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    Joint replacement surgeries have become increasingly common in recent decades, and they offer significant pain relief and improved mobility to countless individuals suffering from conditions like arthritis and joint degeneration. While these procedures have undoubtedly transformed the lives of many, there’s a hidden danger lurking within them that not everyone is aware of—complications due to the use of bone cement.

    Bone cement is linked to many serious health problems, including loosening of replacement devices, allergic reactions, embolism, resorption, and infection. In some cases, patients have even died from bone cement-related complications.

    If you or someone you love developed complications after receiving bone cement during a joint replacement procedure in the knee, hip, shoulder, or elbow, you may be eligible to receive significant compensation. Fill out the form on this page or give us a call and tell us what happened. Our South Carolina bone cement attorneys will review the details of your unique situation and reach out to let you know your options for getting maximum compensation in a free case review.

    What is Bone Cement?

    Bone cement, also known as polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), is commonly used in joint replacement surgeries to secure artificial joints into the patient’s existing bone. It serves as an adhesive, helping to fix the implant in place during and after the surgery. While it may sound like a straightforward and safe solution, there are potential dangers that patients need to be aware of.

    What Are the Dangers of Bone Cement?

    There are many dangers associated with bone cement when used in joint replacement surgeries, including:

    Implant Loosening

    One of the most significant concerns regarding bone cement in joint replacement surgeries is the potential for implant loosening over time. Over the years, the bond between the cement and the bone can weaken, causing the implant to become unstable. This can result in pain, discomfort, and the need for revision surgery to correct the issue.

    Allergic Reactions

    Some patients may experience allergic reactions to the components of bone cement, leading to localized or systemic discomfort. These reactions can be challenging to diagnose and manage, adding an additional layer of complexity to the recovery process.

    Fat Embolism Syndrome

    In rare cases, bone cement can inadvertently enter the bloodstream during surgery, leading to a potentially life-threatening condition known as fat embolism syndrome. This occurs when fat droplets from the bone marrow enter the bloodstream, affecting various organs, including the lungs and brain.

    Bone Resorption

    Bone resorption refers to the gradual loss of bone tissue near the implant site. This can occur when bone cement disrupts the natural healing process, causing the surrounding bone to weaken and deteriorate. Over time, this can lead to implant instability and other complications.

    Infection Risk

    Bone cement can also increase the risk of infection at the surgical site. Bacteria can become trapped within the cement, making it difficult for the body’s immune system to combat the infection effectively. Infection can result in pain, implant failure, and the need for additional surgery.


    What Compensation Is Available for Bone Cement Victims?

    Compensation for victims of bone cement injuries sustained during joint replacement surgery can vary widely depending on several factors, including the severity of the injury, the circumstances of the case, and applicable laws in the jurisdiction. Victims may be eligible for different types of compensation, which can include:

    • Medical Expenses—Victims are generally entitled to compensation for their medical expenses related to the injury. This may include the costs of the initial surgery, revision surgery, hospital stays, rehabilitation, prescription medications, and ongoing medical care.
    • Pain and Suffering—Compensation may be awarded for the physical pain and emotional distress endured due to the injury. This category of damages seeks to provide compensation for the intangible harms experienced by the victim.
    • Lost Income and Future Earnings—If the injury results in lost wages or income, victims may be eligible to receive compensation for their economic losses. This includes not only the wages lost during recovery but also potential future income losses if the injury leads to long-term disability or reduced earning capacity.
    • Rehabilitation and Therapy Costs—Victims may require physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other forms of rehabilitation to regain functionality and mobility. The costs associated with these treatments can be included in compensation.
    • Disability and Impairment—If the bone cement injury results in a permanent disability or impairment, victims may be entitled to compensation for the long-term impact on their quality of life. This compensation can encompass both economic and non-economic losses.
    • Loss of Consortium—In cases where the injury affects the victim’s relationship with their spouse or family, a spouse or family member may be able to seek compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, or support.

    How We Can Help with Your Bone Cement Injury

    Compassionate and Free Legal Consultation

    Joye Law Firm recognizes the physical and emotional toll that complications from joint replacement surgery can take on victims. We begin by offering a free initial consultation, which allows you to share your experiences and concerns without worrying about legal fees or hourly rates.

    Comprehensive Case Evaluation

    After you’ve told us your story, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of your case. Our attorneys will review your medical records, consult with experts, and assess the viability of pursuing a legal claim on your behalf.

    Investigative Expertise

    Our legal team boasts many skilled investigators who can delve deep into the circumstances surrounding your surgery and the complications that ensued. We can gather crucial evidence to support your case.

    Legal Strategy and Advocacy

    Joye Law Firm’s experienced attorneys will develop a legal strategy designed to establish liability and demonstrate that your complications resulted from negligence or defective products. We will advocate tirelessly and aggressively to protect your rights.

    Skillful Negotiation

    We have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of our clients with the goal of securing fair and just compensation. Our attorneys have the skill and knowledge to calculate damages, present a compelling case, and negotiate effectively.

    Courtroom Representation

    In cases where negotiations do not yield the desired outcome, Joye Law Firm is prepared to take cases to trial. Our legal team can present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and deliver persuasive arguments in court.

    Maximum Compensation

    We strive to secure comprehensive compensation that covers a wide range of damages for our clients, including their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, rehabilitation costs, disability, and more. It’s our goal to help victims rebuild their lives after suffering serious and preventable injuries and complications.

    Emotional Support

    Joye Law Firm offers compassionate emotional support throughout the legal process. We provide guidance, reassurance, and empathy to clients like you who are facing challenging circumstances and some of the most difficult days of their lives.

    Transparency and Communication

    Our attorneys are dedicated to providing open and transparent communication throughout the entire legal process. We keep every client informed about the progress of their case, respond promptly to questions, and provide regular updates.

    Joye Law Firm is Ready to Help with Your Bone Cement Injury Case

    Joint problems can be extremely painful and disabling. That’s why joint replacement surgery can be such a life-changing experience for so many people. Unfortunately, many joint replacement patients find themselves facing new complications in the form of defective bone cement after their surgeries.

    The South Carolina defective medical device attorneys at Joye Law Firm know how devastating it can be to undergo a major surgery hoping for relief, only to discover you’re now facing even bigger problems. If you were harmed by defective bone cement used during your joint replacement surgery, know that you’ve got a legal advocate on your side.

    Contact our firm anytime for a free initial consultation. We want to help you get every penny you’re owed for your damages.