DePuy ASR Hip Replacement
If you were implanted with one of the 93,000 DePuy ASR hip replacements recalled in August 2010 and experienced complications afterward, you may be eligible to file a claim seeking compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
DePuy ASR hip replacement lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently offering free and confidential case evaluations for potential lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics. Call the Firm directly to learn more about your legal rights at (877) 779-1414.
Side Effects Associated with the DePuy ASR Hip Implant
Plaintiffs in the thousands of lawsuits that have been filed over the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement say they suffered hip pain, infection, dislocation, bone fracture, metal sensitivity, tissue damage as a result of metal debris, and/or difficulty walking after receiving the implant.
The DePuy ASR hip recall was issued by Johnson & Johnson on August 24, 2010 after data revealed excessively high failure rates associated with its ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Following this announcement, the company advised all patients to immediately contact their surgeons and undergo annual monitoring to identify potential problems with the hip.
Since the recall, approximately 10,000 DePuy ASR hip lawsuits have been filed in the U.S., many of which are now pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.
DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuits Go to Trial
These claims have recently made headway in the U.S. On Mar. 8, 2013, a verdict was reached in the first DePuy ASR hip lawsuit to go to trial when a Montana man was awarded $8.3 million in damages by Los Angeles jurors who ruled that Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit defectively designed the metal-on-metal hip replacement. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay the plaintiff, a 65-year old retired prison guard, $338,000 in medical expenses and $8 million for his pain and emotional suffering.
This verdict was announced more than two years after the device was recalled in August 2010 due to the potential for its metal components to fret and/or corrode.
Thousands of other patients who received the DePuy ASR hip implant allege this complication can cause a host of adverse tissue reactions, early hip failure and metallosis (metal ion poisoning). Oftentimes, revision surgeries to remove the artificial hip are necessary to correct these complications.
The second DePuy ASR hip lawsuit trial began on Mon., March 11, 2013 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Contact a DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Lawyer to Learn More About Filing a Claim
If you suffered side effects stemming from the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as any pain and suffering you may have been caused. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more about your legal rights at (877) 779-1414.