Hip replacement surgeries have become a popular medical option in the past two decades for those suffering from debilitating musculoskeletal disorders or serious injuries of the hip. Among those providing artificial joint replacements in this market is DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The company released its metal-on-metal hip replacement device in 2004, hailing it as innovative due its durability and potential for increased mobility. In August 2010, it voluntarily recalled the product due to its high failure rate among patients. Since then, DePuy has faced thousands of claims and lawsuits by individuals suffering injuries and the need for corrective surgeries due to the device’s design flaws.
If you’ve suffered from the failure of a recalled DePuy hip replacement device, you should seek legal advice from an attorney well-versed in handling claims and lawsuits involving defective products. At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our attorney team has been representing those injured through negligence since 1997. We are thoroughly familiar with what it takes to bring a claim or lawsuit for damages on your behalf against large consumer product companies such as Johnson & Johnson. We have the legal skills, resources, and commitment to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve in the face of medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
DePuy’s product recall in 2010 included the ASR XL Acetabular System as well as the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The recall was based on data DePuy received from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales. The data was eventually published in 2011 which showed that the ASR Acetabular device needed to be removed or replaced in 29 percent of cases within six years. This percentage rate was substantially higher than the overall failure rate associated with all metal-on-metal devices. Since then, both the ASR and DePuy’s Pinnacle hip replacement device have been shown to cause debilitating injuries in many individuals who have sought recourse through lawsuits.
According to Drugwatch.com, the first jury trial concerning DePuy’s recalled devices revealed that the company was aware at the time of its recall that its implants would have a 40 percent failure rate within five years. After being faced with thousands of lawsuits by injury victims, Johnson & Johnson agreed to resolve them in a $4 billion deal in November 2013, which was one of the largest settlements for a medical device in U.S. history.
Serious complications associated with DePuy’s metal-on-metal device include metal poisoning, known as metallosis caused by debris of the device’s metals building up in the soft tissue around the hip. Metallosis can then lead to:
Corrective surgeries are then often required to address the complications, resulting in additional financial and other losses for the individual.
If you have suffered due to a defective DePuy hip replacement device, you need to understand your legal options. You can discuss your case with a competent attorney at Steinger, Greene & Feiner to get the advice and guidance you need to make an informed decision. Contact us for a free case consultation to learn more today.