DePuy Lawsuits

Patients who received DePuy ASR hip replacement systems have filed lawsuits alleging that the company failed to promptly recall the hip implants after learning of problems with them. DePuy recalled the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System devices in August 2010 after learning that they were twice as likely to fail within five years as other hip replacement systems.

According to lawsuits against DePuy, the company was warned about problems with the ASR hip implants by the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry two years before the company issued the hip replacement recall. Australian health officials recalled the ASR devices in December 2009—eight months before they were withdrawn in the U.S.

In August 2012, the first DePuy hip replacement settlements were reached. Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of DePuy ASR hip replacements, has paid approximately $200,000 per case to resolve three lawsuits that were scheduled to go to trial later this year. The next state court case is scheduled for trial in January 2013 in Maryland. The first federal trial over the devices is expected in March or April of 2013. Johnson & Johnson currently faces approximately 8,000 hip implant lawsuits.

Although not all DePuy ASR hip replacement devices need to be replaced, patients with these products may experience pain and discomfort that could be a sign of loosening, metal debris, fractures or dislocations. Individuals who have experienced problems their DePuy hip replacement devices may wish to speak with their doctors to determine whether their implant may need to be replaced.

If you or a loved one receive an artificial hip replacement device and underwent surgery to replace the implant—or have experienced pain and discomfort—contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form to the right of this page.

 

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