Parker Waichman LLP Files Lawsuits on Behalf of Recipients of DePuy Orthopaedic, Inc.'s Recalled ASR Hip Implants

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Complaints Allege Plaintiffs Suffered Severe Injuries, Including Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels Resulting in Revision Surgery, Due to Defective DePuy ASR Hip Implants.

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Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of victims of defective medical devices, has filed lawsuits on behalf of two individuals who allegedly sustained serious injuries due to DePuy Orthopaedic's recalled ASR Hip Implants. Defendants named in the lawsuits include DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, its parent company. Both lawsuits were filed on April 12, 2012, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, where thousands of DePuy ASR Hip Implant lawsuits are currently consolidated in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (Case No. 1:10 mdl 2197).

According to the first complaint, the Plaintiff, a 57-year-old man from Portsmouth, Virginia, received a DePuy ASR Hip Implant in his left hip on January 10, 2008. A second ASR Hip Replacement was placed in the Plaintiff’s right hip on June 23, 2008. The Plaintiff allegedly suffered personal and economic injuries, including nerve damage, pain, metallosis, and elevated chromium and cobalt levels resulting in revision surgery, due to his DePuy ASR Hip Implants, the lawsuit states. The Plaintiff underwent explanation of his left ASR Hip Implant on February 27, 2012, while his right ASR Implant was removed on March 29, 2012, according to the complaint.

The second lawsuit filed by Parker Waichman LLP was brought on behalf of a 60-year-old woman from Warner Robbins, Georgia, who received a DePuy ASR Hip Implant on November 17, 2007. The lawsuit alleges that in April 2011, the Plaintiff suffered personal and economic injuries including pain and elevated chromium and cobalt levels resulting in revision surgery, because of her DePuy ASR Hip Implant. According to her complaint, the DePuy ASR Hip Implant was explanted on September 14, 2011.

According to Parker Waichman LLP, the DePuy ASR Hip Implant is a metal-on-metal hip replacement device. In August 2010 DePuy issued a worldwide recall of the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR Acetabular 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. Thousands of lawsuits have since been filed against DePuy and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, by ASR Hip Implant recipients who allegedly suffered serious injuries due to the defective devices. Most of those lawsuits have been consolidated in the litigation now underway in the Northern District of Ohio. [depuy.com/asr-hip-replacement-recall]

In March, a large study published in The Lancet showed that there is a 6.2 percent chance patients with all-metal hips will need a replacement within five years. "Metal-on-metal stemmed articulations give poor implant survival compared with other options and should not be implanted," the study authors wrote. The month prior, a report in the British Medical Journal revealed that metal-on-metal hip implant manufacturers were aware of mounting evidence linking the devices to serious, long-term health consequences, but for years failed to warn the public about these dangers. The report warned that hundreds of thousands of people around the world may have been exposed to dangerously high levels of toxic and potentially cancer-causing metals from failing metal-on-metal hip implants. [[thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960353-5/fulltext; bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410]

Last May, the U.S. Food & Drug (FDA) directed 21 companies that market all-metal hip replacements, including DePuy and Stryker, to conduct post-market studies of their products to determine if they were shedding dangerous amounts of metallic debris in patients. The agency recently announced that its Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel will meet over June 27 and 28 to discuss the risks and benefits of metal-on-metal hip systems, as well as potential patient and practitioner recommendations for their use.[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm]

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of metal-on-metal hip implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced premature failure of your implant or other health problems associated with a DePuy ASR Implant, please contact their office by visiting the firm's DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

For more information regarding defective hip implant lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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Parker Waichman LLP
Herbert Waichman, Partner
(800) LAW-INFO
(800) 529-4636
http://www.yourlawyer.com

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