We have closely followed the developments of the DePuy hip implant recall on this blog, because many seniors may be affected by the problem. The recall was ordered in August after months of pressure on the company to do so-data revealed that large numbers of patients who received the implants experienced unnecessary pain and suffering. The devices are failing at far too high a rate with drastic consequences for the victims.
Several different issues are involved in the lawsuits involved these implants. Levin explains, “The replacement is difficult for doctors to implant. If they are off just a little, there is a good chance it is going to dislocate.”
He continues, “The other problem is the metal-on-metal friction. There is a chemical reaction between chromium and cobalt that can be toxic to certain people-they are going to have to have blood monitored for possible future problems.”
Our Chicago DePuy implant lawyers at Levin & Perconti will continue to follow the developments of this issue. We are committed to working for the health and safety of all seniors. It is imperative that the professionals who are charged with the care of these vulnerable loved ones-from nursing home employees to medical design professionals-provide reasonable care that does not place the senior in danger. Large companies like Johnson & Johnson (the owners of DePuy) are no exception. All seniors who received a DePuy implant need to take steps to protect their safety and hold the negligent company accountable for the losses caused by their faulty product.
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