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DePuy Hip Implant Recall

 

On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced a global recall of the ASR™ XL Acetabular System, a total hip replacement had been available in the United States since July 2003. Additionally, the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System, a partial replacement which was only approved for use outside the U.S., was recalled as well. The recall was issued after a study showed that patients receiving these hip implants suffered from severe pain, stiffness and swelling, followed by popping and grinding sensations, which interfered with their ability to walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time. In many instances, these symptoms worsened over time and required a second hip replacement surgery, called revision surgery.

Our firm represents people who have been injured by dangerous or defective products that either malfunction, are poorly designed and manufactured in the first place, or have improper or inadequate safety warnings to protect general consumers.
 

At the time of the ASR recall, 13% of the total hip replacement patients had undergone revision surgery within five years of receiving the defective implant. Unfortunately, the percentage of patients requiring revision surgery has increased significantly. These painful, debilitating second surgeries could have been avoided. Even worse, however, some patients are not even candidates for revision surgery, and they must live with painful complications for the remainder of their lives.

The experienced Florida DePuy hip implant attorneys at The Trial Professionals are prepared to argue that DePuy Orthopedics defectively designed the ASR hip implant systems. Specifically, experts opine that the acetabular cup may be the problem since it is shallower than other proven hip implants, which results in tiny metal shavings and debris damaging the surrounding tissue causing painful complications and impeding the chances of a successful revision surgery. Additional defects include component loosening and misalignment, dislocation of the elements, infection, and fracture of the bone, metal sensitivity, and pain.

We are also prepared to argue that DePuy also failed to adequately test the product before putting it on the market and failed to warn the medical community and public at large of these dangers once they became aware of the problems. If you have a DePuy hip replacement, contact the Florida product liability attorneys at Trial Professionals to see what compensation you may be entitled to.

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