DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Prompted by Recurring Hip Dislocations and Serious Pain in Patients

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Mark Chappell, South Carolina personal injury attorney, now working with clients who required "revision surgeries" to correct problems with DePuy system

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

South Carolina residents are among those who have suffered recurring hip dislocations and debilitating pain as a result of problems resulting from a popular hip replacement system that was recalled this fall, according to attorneys from the South Carolina law firm Chappell, Smith & Arden.

The recall of a hip replacement system by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was prompted by the unusually high volume of documented problems encountered by patients who received the DePuy system and subsequently experienced problems requiring a corrective surgery.

DePuy Orthopaedics 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. 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 multiple clients who received hip replacement surgeries as a result of workplace injuries they suffered," said Mark D. Chappell, partner at Chappell, Smith & Arden. "They received DePuy hip replacement systems in those surgeries and subsequently experienced recurring hip dislocations that caused significant pain. We are currently exploring legal options on behalf of these clients."

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

Founded in 1993, Chappell, Smith & Arden has six attorneys and four offices across South Carolina with attorneys licensed to practice in all federal and state courts in South Carolina, all state courts in North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The attorneys at Chappell, Smith & Arden are committed to protecting the rights of injured individuals and to keeping South Carolina families safe. For more information, please call 888.513.6908 or go to http://www.chappellsmitharden.com.

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