DePuy Lawsuits

If you've had hip replacement surgery, then you owe it to yourself to read this article. The Johnson & Johnson orthopedics division recently instituted a global hip replacement recall, The 2 replacements that are being recalled are the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Both of these systems were recalled because they suffer from an elevated rate of failure, and they have been the result of numerous DePuy lawsuits. If you or a loved one suffered intense pain or have had to endure a revision surgery after having hip replacement surgery, it may benefit you to look further in the DePuy recall. There may be the possibility of joining a DePuy lawsuit to get reimbursed for wages lost, as well as pain and suffering.

According to the Johnson & Johnson website, the affected replacements first went on the market in July of 2003. Those with older replacements are not affected. If the date of your hip replacement is within the scope of the recall, contact your doctor or surgeon immediately. The DePuy website asks that you contact them if you determine you have one of the recalled hip replacements. It would be a good idea to contact an experienced lawyer before talking with the DePuy representative, especially if you have had problems up to and including revision surgery.

Both the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System have a rejection rate of approximately 12-13%. Female recipients and those with head sizes below 50mm in diameter are allegedly the most prone to revision. The cause of rejection has been determined to be microscopic metal shavings caused by metal components rubbing together. The metal particulates are released into the soft tissue, causing muscle and tissue damage that leads to inflammation and bone loss in severe cases. Symptoms include swelling and pain, as well as trouble walking. If you or a loved one is suffering from these symptoms, your surgeon should be able to take X-rays and determine the extent of the damage. According to the DePuy website, hip revision surgery isn't required except in the most extreme cases. It is recommended you consult a lawyer if you fear you are suffering symptoms as a result of the products involved in the DePuy recall.

While winning a lawsuit against a major corporation like Johnson & Johnson can be difficult, this is a unique case in that they have announced a recall of 93,000 devices implanted in patients across the globe. This in of itself isn't an admission of guilt, but it goes a long way towards proving Johnson & Johnson and Depuy recognize their hip replacements are problematic. Depuy lawsuits have been filed in a number of jurisdictions, including California and New Jersey. Without a doubt, more suits are forthcoming. The lawsuits are intended to prove that Johnson & Johnson knew about the chance of failure due to metal particulate release but chose to leave the hip replacements on the market until they had no choice but to react.

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