Rottenstein Law Group Notes With Interest Forbes Prediction of Potential Average Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Claim Settlement

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The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the surgical implantation of hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics and other companies, notes with keen interest the prognostication of one Forbes contributor that DePuy is likely to pay an average of $169,000 per claim to settle the charges it faces by recipients of the company’s embattled all-metal hip replacement devices.

DePuy Hip Replacement contributor Peter Cohan based his prediction primarily on the results of a $1 billion settlement paid by Sulzer Orthopedics in 2001. 6,800 patients had sued Sulzer after they had been implanted with artificial hips and knees contaminated by an industrial lubricant. The average individual settlement was $147,000, a figure that Cohan inflates by 15% to reach $169,000. In total, Cohen expects the lawsuits filed against DePuy, Zimmer, and other metal hip manufacturers will cost the companies around $5 billion.

An article appearing last week in the New York Times notes that DePuy faces approximately 4,000 lawsuits over its faulty hips. While the majority of these cases are related to the company’s recalled ASR hip system, an increasing number of lawsuits are being filed due to the failure of the Pinnacle system. To date, close to 600 Pinnacle claims have been consolidated in a Texas federal court. Due to the widespread failure of all-metal hips and the costs associated with revision surgery, the total number of Pinnacle lawsuits could increase significantly.

The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a website with information about DePuy’s problematic hip implants at The site has features that allow for easy sharing, including links for automatic posting on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

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Rochelle Rottenstein, Esq.
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Hewlett NY 11557
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