DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits: An Analysis Of The Pinnacle And ASR Hip Litigations

Drug and medical device manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, is embroiled in legal battles stemming from two of its artificial hip implants, both of which are manufactured by its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics.  Thousands of plaintiffs nationwide who received either an ASR or Pinnacle artificial hip implant have chosen to file a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit.  Although the Pinnacle and ASR hip systems are both manufactured by the same company, and plaintiffs in both types of the DePuy hip replacement lawsuits suffered hip replacement complications as a result of the defective artificial hip implants, the litigations have notable differences.

Role Of August 2010 DePuy ASR Hip Recall In DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Currently, there are thousands of DePuy hip replacement lawsuits involving the ASR hip implants.  The ASR hip systems were part of a worldwide DePuy ASR hip recall in August 2010.  Following the DePuy ASR hip recall, the federal ASR hip replacement lawsuits were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; they are now pending before the Honorable David A. Katz.  Additionally, as a result of the DePuy ASR hip recall, Johnson & Johnson contracted with Broadspire, a third party claims adjustor, to settle claims and ultimately mitigate the amount of damages the company will be forced to pay out to ASR hip recipients who would otherwise have chosen to file a DePuy hip lawsuit.  Because of the company’s response following the DePuy ASR hip recall, many are speculating that the company will be more inclined to settle the ASR related DePuy hip replacement lawsuits.

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits Involving Pinnacle Artificial Hip Implants

Similar to the ASR litigation, the federal DePuy hip replacement lawsuits stemming from the Pinnacle systems have also been consolidated.  Hundreds of these DePuy hip replacement lawsuits are pending before the Honorable James E. Kinkeade in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  Although hip replacement failure is common in patients who received both the DePuy ASR and Pinnacle artificial hip implants, the Pinnacle plaintiffs in the DePuy hip replacement lawsuits are likely to experience an added hurdle in litigating their cases. Unlike the ASR hip devices, the Pinnacle artificial hip implants were not subject to a recall.  Although plaintiffs contend that a Pinnacle hip recall should have been issued, the company has intimated that it will forcefully defend each and every DePuy hip replacement lawsuit involving the Pinnacle devices.  Nonetheless, individuals who received a defective Pinnacle hip implant should not be deterred from filing a DePuy hip lawsuit.  The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are equally determined to seek compensation for those injured by these defective medical devices.

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has experienced any problems because of a defective DePuy Pinnacle or ASR hip system, you may be able to file a DePuy hip replacement 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 replacement lawsuit evaluation.  The DePuy Pinnacle and ASR hip 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, the lawyers handling your DePuy hip lawsuit will also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published December 21, 2011 by