Robert Hadley Sep. 28, 2015, 2:09pm

A Cook County woman is suing a medical device manufacturer, alleging a defective artificial hip.

Natasha Levit filed a lawsuit Sept. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court against Smith & Nephew Inc., a manufacturer of orthopedic medical devices, and Neubauer Perkins Inc., its distributor, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 23, 2009, Levit was implanted with the Emperion artificial hip system, which was removed Oct. 25, 2013, after it malfunctioned. The lawsuit alleges Smith & Nephew continued manufacturing and selling the Emperion hip device despite knowing it was defective.

As a result of the failed hip joint, Levit sustained pain, infections, dislocations, additional surgeries and loss of income, the lawsuit states.

Levit seeks a jury trial and more than $50,000 in damages, plus court costs. She is represented by attorneys Paul A. Greenberg and Mark D. Tompkins of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago.

Cook County case number 2015-L-009632.

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