Bernstein Liebhard LLP is continuing to investigate potential hip replacement lawsuits after DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced a recall of two hip replacement implants due to excessively high failure rates.  The recall could affect up to 93,000 people worldwide.  If you are considering a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit, contact us for a free, confidential case review.  We are actively investigating hip replacement lawsuits nationwide.

Studies Show High Failure Rate Of DePuy Hip Implants

Doctors at Newcastle University concluded that the high failure rate is due to the design of the implants.  “What our research showed was that if the ball and socket were not perfectly aligned then the metal wore away quite vigorously – the initially ultra-smooth surfaces roughening and then grinding away against each other – to release nano-sized particles into the body that were then absorbed into the bloodstream and tissues, causing far greater damage,” according to Dr. Tom Joyce of the university’s bioengineering team.

Dr. Joyce concluded that “only in a minority of cases were the joints actually functioning correctly.”  Dr. Joshua J. Jacobs, the chairman of orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, told the New York Times, “This does not come as a surprise.”  Dr. Jacobs added, “Most major medical centers have seen issues with this device.”

In 2010, problems with the DePuy hip implants began receiving significant press coverage.  Data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales suggested that the DePuy ASR implants had excessively high failure rates.  Researchers determined that there was a five-year revision rate of approximately 12% for the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and 13% for the ASR XL Acetabular System.  Due to these staggering statistics, a worldwide recall was issued.

Flood Of DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits

The ASR Hip Resurfacing System is a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur, while the ASR XL Acetabular System is a hip replacement device used in traditional hip replacement.  The recall of these two devices has caused thousands of individuals across the United States to file hip replacement lawsuits.

Patients who underwent a DePuy ASR hip replacement should consider speaking with an attorney in order to fully understand their legal rights.  Those affected by the DePuy ASR hip recall may seek compensation for their injuries by filing a hip replacement lawsuit.  A patient filing a hip replacement lawsuit may be able to bring claims for, among other things, defective design, failure to warn, and breach of implied and express warranties.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) began receiving complaints regarding the defective ASR hip devices at least two years prior to the DePuy ASR hip recall.  Specifically, patients reported groin pain after receiving the DePuy ASR hip replacements, elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream, and hip replacement failure that requires painful revision surgery.

Research has also shown that women are more likely to have problems associated with the DePuy ASR devices due to the fact that they tend to be smaller with a wider pelvis; this throws the joints even further out of alignment.  Patients who received the ASR hip replacement implants may suffer long-term medical problems.

Advice On Filing A DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit

If you have an injury from a DePuy ASR hip replacement product, contact one of our lawyers to help determine whether you are eligible to bring a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit.

Published November 17, 2011 by