The Daily Mail is reporting on a British armed forces minister planning to file a hip replacement lawsuit over an implant he received prior to the DePuy hip recall of August 2010.

As a result of the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement he was implanted with during a resurfacing procedure in 2006, the patient allegedly developed a tumor at the top of his leg, has difficulty standing for long periods of time and is in constant pain, he says.

Despite the fact that his tumor was non-cancerous, the husband and father of three children plans to take legal action by filing a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, according to the article published April 4th, 2013.

British Patient Alleges Injuries after DePuy Hip Recall

This British patient is one of 10,000 in his country to be implanted with the ASR metal-on-metal hip prior to the DePuy hip recall of August 2010, which affected 93,000 devices total. The recall was issued by the manufacturer after post-market surveillance data indicated the potential for its components to fret and corrode, which may lead to metallosis (metal ion poisoning), caused by metallic debris seeping into a patient’s blood stream and other adverse tissue reactions.

The Daily Mail report says the 61-year old man has been told the only way to rid him of his pain is through revision surgery.  

“It is ‘more tricky’ to simply recall something that is ‘stuck inside you,” he said. ‘At first I was resigned to the fact that something had just gone wrong, but I went from being resigned about the situation to being absolutely angry.”

According to the article, a DePuy spokesperson addressed the claims against the ASR hip by saying the company regrets it did not perform well for some patients, and that it is committed to acknowledging medical expenses incurred by patient injuries.

In the U.S., court records indicate that nearly 11,000 DePuy hip replacement lawsuits related to the ASR metal-on-metal hip have been filed in federal and state courts, many of which are pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Fortunately for plaintiffs, these cases are moving forward. In March, a plaintiff in the first DePuy ASR hip lawsuit to head to trial in the U.S. won $8.3 million in damages after jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court found the manufacturer to be guilty of defectively designing the implant composed of cobalt and chromium components.

Considering a Hip Replacement Lawsuit after the DePuy Hip Recall? Contact Us.

If you experienced injuries after the DePuy ASR hip recall, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more about your legal rights by calling (877) 779-1414.

Published April 24, 2013 by