On January 11, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a VHA notice to all staff, including military hospitals where veterans received DePuy implants during hip replacement surgeries, advising them of DePuy’s August 26, 2010 voluntary recall. In addition to notifying veterans’ hospital staff and health care providers of the DePuy recall, the alert also outlined a protocol for practitioners and personnel to follow in order to protect the safety and health of veterans from the defective DePuy implants.

First, the notice provided information to doctors regarding the care and monitoring of veterans who previously underwent a DePuy hip replacement. Additionally, the notice outlined the VHA’s response to the recall. Specifically, the notice informed army medical personnel that all in-stock DePuy products were to be returned to the vendor by September 14, 2010. According to the VHA, as of November 9, 2010, all identified in-stock products were identified and sequestered.

DePuy Denies Liability Stemming from Veteran’s Injury

Although it is unclear how many veterans’ hospitals used the DePuy implants, at least one Gulf War veteran, Scott Almhjell, has sued DePuy after sustaining painful injuries, which forced him to undergo a revision surgery to remove the defective hip implant. DePuy denied any wrongdoing in the veteran’s lawsuit, claiming that Almhjell was “negligent, careless and at fault and conducted himself so as to contribute substantially to his alleged injuries and damages.”

Preliminary Findings Suggest Many Veterans Injured by DePuy Implants

As an increasing number of injured victims come forward, and attorneys investigate and review each individual claim, a startling trend has started to emerge amongst those who were implanted with the defective DePuy hip replacement – many of these victims are veterans. It is possible that the Department of Veterans Affairs was prompted to send out the notice because so many veterans were unaware of the dangers associated with the DePuy hip replacement following the recall. In fact, the DePuy hip replacement lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have spoken to numerous veterans who have been experiencing problems stemming from their DePuy ASR hip implants.

Protect Your Legal Rights

In order to safeguard and protect your legal rights, veterans affected by the recall should seek legal counsel immediately. Most importantly, veterans should not sign any documents sent by Broadspire, a third party company handling DePuy’s claims, before consulting an attorney as this may limit their legal rights and the amount of recoverable damages. If you served or spent time in military hospitals or rehabilitation centers with other veterans who were implanted with a DePuy implant that may be unaware of the dangers associated with these products, notify them immediately so they can seek medical attention.

If you are a veteran and have experienced any problems as a result of a DePuy hip implant, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Contact one of our lawyers today for a free and confidential DePuy hip recall lawsuit evaluation. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our hip replacement injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by