NBC News investigative reporters sat down with Andrew Chappell a few weeks ago at his Missouri home to talk about his Biomet M2a hip replacement nightmare. The reporters wanted to know why seven nations, including Australia, Germany, and Great Britain, knew about serious problems with the Biomet M2a hip implant and issued warnings, but neither Biomet nor the FDA warned American patients like Andrew.
Throughout the extensive litigation, it’s still not clear why Biomet decided not to issue a recall in the U.S. According to Chappell’s attorney, Altom Maglio, it’s because no one was forcing them to.” -Excerpt from NBC News Investigative Report on Biomet M2a Hip Replacements
Andrew Chappell’s Biomet Nightmare
Andrew’s Biomet nightmare required two unnecessary surgeries to remove and replace the Biomet M2a implants in both of his hips. Despite the surgeries, he was left with extensive damage to his muscles, tissue, and bones. Blood tests had came back positive for heavy metal poisoning, a result of toxic heavy metals from the hip implant spreading through Andrew’s body. When Andrew’s surgeon opened up the hip cavity, he found a grisly mess of disintegrated bone, gray-green fluid, and metallic-stained tissue, and a cavity filled with metallic debris.
International Investigation into Medical Device Safety
Andrew is not alone. There are thousands of people in the United States with metal on metal hip replacements like the Biomet M2a and Magnum hip implants. NBC News worked with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to uncover how medical devices like Biomet metal on metal hip implants are “tested, approved, marketed, and monitored.” The results of their investigation are terrifying for anyone living with a medical device like the Biomet M2a hip.
About Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A.
Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is a national medical product liability law firm with offices in Seattle, WA, Washington, DC, and Sarasota, FL. Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. filed the first metal on metal (MoM) hip replacement lawsuit in the United States in 2008 and has been continuously litigating metal on metal hip replacement cases ever since. The Firm is representing patients across the United States who have suffered the effects of heavy metal poisoning from Biomet M2a-38 and M2a-Magnum hip replacements.
The highly experienced team of attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. have represented clients against multi-national corporations, against the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, and in state and federal courts across the country during courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, mediations, and settlement negotiations. Please look over each of our profiles to get a better understanding of our attorneys’ qualifications and how Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. can help you.