Hip Replacement System Recall Raises Serious Liability Questions, According to Oakland Personal Injury Attorney

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Nationwide product recall by DePuy Orthopaedics confirms risk to thousands of patients nationwide

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

The nationwide recall of a popular hip replacement system by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, raises important legal questions about liability on the part of the manufacturer and the physicians who implanted the systems, according to a top California personal injury attorney.

DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, recently announced a voluntary recall of its ASR hip replacement system. The recall announcement was made after DePuy reviewed 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.

"This recall suggests that the DePuy product is defective and poses a risk to the thousands of patients who received them," said Robert G. Schock, an Oakland personal injury attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience. "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. That means there are people suffering pain right now as a result of their hip replacement surgery who need not be going through these problems."

The DePuy recall applies to anyone who received a hip replacement in the U.S. from 2005 to 2009, and who has experienced pain and other discomfort from their hip replacement system.

"There are two different kinds of questions to explore in assessing potential liability associated with a painful hip replacement," said Schock, who has handled hip replacement-related litigation since 2001. "The first one is whether there was a failure in the ASR Hip System itself that follows the pattern of the product recall, and the second question is whether there was an error made by the physician who performed the surgery. This is why it's important to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney who is familiar with how to handle these kinds of products liability and personal injury cases."

Founded in 1980, the Law Offices of Robert G. Schock offers a unique combination of legal expertise and hands-on personal attention. The firm limits its caseload so as to be able to devote its full attention to each client. A fierce advocate and experienced litigator, Robert G. Schock has recovered millions in settlements and jury verdicts for clients throughout California, including in Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Pleasanton, and Concord. For more information, please call 510.839.7722 or go to http://www.robertgschock.com.

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