DePuy Orthopaedics marketed the ASR metal hip implant as a durable, high performance alternative for active patients due to its all-metal construction. However, studies now show that these devices can fail at a high rate and cause severe side effects.
Although DePuy recalled the ASR hip implants in 2010, they were used in over 93,000 patients in just 5 years on the market. Due to the failure of the company to properly test the defective devices, those affected have the right to seek compensation through a DePuy lawsuit.
Studies have shown that the chromium and cobalt construction of devices like the DePuy ASR can release toxic shavings into the bloodstream, causing metallic poisoning, tissue damage and other long-term problems.
Now, with thousands of patients filing a DePuy lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to settle and has committed over $4 billion for those who needed revision surgery. They will also negotiate additional settlements with patients who have yet to undergo surgery but may need it in the future.
Lawyers are helping those affected by DePuy metal hips file claims and can answer your questions today.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy metal hip or a similar implant, it is important that you speak with a lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today.
As part of the recall of their ASR metal hip, DePuy indicated that as many as 13% of patients who received the devices could require revision surgery. Now, studies in the United States, U.K. and Australia show the early failure rate may be as high as 24% to 44%.
Records filed as part of a recent DePuy lawsuit in Caifornia also suggest the company may have known of the dangers and high failure rate of their metal hips years before they were discontinued, but failed to warn patients.
So far, more than 10,000 patients have filed a DePuy lawsuit over damages from their defective hip. More than 7,200 of these cases were consolidated in a special federal multi-district court in Ohio, while others are pending in various state courts.
Johnson & Johnson and DePuy attempted to settle many recall claims early through insurance adjusters before patients learned the full value of their case. However, lawyers have now negotiated a large scal settlement of more than $4 billion for those filing a lawsuit, in order to account for all damages and future treatment needs.
If you or a loved one received the DePuy ASR or other metal hip implant, it is important that you not sign anything before learning your full legal rights and the compensation available. Lawyers are available to discuss your case at no cost to let you know your options and how long you have to take action.
Lawsuits for defective medical device injuries can be very specialized and complex. It is important that you choose a lawyer with experience in 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.