The DePuy ASR hip implant was a popular all-metal hip used in more than 93,000 patients between 2005 and 2010. Unfortunately, the devices were recalled in 2010 after studies showed dangerous side effects from metal shavings and a high rate of failure.
Although DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson have offered to cover certain costs for patients as part of the recall, more than 10,000 of those affected have contacted a DePuy lawyer to learn about the full compensation available.
A DePuy lawyer can explain how the manufacturer is liable for damages. When DePuy sought FDA approval of the ASR hips, they used an easier 510(k) fast-track program instead of properly testing the devices. Records also show they may have known that the devices were defective and had high chances of failure years before the recall, but didn’t warn patients.
Now, the parent company of DePuy, Johnson & Johnson, has agreed to pay more than $4 billion to compensate those patients who had surgery to replace their defective hip implants. They will also settle cases with those who have not had surgery, but may need it in the future.
A DePuy lawyer can explain whether you qualify for a case and how long you have to take action.
If you or a family member received a DePuy hip or a similar metal implant, it is important that you speak with a lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation, however, time is limited. Contact us today.
In 2009, researchers in the United Kingdom published a study warning that toxic shavings from metal hips could cause metallic poisoning, with complications such as vision loss, soft tissue and bone damage, hearing loss, tumors and hip pain.
They also warned the devices could fail at a rate three times the normal average.
Although DePuy warned in the recall that as many as 13% of patients may need revision surgery, records now show they knew the defect rate would be higher. Testing in the United States, U.K. and Australia has shown that as many as 44% of patients may need painful revision surgery for these defective devices.
Unfortunately, many of those who received defective DePuy ASR hips may not know of the risks since metallic poisoning can take years to surface. Even if no symptoms are present, it is important to get blood levels tested for the presence of metals.
If you or a loved one received the DePuy ASR or other metal hip implant, it is also important that you learn your full legal rights and the compensation available. A DePuy lawyer can discuss your case at no cost.
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.