An Irish woman who received the recalled DePuy ASR hip replacements has filed the first DePuy ASR lawsuit in Ireland against Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of the defective device. Irene Pierson received two DePuy hip replacement operations. She received the right hip implant in March 2007 and the left hip implant in September 2008. DePuy Orthopaedics, the J&J subsidiary that manufactures the metal-on-metal hips, issued an ASR hip recall in August 2010 that affected tens of thousands of patients worldwide—including Ms. Pierson. She received a notification letter about the recall of her defective hip implants in October 2010.

Ms. Pierson’s DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuit alleges that she received defective hip implants. The DePuy ASR hip recall was issued because data showed unacceptably high failure rates associated with the device. Countless studies have confirmed that metal-on-metal hip implants, especially the DePuy ASR, put patients at risk for complications such as pain, inflammation, difficulty walking, metallosis, and revision surgery.

In fact, in the recently released Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry’s (“AOANJRR”) 2012 annual report, the agency attributed the increase in revision surgery rates to the DePuy ASR.

According to the report summary, “The major reason for this increase was the high number of revisions being undertaken for the ASR, in particular the ASR XL used in primary total conventional hip replacement. Last year there were 573 revision procedures reported for this prosthesis, this accounted for almost all of the increase in revision hip procedures.”

Many other international regulatory agencies, including the FDA, have cautioned against the use of metal-on-metal hip implants. Thousands of victims of the DePuy ASR hip recall in the U.S. are filing lawsuits. There are approximately 6,000 DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuits in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in Ohio, and another 2,000 claims pending in state courts throughout the U.S.

The first federal DePuy ASR lawsuit is scheduled to go on trial on May 6, 2013.

Consider filing a DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuit if you were affected by the recall and experienced serious side effects. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact a DePuy ASR hip recall lawyer to learn more, call (877) 779-1414 to learn more.

Published October 16, 2012 by