Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Settlement
Written by Faith Anderson on October 23, 2013
Another DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuit Settled Before Trial Date
Yet another product liability lawsuit filed over side effects of DePuy’s ASR hip implant has been resolved by the medical device maker prior to trial.
Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary has agreed to settle another lawsuit over problems with its recalled ASR hip implant, once again reaching a resolution just days before the trial was scheduled to begin. More than 10,000 DePuy hip implant lawsuits are currently pending in state and federal courts throughout the United States, involving allegations that defects in the design of the company’s metal-on-metal hip implant increased the risk of patients experiencing serious complications within a few years of the device being implanted. If you received a DePuy ASR implant or another metal-on-metal hip replacement system, and you have since suffered a serious injury or illness, contact a product liability lawyer in your area for legal help.
Lawsuits Filed Over Hip Implant Failure, Complications
Since DePuy recalled its ASR hip implant in 2010, a growing number of complaints have been brought against the medical device maker on behalf of patients who believe they have been adversely affected by the metal-on-metal hip replacement system. As the first DePuy hip implant trial dates approach in state and federal courts across the country, at least two cases have now been resolved for undisclosed amounts. A lawsuit filed by Debora MacDonald was scheduled to go to trial on October 21 in New Jersey state court, but, according to a Case Management Order issued by the judge, the case “has been resolved,” resulting in the cancellation of the upcoming trial. Earlier this month, another hip implant suit filed by Robert Eugene Ottman and scheduled to go to trial in late October was resolved.
Contact an Experienced Attorney in Your Area
In the federal court system, all DePuy hip implant lawsuits are being consolidated for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge David A. Katz in the Northern District of Ohio, where the first trials are scheduled to begin in January 2014. According to previous reports, Johnson & Johnson was considering a settlement agreement of $3 billion, which would result in an average of $300,000 being paid out per case. If you have suffered a serious side effect that you believe to be related to a potentially defective medical device, like the ASR hip implant, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured consumers throughout the country, and can help you contact an attorney with experience handling product liability cases in your area.