ASR Hip Implant Settlement
Written by Faith Anderson on February 25, 2015
DePuy Hip Settlement Extended to Include ASR Implants Revised as of Late January
An additional 1,400 defective ASR hip implant claims will be included in DePuy’s expanded settlement agreement.
DePuy Orthopaedics has agreed to extend the settlement agreement the medical device maker reached in 2013, to include additional claims involving recalled ASR hip implants revised as of January 31, 2015. Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy subsidiary originally agreed to settle approximately 8,000 defective hip implant lawsuits filed on behalf of patients whose ASR hip devices failed and had to be removed prior to August 31, 2013. The extended agreement will include 1,400 additional complaints involving injuries from DePuy’s recalled ASR hip implants. If you believe you have been harmed by side effects of a defective hip implant, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help.
Injuries from DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hips
According to a report filed on February 20, attorneys involved in the ASR hip implant lawsuits informed the U.S. District Judge presiding over the federal litigation that the company will expand its settlement agreement to include U.S. residents who received a recalled ASR hip implant and required revision surgery on or before January 31, 2015. Under the terms dictated in the first settlement agreement, plaintiffs in the hip implant litigation will receive an average payment of $250,000 for pain and suffering, while individuals who suffered “extraordinary injuries” from their artificial hips, including complications tied to revision surgery, may be able to pursue additional compensation from the manufacturer, for medical bills and other damages.
DePuy ASR Hip Implants Recalled
DePuy’s widely-used ASR hip implant was recalled in August 2010, following reports that the metal-on-metal hips failed at a higher-than-expected rate, potentially causing injuries related to microscopic metallic debris being shed into the body as the metal components rubbed against one another during normal use. In addition to metal blood poisoning (metallosis), recalled ASR hip implants may cause recipients to suffer other serious injuries, like loosening, fracture or dislocation of the artificial hip, any of which may result in the need for risky revision surgery to remove or replace the defective implant.
Contact a Defective Hip Implant Attorney Today
While Johnson & Johnson appears to be making efforts to settle lawsuits filed over injuries from its recalled ASR implant, the medical device maker continues to defend thousands of cases involving problems stemming from its DePuy Pinnacle hip, an older design that features a similar metal-on-metal design. J&J and DePuy currently face more than 6,500 Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits filed in courts across the country, all of which involve similar allegations that the device maker designed a defective implant that is prone to failure. If you received a DePuy ASR hip implant, and you have since undergone revision surgery, contact a knowledgeable defective hip implant lawyer today for legal help.