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Arthritis patient blames Smith & Nephew for premature hip joint failure

By Robert Hadley | Jan 8, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing the manufacturers of a hip implant, alleging it was knowingly marketed despite its deficiencies.

Carla Lyons filed a lawsuit Jan. 4 in Cook County Circuit Court against Smith & Nephew Inc. and Neubauer Perkins Inc., alleging negligence and product liability.

According to the complaint, Lyons received the Emperion prosthesis Feb. 28, 2011 to treat her hip arthritis. Three years later, the suit says, Lyons discovered a component fracture had caused her implant to fail prematurely, requiring surgery to replace it with another device. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants knew of the Emperion’s design defects and failure rate long before her implant, yet continued to make it available for surgical use.

Lyons seeks a jury trial and damages of more than $50,000. She is represented by attorneys Peter J. Flowers and Frank V. Cesarone of Meyers & Flowers LLC in St. Charles.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2016-L000035

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