This week, 13 victims of a recalled hip implant made by DePuy Orthopaedics filed sued in Champaign County, Illinois, against DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, seeking damages for the injuries they have sustained from the DePuy ASR hip metal-on-metal implant.
More and more people are experiencing serious harm, as well as pain and suffering, from these hip implants. Why? The implants are metal-on-metal, and they are known to drop metal particles into surrounding body tissue. This results in damage to the tissue, as well as potential bone loss.
Inflammation occurs, as well. It’s painful. Plus, a defect in design may make the hip implant not work as well as it was promised to do.
DePuy ASR Hip Implant Known to Have Design Defect
Almost 100,000 (approx. 93,000) DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System implants and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System implants have been recalled because studies revealed that 1 in 8 having this product implanted in their bodies had problems within 5 years of the surgical implant. Problems so severe that most of these folk had to have high-risk hip revision surgery in order to take out and replace the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal artificial hip.
Lawsuits Skyrocketing After Recall Spotlights DePuy ASR Dangers
There were some plaintiffs who filed suits based on the implant before the recall went public; however, now that the details on how this metal hip implant can cause harm many more DePuy implant recipients are checking with their doctors, to learn that the problems they are experienced are indeed due to the product itself.
In fact, doctors across the country are asking that hip implant recipients have their physician re-evaluate their condition, to see if the DePuy metal hip should be replaced.
The new lawsuit filed in Illinois is akin to other DePuy ASR hip implant recall cases filed in other parts of the country. Plaintiffs are alleging that (1) there was a failure to adequately test the metal-on-metal hip system and (2) a failure to promptly recall the product after its failure rate was higher than it should have been under ordinary, average conditions.
Do You Have a DePuy Hip Implant?
If you have had a hip implant since 2005, then it may be a good idea to visit your doctor and have yourself checked out. The recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant (also known as “replacement system”) was available in 2005.
Thousands of lawsuits are expected to be filed across the country since there are a lot of people out there experiencing difficulties due to this product.
Visit a doctor, check with a lawyer — to protect your body, and to insure that you don’t miss the limitations deadline on filing your claim against these manufacturers, especially if you are facing the expense of surgery to correct implant problems.