We implore anyone with a friend or relative who has received a hip replacement device since 2003 to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 14, 2011
In a memorandum of law filed last week by counsel for the plaintiffs’ executive and steering committees in the multidistrict litigation over DePuy’s ASR hip devices—In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, no. 1:10-md-2197—the committees note that “[a]pproximately two thousand six hundred (2600) cases are currently pending in this MDL and approximately 20 cases are filed daily.” (The memorandum supports a motion to create a “common benefit fund to compensate for fees and expenses for work performed for the benefit of all parties.”)
In August of 2010, DePuy announced a global hip replacement recall of two devices: the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System. Each unit replaces a worn or weakened part of the hip. Many orthopedic doctors believe that the units were poorly designed; the implants can generate debris from wear, causing inflammation and tissue damage in recipients, as reported last year by the New York Times. 93,000 persons worldwide had an ASR device implanted before the recall, according to data published by DePuy itself.
DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, recalled its ASR devices globally after the National Joint Registry of England and Wales made public data showing that, within five years, about 12% of recipients of the hip resurfacing system and about 13% of recipients of the acetabular system needed corrective surgery.
A piece published on November 12 at WA Today, reported that “Johnson & Johnson has revealed it has ‘reimbursed’ $21 million in claims from more than 3500 patients fitted with DePuy implants.” It is not clear, however, whether those 3,500 patients are in Australia, where WA Today is published. The report notes that “[o]fficial estimates show about 5570 DePuy implants have been placed in patients in Australia and so far more than 430 have had to be removed and replaced in what are difficult, costly and painful operations.”
Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, says, “We implore anyone with a friend or relative who has received a hip replacement device since 2003 to reach out to that person and recommend that he or she consult a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer. While most of those who have called RLG are from California, Illinois, and Ohio, this is a nationwide problem, and we're prepared to help victims all across the country.”
The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Recall Information Center at http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com. The site has features that allow for easy sharing, including links for automatic posting on Facebook and Twitter, specifically to enable visitors to spread the word about the DePuy ASR recall.
About THE ROTTENSTEIN LAW GROUP
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective medical devices. http://www.rotlaw.com
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