Overview: Parker Waichman LLP, a national personal injury firm, has been selected to play a leadership role in the multidistrict litigation over Biomet’s M2a Magnum™ metal-on-metal hip implant. According to a press release by the firm, Senior Litigation Counsel Daniel C. Burke has been appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the In Re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2391). The MDL, created in October, consolidates various lawsuits around the country alleging that the all-metal hip implant caused complications such as metallosis and early revision.
- Parker Waichman Attorney Daniel C. Burke has been appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the Biomet MDL
- The MDL is centralized to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division before Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr.
- Lawsuits being filed into the MDL allege that the Biomet M2a Magnum is defective due to its metal-on-metal design; Plaintiffs claim that the implant causes pain, swelling, inflammation, metal poisoning, tissue damage, and ultimately revision surgery
Product: M2a Magnum™ Hip System
Manufacturer: Biomet Orthopaedics
Side Effects & Complications
- High failure rate
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Increased levels of cobalt and chromium ions
- Pain at the implant, sometimes spreading to the groin and back
- Osteolysis (bone loss)
- Fluid collections/solid masses around the hip joint
Biomet Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
The MDL was formed in October and consolidated Biomet M2a Magnum lawsuits to the U.S. District for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. The litigation is centralized before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. Multidistrict litigations are created when there are a large number of lawsuits with common allegations and questions of fact. By consolidating all cases to one court and one judge, the litigation process moves along faster and more efficiently. In the Biomet MDL, Parker Waichman Attorney Daniel C. Burke has been appointed to a leadership role in representing Plaintiffs who allege that the Biomet M2a Magnum is defective and caused serious complications.
Biomet M2a Magnum Lawsuits
Parker Waichman has filed a number of lawsuits on behalf of Plaintiffs who allege that the Biomet M2a Magnum caused injuries. The cases state that the defective nature of the device is due to its metal-on-metal design, which has been linked to metallosis. According to a lawsuit filed by the firm on November 29th, the M2a Magnum’s metal-on-metal design forces metal to rub against metal with the full weight of the body. The friction causes metal to shed from the implant, causing pain and revision surgery in a Michigan man (Case No. 2:12-cv-15255-LPZ-MJH).