The Wisconsin Law Journal reports today that the number of class-action and individual civil lawsuits over DePuy Orthopaedics hip implants are on the rise. One DePuy hip recall lawyer estimates that there will be over 4,000 lawsuits filed against the negligent manufacturer whose faulty medical devices have failed at a very high rate.
In August, DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems after a British study revealed that one in eight patients who had the ASR hip implants had to undergo a second revision surgery to correct painful issues with the DePuy implant. Many patients suffer severe pain and difficulty walking because the metal components of the device are prone to rubbing together and causing tiny particles of metal to be released into the tissue surrounding the hip as the metal wears. In addition to the pain caused by the defective hip implant, recipients are also forced to endure the significant risks and long recovery associated with a second surgery.
Many of lawsuits already filed allege that DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson corporation, were aware of the device’s high rate of failure early on but did not recall the product or notify physicians in a timely manner. As a result, over 93,000 hip implants were used on patients.
Our Chicago injury lawyers will continue to keep readers posted on developments surrounding the DePuy hip implant lawsuits. We believe that is important to make patients and families aware of the ongoing issues with DePuy hip replacements systems and also hope that the corporation is held accountable for the negligent design of the device.
If you or a loved one suffered complications or were forced to undergo a revision surgery as the result of a faulty DePuy hip implant, you may be entitled to recover damages for medical bills, lost income and your pain and suffering. Since 1992, Levin & Perconti has represented victims injured or killed by faulty medical devices and consumer products and can help you seek justice. Contact us to speak with an experienced injury attorney in a free and confidential consultation.