Oklahoma Jury Awards $2.5 Million in Suit Over Defective Hip Implants

Defective Hip Implant Award

Written by Faith Anderson on February 13, 2015

Oklahoma Jury Awards $2.5 Million in Suit Over Defective Hip Implants

Recipients of the recalled ASR hip implant may be entitled to financial compensation for injuries associated with the defective medical device.

An Oklahoma woman has been awarded $2.5 million in a product liability lawsuit filed against DePuy Orthopaedics, alleging that she suffered metal blood poisoning from DePuy ASR hip replacement systems, which the jury found to be defective and unreasonably dangerous. The verdict was delivered in a suit filed by Andrea Smith, who received an ASR implant on both her left and right hip, in October 2006 and February 2007, and comes after DePuy agreed to settle thousands of ASR hip implant lawsuits for more than $3 billion in 2013. If you believe you have suffered one or more serious side effects of DePuy’s ASR hip implant, contact a reputable product liability lawyer today for legal help.

Lawsuits Filed Over Hip Implant Injuries

Medical device maker DePuy Orthopaedics currently faces more than 12,000 defective hip implant lawsuits filed in courts across the country, on behalf of patients who suffered severe injuries after receiving a DePuy ASR hip replacement system. The DePuy ASR hip implant was recalled in 2010, following reports that the metal-on-metal devices were associated with a higher-than-expected risk of failure. More specifically, early reports indicated that approximately one out of every eight ASR hip implants would fail within five years, rather than last 15+ years as expected, and more recent data has suggested that the DePuy hip implant failure rate may actually be in the 35% to 45% range.

Potential Side Effects of Metal Hip Implants

Among the complications associated with DePuy ASR hip implants are device failure, implant loosening and fracture, damage to the bone and tissue surrounding the implant, the need for revision surgery, and a form of metal blood poisoning called metallosis, caused by metallic debris from the metal components rubbing against one another being shed by the devices into the bloodstream during normal wear and tear. According to allegations raised in Smith’s product liability lawsuit, she required revision surgery to have both DePuy ASR hip implants removed in 2011 and 2012, after doctors found high levels of metal ions in her blood, indicative of metal blood poisoning.

A Defective Hip Implant Lawyer Can Help

All of the defective hip implant lawsuits currently pending against DePuy Orthopaedics involve similar allegations that the device maker designed and sold a defective and unreasonably dangerous product, and failed to warn consumers and doctors about the risk of side effects from its metal hip implant. The jury in Andrea Smith’s case found that the DePuy ASR XL hip implant has a defective design that puts implant recipients at a high risk for serious injuries, and awarded Smith $2.5 million in compensatory damages. If you received a DePuy ASR hip implant, and you have since suffered metallosis or another major complication, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with a defective hip implant attorney today.

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