The DePuy ASR hip implant was a popular device used in more than 93,000 replacement procedures from 2005 through 2010.
However, experts have warned that metal-on-metal hip implants like this can release toxic shavings into the bloodstream, causing metallic poisoning, tissue damage and other long-term problems. The FDA and many doctors have also advised against further use.
In August of 2010, Johnson & Johnson announced a DePuy hip recall of the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement Implant. While the company claimed nearly 13% of patients would require revision surgery, studies have now shown the failure rate may be much higher.
Records show that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy may have known of the dangers and high failure rate of their metal hips years before they were discontinued.
Now, Johnson & Johnson has announced it will pay more than $4 billion to settleDePuy hip recall lawsuits from thousands of patients who underwent surgery to replace their defective implants. They also plan to settle cases with those who haven't yet had surgery but may need it in the future.
If you or a loved one received any metal hip implant, including those covered by the DePuy hip recall, it is important that you speak with a lawyer about your legal options. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today.
The DePuy ASR XL metal hip was marketed to active patients as a durable, high performance alternative that would provide longer life before the need for revision. However, studies now show that early failure of these devices may occur in 24% to 44% of patients.
A 2009 study in the United Kingdom also linked metallic poisoning from metal hip shavings to complications such as vision loss, soft tissue and bone damage, hearing loss, tumors and hip pain.
Johnson & Johnson has attempted to settle DePuy hip recall claims with many patients before they speak with a lawyer or file a lawsuit. However, experts warn that those who settle without learning their full legal rights may give up most of the compensation available.
If you or a family member received the DePuy ASR or other metal hip implant, 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 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.