In 2010, Johnson & Johnson initiated one of the largest medical device recalls in history when it recalled its DePuy ASR hip implants used in over 93,000 patients.
The recall came after studies showed the all-metal hips could fail earlier and at higher rates than normal, and also emit harmful toxic metal shavings into the body.
Although company estimates put the early failure rate of DePuy hips at 13%, recent studies have shown as many as 44% of patients may need painful revision surgery to replace their devices before the normal time.
More than 10,000 patients filed legal claims to cover the full damages of their ordeals after internal records showed DePuy kept selling a defective product despite knowing the dangers. However, this number was far short of the 93,000 total implants, so tens of thousands haven’t received legal help.
Now, with Johnson & Johnson announcing a multi-billion dollar settlement for patients who’ve had their devices replaced, lawyers are urging anyone affected to learn their legal options or risk missing out on compensation.
Last week, J&J confirmed it will spend between $2.5 billion and $4 billion to compensate patients who had early revision surgery due to defective hip implants. Additional settlements are being negotiated for those patients who have not yet had surgery but may need it in the future.
However, patients need to submit their claims and medical records before it is too late. Lawyers are helping those affected at no cost, unless they receive an award.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy ASR or metal hip implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights and the ongoing settlement.
Due to the specialized nature of medical device injury cases, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers and law firms who have already handled DePuy lawsuits.
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