An estimated 12,000 lawsuits have been filed against DePuy Orthopedics over the ASR metal-on-metal hip implants. Plaintiffs claim that the DePuy hip is defective and fails at an extremely high rate. Recently, a $2.5 billion settlement has been reached. People who still need to file a lawsuit or join a DePuy hip class action must act quickly.
Free DePuy Hip Class Action Evaluation: If you or your loved one was injured by a defective DePuy hip replacement, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you join a class action, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
What is the problem?
DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufactures a line of hip replacements that are used in orthopedic surgery. Unfortunately, studies have linked the ASR to as much as a 37% 4.5-year failure rate. Hip implants are supposed to last 15 years or more, and no more than 5% are supposed to fail within five years.
DePuy Hip Recall
DePuy is now facing thousand of lawsuits from patients who allege that DePuy knew about problems with the ASR but failed to issue a recall. According to expert witness testimony, officials at DePuy received clinical data linking the ASR to “extreme” increased level of metal ions in 2008. DePuy waited until August 2010 to recall the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
The DePuy ASR is a metal-on-metal hip replacement, which means that both parts of the “ball and socket” are manufactured with a cobalt and chromium alloy. Other hip replacements are made with plastic, ceramic, metal, or a combination of materials. The metal-on-metal design was originally marketed to younger, more active patients because DePuy claimed it would last longer.
The problem with the metal-on-metal design is that when a patient walks, tiny particles of chromium and cobalt accumulate around the implant. Cobalt is water-soluble and will leech into a patient’s bloodstream, potentially causing metallosis (metallosis) and systemic reactions in other areas of the body. Chromium debris accumulates around the hip and can cause tissue necrosis, bone loss, inflammation, and pain.
About Class Actions
Class action lawsuits are used to resolve a large number of similar legal claims. A small group of plaintiffs file one lawsuit, and they act as “class representatives” for a much larger group of plaintiffs who are not named in the lawsuit. This is advantageous when each individual’s potential award is smaller than the cost of filing an individual lawsuit. By joining together, members of a class action reduce costs, improve efficiency, and collectively fight for compensation.
DePuy Hip Class Action
Schmidt & Clark, LLP provides legal assistance to people who were implanted with a defective DePuy hip replacement. Thousands of lawsuits have already settled, with many plaintiffs provided a base award of $250,000.
Our lawyers can talk to you about the current status of this litigation and discuss your legal options, such as filing an individual claim or joining a DePuy hip class action. You could potentially receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, revision surgery, disability, lost income, and more.
Do I have a DePuy Hip Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in DePuy hip lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free DePuy Hip Class Action Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by a defective DePuy hip replacement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an individual claim or joining a DePuy hip class action, and we can help.