The DePuy ASR (Articular Surface Replacement) XL Acetabular is a hip implant system that was used in over 93,000 hip replacement procedures from 2005 through 2010. The implant was manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
DePuy Hip Implants such as the ASR and Pinnacle were promoted to active patients as a high performance alternative to traditional replacement systems. The metal-on-metal ball and socket design was intended to reduce wear and increase the life of the joint, while the implant preserved more of the natural hip material and required only a small incision to install.
The DePuy ASR hip was approved by the FDA in August of 2005. However, instead of conducting thorough clinical trials, DePuy used an easier, fast-track approval process known as 510(k) approval. This uses comparisons to current products rather than the traditional and more difficult pre-market approval process.
In recent years, experts from around the world have warned that all-metal hips like the DePuy ASR can release metal shavings into the bloodstream, causing metallic poisoning, tissue damage and other long-term problems.
DePuy issued a recall of the ASR hip implants in 2010 and has now committed over $4 billion to settle lawsuits by the nearly 10,000 patients who had to undergo revision surgery.
If you or a family member received a DePuy Hip Implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today.
In March, a California jury awarded a retired prison guard $8.3 million for damages related to his DePuy hip implant, in the first of many lawsuits over defective hip side effects.
During that trial, evidence was presented which suggested DePuy knew of the dangers of their ASR hip years before it was recalled, but concealed the risks.
Also, despite a claim by DePuy that only 13% of DePuy hip implants have failed, independent studies in the United States, U.K. and Australia have shown failure rates of between 24% and 44%.
So far, Johnson & Johnson has spent more than $900 million trying to resolve claims quickly before patients file lawsuits for their full damages. However, lawyers warn that, by agreeing to a quick settlement, patients are surrendering the full compensation available.
If you have received paperwork from DePuy or Johnson & Johnson, it is important not to sign anything before learning your legal rights. Lawyers are available to discuss your case at no cost to let you know what help is available and how long you have to take action.
While lawsuits for defective medical devices can be very valuable, they are also extremely complex. It is important to only trust a lawyer that has experience with this type of case. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms that have already handled DePuy hip lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the warnings, recall, side effects and legal news related to DePuy and other metal hips, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to help.