That’s how long your doctor told you that your new artificial hip replacement could last when you underwent the implantation surgery in 2006. What you got instead was barely four years of improved mobility, followed by a lot of pain and suffering. Now, your medical team is working on restoring your health, but your condition has impacted your finances, too, and led you to consider pre-settlement funding.
As a nurse, you’re on your feet all day … and sometimes all night. You walk back and forth along the same three hallways hundreds of times each shift, helping patients into and out of their beds and wheeling heavy carts of equipment or medication.
When your doctor told you needed a hip replacement, you stared at him like he was crazy. You were only 41. Yes, he told you, but a long-ago car accident, combined with the grind of your career’s daily workload had given you the left hip of a senior citizen.
The implant you received was billed as a durable, state-of-the-art medical device that was implanted into tens of thousands of patients around the world.
In actuality, the flawed designs of these implants have led to their premature failure in overwhelming numbers, years before their recipients expected to have to endure additional hip surgeries. Their frayed components have leaked toxic metals into patients’ bloodstreams, causing pain and illness worse than the suffering caused by their failing natural hip joints.
That constant pain first forced you to stop taking the extra shifts and overtime that you used to rely upon for extra income. As time passed, it got worse. You could barely walk to your car after you punched off the nursing floor. Last year, you switched to part-time duty to give your hip at least a full day off after every shift. Soon, even that may not be enough to keep you on the job.
Your earning potential already has been crippled, and it’s only shrinking further. You may have no choice soon but to retire, at least ten years earlier than you had planned. Your family and its finances are in disarray.
Several makers of hip replacements – Stryker Orthopedic, Biomet Inc., and Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy subsidiary – have negotiated class action settlements with thousands of people whose lives were impacted by their products. But the settlements do not apply to everyone and, to those to whom they apply, the settlement does not cover the resulting damages the implants may have caused those patients and their families, so many have elected to pursue their own individual legal cases against the manufacturers.
Some of the patients who were prepared to accept a settlement have been told that they may be waiting until summer of 2015 or longer to see a check. But they’re not getting any younger, and their livelihood isn’t improving.
If this story sounds anything like yours, USClaims can help. We’ll discuss your case with your attorney. If we approve your application for pre-settlement funding, you could have the money you need to restore a semblance of normalcy to your life within just a few days.
At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.