April Deadlines Approach For Biomet Hip Lawsuit, DePuy ASR Recall Settlements
The final dates to enroll in a federal Biomet hip lawsuit settlement, as well as one for individuals affected by the DePuy ASR recall are fast approaching in a pair of multidistrict litigations established in the U.S.
According to documents in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, April 1, 2014 is the last day to enroll in a federal agreement involving the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement. Eligible participants must have undergone implant removal and revision surgery prior to August 2013, after experiencing complications associated with premature device failure. Injuries allegedly associated with the ASR hip, which may include pain, swelling and metallosis (metal ion poisoning) may entitle implant recipients to receive a base payment of $250,000, according to a proposal in November 2013. This amount could be increased or reduced based on prior medical history and other factors.
DePuy ASR Recall Settlement Could Resolve 8,000 Lawsuits
Court documents indicate that the settlement could resolve 8,000 lawsuits over the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement, which was manufactured by the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics before it was recalled in August 2010 due to excessively high rates of early failure. In addition to claims filed in the Northern District of Indiana, court records this month show 653 ASR hip lawsuits now pending in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court.
A number of lawsuits over the Biomet M2a Magnum hip may also soon be resolved through a federal agreement proposed on February 3, 2014 in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana. Eligible participants must file a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit by April 15, 2014 after having undergone a replacement surgery after 180 days of implantation. Plaintiffs in these cases allege that use of the Biomet M2a Magnum hip may result in dangerous levels of metal debris accumulation in the blood stream, causing chronic pain, loss of mobility and other premature device failure complications. These individuals may be eligible to receive a base award of $200,000, according to the Indiana federal court proposal. As of March 13, 2014, an update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation showed 1,268 claims filed in the multidistrict Biomet hip litigation.
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