British Health Regulator Declares that Metal Hips are Worse than Originally Thought; Patients Should be Monitored for Life, Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff Reports

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The medical device lawyers at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff report that new research in Britain reveals metal-on-metal hip implants may be of more concern than leaking breast implants.

Sacramento hip recall lawyers Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff

Hip recall lawyers Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff

If people knew just a fraction of the Johnson & Johnson conduct hidden behind legions of protective orders, their opinion of the company would be very different.

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff reports on a new advisory released by British medical device regulators declaring that all metal hip patients should be monitored for the life of their metal hip implant. The British Medical Journal also stated that metal hip implants may harm more people than leaking breast implants made in France.

This news comes on the heels of numerous other reports involving metal hips, including an internal email that recently surfaced revealing that Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopedics knew of the problems with their ASR hip implants (a type of metal on metal hip) a year before they recalled them. Additionally, they sold the failing device overseas after it was rejected in the United States by the FDA.

The medical device lawyers at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff have years of experience successfully litigating against Johnson & Johnson over defective medical devices.

"Quite frankly, this news comes as no surprise to us," stated partner William Kershaw, who is currently serving on the Plaintiff's Discovery Committee for DePuy Pinnacle Multi-District Litigation.* "Johnson and Johnson has one of the most effective marketing machines on the planet and makes very effective use of protective orders in virtually all of the cases where it is sued. If people knew just a fraction of the Johnson & Johnson conduct hidden behind legions of protective orders, their opinion of the company would be very different."

Shortly after the DePuy hip replacement recall was issued in August 2010, the firm interviewed a metal toxicology expert so that they could better understand the dangers of metal hips. With the information they discovered, they developed a metal hip information web site where they publish breaking news, videos and in-depth medical research about metal wear debris released by the metal-on-metal hip implants, cobalt and chromium toxicity, and the long term affects of metallosis.

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff's pharmaceutical attorneys encourage anyone with a metal-on-metal hip implant to contact a product liability attorney to discuss their rights. They note that many states restrict patients from pursuing legal action for certain time limits after discovering their medical product's potential for harm, so action should not be delayed.

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff represents plaintiffs in a wide range of personal injury lawsuits, pharmaceutical injury lawsuits and complex litigation. They have demonstrated their ability to devote substantial resources to lawsuits involving large corporations, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for their clients and the classes they have represented.

*(In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation "MDL No. 2244" by Judge James E. Kinkeade)

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