Defective Hip Implant Reward
Written by Faith Anderson on March 14, 2013
DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall
According to allegations raised in the product liability lawsuit, the ASR metal-on-metal hip implant system carries an increased risk of premature failure due to the release of microscopic metal particles as the components rub against one another during normal wear and tear. This toxic metal poisoning, known as metallosis, may increase a patient’s risk of inflammation, loosening of the implant, and other serious complications. In August 2010, J&J issued a recall of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, after data indicated that one in every eight implants was failing within the first five years of the initial surgery. Unfortunately, by the time the all-metal implants were removed from the market, more than 90,000 of the devices had already been sold to patients around the world.
FDA Warnings Regarding All-Metal Hip Implants
More than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts throughout the country, on behalf of patients who claim that their metal-on-metal hip implant failed within a few years. During Kransky’s trial, former DePuy employees testified that the company was aware of data showing abnormally high failure rates with its ASR hip implants for years. In January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new guidance for metal-on-metal hip replacements, notifying doctors that the hip replacement systems should only be used in cases where other artificial hip implants are not appropriate. The agency also called on manufacturers to prove that their implants were safe and effective enough to remain on the market.
A Product Liability Lawyer Can Help You File a Claim
Medical devices like hip implants are used to treat medical conditions and improve the overall quality of life of the recipient. Unfortunately, when potentially dangerous medical devices are allowed on the market, the consequences can be devastating for affected patients. If you have suffered serious side effects that you believe to be related to a defective hip implant or another potentially dangerous medical device, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help you contact a reputable lawyer with experience handling product liability cases in your area. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against the device manufacturing company, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills.