Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary's Recall of Hip Replacement System Illustrates Seriousness of Defects in Product, Says Bay Area Attorney

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Lewis Van Blois, who is representing plaintiffs in litigation against DePuy Orthopaedics, points out that high number of patients were required to have "revision surgeries" to correct or remove defective hip implants

The problem here is that DePuy manufactured a defective product and failed to warn patients and doctors about the potential problems, even though they were aware of serious design problems with the system.

The recently announced recall of a popular hip replacement system by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, illustrates that the product is defective and poses a risk to the thousands of patients who received them, according to a Bay Area products liability and personal injury attorney.

Last month, DePuy announced a voluntary recall of its ASR hip replacement system after reviewing data that indicated "more people than expected who received the ASR Hip System experienced pain and other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery, called a revision surgery," according to a statement on the company's Web site. In fact, the company concedes that one out of every eight patients who received the ASR hip replacement system subsequently had to undergo a revision surgery.

"We are currently representing patients who received one of DePuy's ASR systems and subsequently experienced problems with their hips that required surgeries to correct or remove their implants," said R. Lewis Van Blois, a highly regarded Oakland attorney and founding partner of Van Blois & Associates. "The problem here is that DePuy manufactured a defective product and failed to warn patients and doctors about the potential problems, even though they were aware of serious design problems with the system."

According to Van Blois, anyone who received a hip replacement in the U.S. after July 2003 may have received a DePuy system that contains these defects.

"It's important to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney who is familiar with how to handle cases involving defective products in general and these hip replacement systems in particular," said Van Blois, whose firm handles a wide variety of defective products litigation on behalf of clients.

Van Blois & Associates has the experience and resources to effectively represent plaintiffs on personal injury, auto accident and wrongful death claims in the Bay Area. With more than 40 years of experience exclusively practicing personal injury and wrongful death cases, the firm knows how to get its clients the full compensation to which they are entitled. For more information, please call 510.635.1284 or go to http://www.vanbloislaw.com.

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