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What is the DePuy Hip Implant? 

The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip is an all-metal hip implant device that was manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopedics from 2005 until 2010.  The system was used in more than 93,000 hip replacement procedures.  

In August of 2010, DePuy issued a recall of the ASR hip implant after reports showed the devices could fail at higher-than-normal rates and release toxic metal shavings into the body, which can cause metallic poisoning.

Experts believe between 24% and 44% of patients who received DePuy metal hips may eventually need revision surgery to replace the defective device. However, all patients should monitor for high levels of metal in the blood.

Lawyers are helping those affected file claims. If you received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today to speak with a lawyer about your legal options.

 

Who makes the DePuy Hip Implant?

The DePuy ASR XL Hip Implant was made by DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson.

DePuy Manufacturing was originally founded in 1895 in Warsaw, Indiana by Revra DePuy. DePuy was purchased by Johnson & Johnson in 1998 and came to be organized under the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics group.  The subsidiary now develops and manufactures medical products under the brand names DePuy Mitek, DePuy Orthopaedics, Codman and DePuy Spine.

The company manufactures approximately one-third of all hip implant devices used in hip replacement surgeries in the United States. The ASR XL Hip Implant was used in more than 93,000 patients between 2005 and 2010.

If you received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.

 

What should I do about my DePuy Hip Recall?

If you received any metal hip implant including the DePuy ASR, Pinnacle or Stryker ABG and Rejuvenate, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options before you sign anything or settle a claim with the manufacturer.

Johnson & Johnson has announced it will pay more than $4 billion to settle lawsuits from patients who underwent surgery to replace their defective DePuy hips. They also plan to settle cases with those who have not yet undergone surgery.

Lawyers are helping all patients who received metal hips file claims, even if they have not yet had revision surgery or experienced the symptoms of metallic poisoning.

However, patients may give up their rights if they sign anything from the manufacturer.

If you received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.

 

What are the Side Effects of the DePuy Hip Implant?

Defective DePuy Hip Implants can produce drastic side effects such as loosening or detachment of the implant from bone, dislocation of the implant, fracture of the bone around the implant, metal shavings from excessive metal-on-metal wear, metallic poisoning, bone loss and the need for revision surgery.

These side effects can result in disabling symptoms including pain in the thigh, hip or groin, pain while walking or standing, inflammation, vision loss, muscle damage, hearing loss, and extensive soft tissue damage.  

Experts believe between 24% and 44% of patients who received DePuy metal hips may eventually need revision surgery to replace the defective device. However, all patients should monitor for high levels of metal in the blood.

If you or someone you love received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.

 

What are the symptoms of a defective DePuy Hip Implant?

Patients who received the DePuy ASR XL or other metal hip implants should monitor for symptoms that may indicate loosening or detachment of the device, as well as early signs of metallic poisoning.

Some of the symptoms of a defective metal hip implant can include:

  • pain in the thigh
  • hip pain
  • groin pain
  • pain while walking or standing
  • difficulty walking or standing
  • vision or hearing loss, and
  • tumors.  

Experts believe between 24% and 44% of patients who received DePuy metal hips may eventually need revision surgery to replace the defective device. However, all patients should monitor for high levels of metal in the blood.

Even if you have not experienced any adverse symptoms from your DePuy Hip Implant, it is important to see your doctor to test for metallic poisoning. Also, a lawyer can help you file a claim for damages even if your symptoms haven’t yet begun.

If you or someone you love received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.

 

Can I file a lawsuit for my defective DePuy Hip Implant?

Yes. If you received any metal hip implant including the DePuy ASR, Pinnacle or Stryker ABG and Rejuvenate, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options before you sign anything or settle a claim with the manufacturer.

Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have now agreed to pay more than $4 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients who underwent surgery to replace their defective hip implants. They will also settle cases with those who have not yet undergone surgery.

Lawyers are helping all patients who received metal hips file claims, even if they have not yet had revision surgery or experienced the symptoms of metallic poisoning.

However, patients may give up their rights if they sign anything from the manufacturer.

If you received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.

 

Is there a DePuy Class Action Lawsuit for Defective Hip Implants?

Lawyers have helped those who received defective all-metal hip implants file claims for their damages in special multi-district courts around the country. However, these have not been combined into one DePuy class action lawsuit for several reasons.

While joining cases together into a class action may give the overall group more influence, victims lose much of the control over their case and will usually have to share in any award with many others. They also will not be able to select their own legal counsel.

With a state or federal multi-district litigation, cases are consolidated into one court for purposes of sharing information and rules, but still maintain their independence. This gives victims more control over their case and often results in higher awards for those affected.

If you received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.

 

How long do I have to file a DePuy lawsuit?

The time to file a lawsuit for injuries from defective DePuy Hip Implants is limited, though it is different from state to state.  Lawsuits in the United States are subject to a Statute of Limitation, or time limit, which, after expired, will prevent an injured person from filing a case. 

The statute of limitation is different from state to state and for each type of lawsuit, but generally ranges in time from 2 years to 6 years. If you file your claim within the required time, the Statute of Limitation has no effect on your case.

The Statute of Limitation for DePuy Lawsuits may begin to expire when you are notified of the DePuy Hip Implant recall.  Therefore, it is important to speak with a lawyer immediately to find out how much time you have to file a claim.

 

Does it cost me anything to file a DePuy lawsuit?

No. If a DePuy lawyer determines that you have a valid case, they will pursue it on a contingency fee basis.  This means that you do not pay anything to your attorney unless they recover damages for you.

Your DePuy lawyer will also pay the legal costs associated with researching, filing and fighting your case. These costs can include expenses for medical records, doctor examinations and testimony by expert physicians and witnesses.  Again, these costs will only be deducted from your award if receive money from a trial or settlement.

If you received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.

 

How much are DePuy Lawsuits worth?

If you received a DePuy ASR hip or other all-metal hip implant, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.

DePuy owner Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay at least $4 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients who needed surgery to replace their defective devices. The average of these settlements will be around $300,000. They have also agreed to settle cases with those who may need surgery in the future.

Every case is different. The value of your case could be more or less, depending on the severity of your condition, the length of hospital stay and amount of medical bills, future treatment needs, lost earnings and pain and suffering.

Therefore it is important to speak with a qualified DePuy Lawyer to determine what your case may be worth and how long you have to file a lawsuit. Lawyers are helping all patients who received metal hips file claims, even if they have not yet had revision surgery or experienced the symptoms of metallic poisoning.

If you received a DePuy Hip Implant, contact us today for more information or to speak with a lawyer.

 

How do I contact a DePuy Lawyer?

If you or a family member received a DePuy ASR implant or another all-metal hip, it is important to learn your legal rights. Several lawyers around the country are helping those affected file claims, even if they have not yet experienced the symptoms of hip implant failure.

However, lawsuits for defective medical devices such as defective hips can be very specialized. It is important to choose a lawyer who has experience fighting this type of case against powerful medical device companies. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms that have already handled DePuy hip lawsuits.

Contact us today to speak with a lawyer, or for more information on the warnings, recall, side effects and legal news related to DePuy hip implants. We are available 24 hours a day to help.