Depuy ASR Hip Implant Recall Lawsuit Hearing Begins

DePuy Hip Implant RecallSince the DePuy hip implant recall in August of 2010, Johnson&Johnson, the manufacturer of the defective replacements, has attracted an increasing amount of negative attention due to the number of DePuy lawsuits filed against the company. Now J&J is further under scrutiny as last week saw the first of many federal hearings for DePuy hip implant. The discussion aimed to determine which personal injury attorneys would be chosen as guidance advisors to Johnson&Johnson while the DePuy hip implant multidistrict litigation took place. A worldwide recall was issues in 2010 for the implant. It has been reported that 12-13% of persons fitted with the device had to undergo additional surgery within 5 years of fitting. Not only were individuals subject to serious DePuy hip implant inflammation, but adverse effects included bone fractures, tissue damage, muscle damage and multiple tumours. The DePuy hip implant pain is said to be caused by the metal-on-metal structure of the implant. Constructed with the use of chromium and cobalt, the implant’s two components are said to wear away on one another, resulting in the release of metal shavings in the patient’s bloodstream. In turn, this can cause cobalt poisoning, a condition that, if left untreated, can put individuals at risk of tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo, deafness, blindness, optic nerve atrophy, convulsions, headaches, peripheral neuropathy, cardiomyopathy, and hypothyroidism.

More than 93,000 people were fitted with the DePuy hip implant in 2010, and it is estimated that around 40,000 of the individuals were based in America. If you were fitted with an artificial hip and subject to the DePuy hip implant recall then you may be able to seek legal advice from our experienced personal injury attorneys. Contact us for your free consultation on initiating DePuy lawsuit today.

Johnson&Johnson have been subject to a loss in profits (12%) in their fourth quarter as the stock price fell from 79 cents a year to 70 cents a year.  This was largely as a result of the DePuy hip implant recall; however, additional product/drug recalls such as Tylenol, Benadryl and Motrin were also associated with the company’s bad press. Further to the multiple recalls, DePuy (Johnson&Johnson) has been challenged in numerous product liability lawsuits worldwide. Federal DePuy hip implant lawsuits have now been amalgamated into a single multidistrict lawsuit which will be heard before United States District Judge David A. Katz of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The following court proceedings are likely to take place in February once Judge Katz has ruled on the chosen guidance advisors. DePuy at Johnson&Johnson first alerted American doctors of the issues with the hip replacement in March 2010; however DePuy did not issue the DePuy hip implant recall until August. Individuals that have been affected by this issue are entitled to legal advice in order to protect their health rights. If you would like to speak to one of our DePuy hip implant lawyers please contact us today for a free consultation.