Nationwide, many product liability lawsuits have been filed alleging defects and flaws with the prosthetic hip devices. The multi-million dollar product liability lawsuits filed show that too many patients – upwards of 13,000 patients – have either reported problems with their prosthetic hip device or risk experiencing pain and failure far sooner than the normal lifespan of hip replacements would ordinarily suggest. Historically, hip replacements have been expected to last up to 20 years. But, the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System was recalled last year when reports indicated that one of every eight DePuy hip implant patients required revision surgery within five years of receiving the DePuy system.
The DePuy product liability victims have reported pain, infection, and mobility issues with the failing hip replacement system. Additionally, the DePuy hip replacement recall lawsuits are alleging that metal debris originating from the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System leave metal debris that can introduce toxic levels of metals, such as chromium and cobalt, into patients’ surrounding bone, tissue, and bloodstream. As one hip recall plaintiff stated, the recall has “come too late for thousands of Americans…who will now live with the consequences of these faulty devices for years, if not the rest of their lives.” Litigants point out that DePuy began receiving adverse reaction reports as far back as 2007, but waited three years to pull the trigger on the DePuy hip replacement recall. One attorney indicated that his clients who have had DePuy hips replaced as soon as a year or two following the original surgery.
DePuy product recall victims have been affected by this recall in Illinois. Chicago personal injury attorney Steve Levin was recently interviewed about DePuy hip replacement lawsuits. Follow the link to Lawyers and Settlements to read more about the DePuy product recall allegations.