The flood of lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics (a Johnson & Johnson company) continues as Cinnincati News.com reports of another suit filed against the medical device corporation.
The class action lawsuit was filed late last week on behalf of a several individuals who had hip implant surgery with the ASR hip replacement device made by DePuy. One of the class representatives in the suit has suffered extreme complications following the implant. Since having the surgery she has experienced excruciating pain in the hip and will need revision surgery.
As we have reported often on this blog, DePuy issued a recall of nearly 100,000 of its hip implantation devices following revelations that the devices failed at very high rates. Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to follow the situation, because many seniors in the area may have been affected by the problems with the device. The metal-on-metal implant was found to cause friction that sends small metal fragments into the surrounding bone and tissue of the patient. The resulting complications cause extreme pain to the patient and require risky revision surgery to correct.
The British study which spurred the recall determined that many more patients than usual suffered the complications from the DePuy product. Since then, many lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the victimized recipients of the devices. The suits have alleged, among other things, that the company was aware of the problematic design of the hip implant long before it actually decided to issue the recall. The poor design and delay in correcting the problem has led to many problems for thousands of patients.
The attorney in the latest lawsuit explains, “DePuy refuses to accept fundamental financial responsibility. It wants patients and their insurance companies to pay for medical tests required because of DePuy’s bad hips.”
If you or someone you know has had a hip implant surgery in the past several years, be sure to contact a product liability lawyer immediately to learn about the DePuy hip recall situation.