The DePuy ASR hip lawsuit filed by a Montana man who says he suffered “debilitating” pain after receiving his metal-on-metal hip replacement continued to heat up in court this week when the plaintiff told a Los Angeles jury about his fear that a revision surgery to remove the device would cost him his life.

New Discoveries Made in DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuit

According to a Feb. 19 report from, the 65-year old retired prison guard said the numerous surgeries he underwent preceding that follow-up procedure caused him to be wary of having another.  “I didn’t want to have the hip done because I had 25 surgical procedures done prior to that,” the plaintiff told the California state court jury. “I thought that surgery was going to kill me. I thought I was going to die.”

The plaintiff says the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement was of defective design, and the high levels of chromium and cobalt he allegedly developed in his blood stream was caused by metallic debris from the device. That debris poisoned him, he alleges, and put him in “a kind of stabbing type of pain. It was debilitating. I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t walk long distances.”

A lawyer for Johnson & Johnson denied claims that these injuries were caused by the ASR artificial hip, the article stated.

Also during the hearing of this DePuy ASR hip lawsuit, which is the first of 10,000 to go to trial in the U.S., information that may have been previously kept quiet by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit came to light in the courtroom.

For one, a California surgeon who heavily used the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement on patients prior to the August 2010 recall testified before a jury Feb. 8 that the company’s then-president met with him that March to let him know his team was planning on pulling the device.

“He informed me that they were going to discontinue sales of the ASR,” Swenson said. “He didn’t give me a reason why.”

93,000 implants were later affected by the DePuy ASR hip recall.

More than two years later, 10,000 DePuy ASR hip lawsuits that allege the company failed to warn of the risks associated with the hip implant have been filed in courts throughout the U.S. Many of these claims reside in a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, the Northern District of Ohio.

Considering a DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuit? Call Us.

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

Published February 20, 2013 by