The medical data unfortunately hasn’t been widely circulated on the internet. So we took matters into our own hands by contacting experts, attending conferences and researching medical journals to find the answers our clients were seeking.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) May 10, 2011
Last month, medical device recall lawyers at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff launched a new website to specifically address the concerns of their clients who are suffering problems with the recently recalled DePuy ASR hip implant. Since then, their site has been combed through – with over 10,000 hits and 6,000+ views of their informational videos - by patients researching what exactly it means when their doctors tell them their cobalt and chromium blood levels are higher than normal.
“People want to know what problems they may be facing in the future due to these hip implants,” KCR partner, Stuart Talley, explains. “Nobody’s giving them direct answers, and the medical data unfortunately hasn’t been widely circulated on the internet. So we took matters into our own hands by contacting experts, attending conferences and researching medical journals to find the answers our clients were seeking.”
Talley’s firm hired renowned metal toxicology expert, Dr. Michael McCabe of Robson Forensics, whose research into the effects of metal poisoning in humans has been widely published in national toxicology journals. He has served on advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Academy of Sciences, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization. In a two hour interview, Dr. McCabe answered a number of questions that Talley and other attorneys at his firm have been asked repeatedly by worried hip replacement patients. They posted his answers on the new site, organized into a dozen video clips, and compiled links to various medical journals that explore the science behind metal hip implants, cobaltism, chromium toxicity and metallosis caused by metal wear debris.
Although they launched the new website based on the fallout from the recent DePuy ASR hip recall, they’ve found that a number of hip patients with a variety of different metal-on-metal hip implants are concerned about metal wear debris and how their elevated metal levels will affect their health downstream. But according to Talley, the worst culprits so far still appear to be the DePuy ASR device and the DePuy Pinnacle device that utilizes the metal ‘Ultamet’ insert.
“The research is beginning to reveal that almost half of hip patients implanted with a DePuy ASR device will ultimately need to undergo a revision surgery within six years,” Talley explains. “The sad thing is, these devices were marketed to a younger, more active segment of hip patients, and the results for many of them have been extremely debilitating. We just hope we can get the information out there to everyone who has one of these implants, so that they can be more informed when they visit their doctors to discuss the potential for having their implant replaced.”
Additionally, last month Talley accompanied one of his clients to speak before the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging regarding her experience with the DePuy ASR implant. The committee convened to discuss whether the FDA’s Fast Track medical device approval process should be revised, as a number of recent device recalls have been approved under this process. No decisions have been made by the committee as of yet, but Talley and his firm are hopeful.
Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff represents injured plaintiffs in dangerous drugs and defective medical devices, as well as automobile and motorcycle accidents, traumatic brain injuries, and insurance bad faith matters. Avid consumer advocates, they have demonstrated their ability to devote substantial resources through lawsuits involving large corporations and have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for their clients and the classes they have represented.