Amid increasing complaints of high failure rates and other medical problems associated with all-metal hip implant devices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this year ordered manufacturers of all-metal artificial hips to study whether the implants are generating metallic debris that may be contributing to failure of the devices and other complications. Some DePuy hip implants have already been the subject of recalls and lawsuits in recent years. Now, there is concern that some patients who received DePuy Pinnacle hip implants might not be aware they received an all-metal artificial hip, as opposed to a hip implant that has ceramic or polyethylene components. In the metal-on-metal hip devices, metallic debris is thought to scrape off and be absorbed by the body. This, in turn, is believed to result in elevated chromium and cobalt levels in the bloodstream, as well as contribute to pain, swelling and tissue damage. The tragic irony is that the failure of these devices can make mobility difficult to impossible, the very condition they were intended to help correct. Patients who suffer harm that they believe was caused by faulty hip implants should consider contacting an experienced product liability attorney as soon as possible. If your injuries were the result of a defective metal-on-metal hip implant, you may be able to seek compensation including money for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you’ve suffered the ill effects of an all-metal hip implant, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, product liability lawyers at Long & Long to schedule your free case evaluation.