In August 2010, DePuy issued a worldwide recall of the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR Acetabular XL Hip Replacement System
Melville, NY (PRWEB) March 16, 2012
Attorneys Andres Alonso and David Krangle, founding partners of Alonso Krangle LLP, a national law firm focused on fighting for the rights of serious personal injury victims, announce their firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a North Carolina woman who allegedly suffered metallosis following total hip replacement surgery with DePuy Orthopaedic’s ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant System. The lawsuit was filed on March 15, 2012, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Case No. 1:12-dp-20642-DAK), where all lawsuits involving DePuy’s ASR Hip Implant System have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation before the Honorable David A. Katz (MDL No. 2197).
According to the lawsuit, the Plaintiff received the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant System in August 2008. Revision surgery to replace the ASR hip implant was performed in June of 2011.
According to Alonso Krangle LLP, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is currently named in more than 5,000 lawsuits involving its metal-on-metal ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant System, most of which are pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in the Northern District of Ohio. In August 2010, DePuy issued a worldwide recall of the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR Acetabular XL Hip Replacement System after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving it. [depuy.com/asr-hip-replacement-recall]
Alonso Krangle LLP continues to offer free lawsuit evaluations to anyone who suffered a severe injury, including cobalt poisoning, metallosis, or early failure of an implant, following total hip replacement with DePuy Orthopaedic’s ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant System. To discuss a potential claim with one of the experienced and compassionate defective hip implant lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant System is a metal-on-metal hip implant, a class of devices that has raised serious safety concerns in recent years. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), when the metal ball and the metal cup in an all-metal hip implant slide against each other, microscopic metal particles of chromium and cobalt may wear away and enter into the space around the device. This can cause damage to bone and/or tissue surrounding the implant and joint. In some patients with high levels of metal ions in the bloodstream, this may have caused other health problems, including effects on the heart, nervous system, and thyroid gland. Because of these concerns, the FDA has ordered 21 manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants to conduct postmarket surveillance studies of their devices so that the agency can better understand their safety profiles. [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241769.htm]
Since the FDA issued its order, concerns about the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants have grown significantly. On March 13, 2012, The Lancet published a study conducted at the University of Bristol which found that patients who received total hip replacements with metal-on-metal hip implants were twice as likely to experience early failure of their device compared to those fitted with other types of implants. The authors of the study asserted the devices should no longer be used in total hip replacement surgery. An investigative article published in the February 2012 issue of the British Medical Journal revealed that DePuy Orthopaedics and other metal-on-metal hip implant manufacturers were aware of evidence linking all-metal hip implant devices to serious, long-term health consequences, but failed to warn the public about these dangers for years. [thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960353-5/fulltext; bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410]
Alonso Krangle LLP continues to offer free lawsuit evaluations to anyone who suffered a severe injury, including cobalt poisoning, metallosis, or early failure of an implant, following total hip replacement with a metal-on-metal hip implant, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s ASR XL Acetabular Hip Implant System. To discuss a potential claim with one of the experienced and compassionate defective hip implant lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
About Alonso Krangle LLP
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A national law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and plans to open additional locations in New Jersey.
For more information about Alonso Krangle or to join the fight and be a part of our team, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
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