The plaintiff filing the first DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuit to go to trial in Los Angeles, California suffered from toxic metal debris from his hip implant, according to expert testimony from the trial. The 66-year-old plaintiff had to undergo revision surgery to remove the defective implant.

“I concluded that his hip failed because of the toxic exposure,” an occupational medicine specialist at the University of California, San Francisco who reviewed the plaintiff’s medical records testified.

Blood tests showed that the plaintiff had cobalt and chromium levels that were as much as seven times the normal after he received the ASR hip implant. The shedding of toxic metal debris is a hallmark of DePuy ASR hip replacement failure, and can not only cause local pain and tissue damage, but cause system effects throughout the body.

The Los Angeles DePuy hip recall lawsuit is the first of more than 10,000 lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, manufacturer of the problematic hip implant. Lawsuits allege that the company designed a dangerous product, and were aware of design defects in the ASR hip implant, include the risk of causing metallosis, yet failed to warn patients about the potential side effects.

DePuy ASR Hip Recall Trial Reveals Incriminating Evidence

The DePuy ASR hip recall was issued in August 2010, after J&J received data that showed that one in eight of the hip replacement devices failed within a few years of implantation. Currently DePuy estimates project that almost 40 percent of the devices will fail within five years. Some 500,000 patients in the U.S. are estimated to have received a DePuy metal hip replacement.

Previous testimonies in the trial have uncovered questionable conduct on DePuy’s part in conducting safety testing on the hip implants before they went to market. The company only tested the hip implants at one cup size, with one specific angle of implantation. Company officials also learned about design problems and the potential of metal fretting and corrosion years before they issued the recall.

Filing A DePuy ASR Hip Recall Lawsuit

If you were affected by the DePuy ASR hip recall and suffered hip replacement failure or metallosis, consider joining the thousands of other victims in filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Lawsuits allege negligent recall, defective design and failure to warn. Speak to a lawyer today to learn more about your legal rights and options. Call (877) 779-1414 today.

Published February 4, 2013 by