Parker Waichman LLP Files Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit on Behalf of Plaintiff Claiming Elevated Cobalt, Chromium Levels From DePuy ASR Hip Implant

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Lawsuit one of Several Recently Filed by Parker Waichman LLP in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation Currently Underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (MDL 2197)

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The lawsuit alleges that the Plaintiff suffered pain, as well as elevated chromium and cobalt levels due to her metal-on-metal DePuy ASR Hip Implant.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of people injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Virginia resident who sustained serious injuries, allegedly due to a defective metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implant manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics. The lawsuit was filed on April 12, 2012 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197. (Case No. 1:10 mdl 2197).

In August 2010 DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, 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. By the time the implants were pulled off the market, more than 93,000 people worldwide had received one of the devices. [depuy.com/asr-hip-replacement-recall]

According to the complaint filed by Parker Waichman LLP, the Plaintiff, a 62-year-old woman from Ferrum, Virginia, received a DePuy ASR Hip Implant on October 10, 2007. By February 2011, the Plaintiff was suffering from pain, as well as elevated chromium and cobalt levels due to her metal-on-metal DePuy ASR Hip Implant. The lawsuit seeks, among other things, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as medical monitoring.

The complaint was one of several filed by Parker Waichman LLP on April 12 in the Northern District of Ohio on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by the DePuy ASR Hip Implant. Since the DePuy ASR Hip Implant recall, thousands of similar lawsuits have been filed against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson by ASR Hip Implant recipients who allegedly suffered serious injuries due to the recalled devices.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently conducting a safety review of metal-on-metal hip implants, including DePuy's ASR Hip Implant. Last May, the FDA directed 21 companies that market all-metal hip replacements, including DePuy, 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. [http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm

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. [http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960353-5/fulltext; bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410]

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 recalled DePuy ASR Hip Implant, please contact their office by visiting the firm's DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injury 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
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
(800) LAW-INFO
(800) 529-4636
http://www.yourlawyer.com

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