotland since the implants’ introduction in 2003, with the highest number in Glasgow, Lothian and Grampian areas.  

Thompsons solicitor advocate Patrick McGuire said: “We’ve only recently started to see the real effects of these defective metal-on-metal hip implants come through. People can be in great pain and have to undergo serious operations to rectify the problem.  At the moment it is just the DePuy models which have been identified as defective, but it is really unknown whether other brands are also affected.

“Thousands of hip replacements are carried out a year across Scotland, so it is safe to say that this could affect thousands of patients."

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