Alonso Krangle LLP - Fighting for victims of defective DePuy ASR Metal On Metal Hip Implants. To discuss a potential defective hip implant claim, contact Alonso Krangle LLP at 1-800-403-619
Melville, NY (PRWEB) March 11, 2013
The DePuy ASR hip implant lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, a law firm focused on fighting for the victims of medical device injuries, applaud a Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s decision to award $8.3 million to the Plaintiff in the nation’s first trial of a DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit. The trial, which concluded on Friday, was the first of 10,750 lawsuits stemming from the 2010 DePuy ASR hip implant recall to be heard by a jury. The outcome of the case could have positive implications for the thousands of other DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits pending in courts throughout the country, according to Alonso Krangle LLP. (Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086)
The DePuy ASR hip implant recall was announced in August 2010 after data revealed the hips were failing in 12-13% of patients within just five years. However, according to a report from The New York Times, an internal Johnson & Johnson document introduced during the DePuy ASR hip implant trial estimated that close to 40% of patients will need revision surgery after five years. Other documents introduced at trial indicated that company executives were told by surgeons, who were also paid consultants for the company, that the design of the ASR was flawed. Some surgeons even went so far as to urge Johnson & Johnson to slow sales of the implant or stop them completely. [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08
The jury hearing the DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuit ultimately awarded the Plaintiff $338,000 to cover his medical expenses and $8 million to cover his pain and suffering. The jury chose not to award punitive damages, but one member of the panel told the Los Angeles Times that he and one other juror did favor such an award because Johnson & Johnson knew about high failure rates with the hip implant and it should have recalled the product before 2010.
[ latimes.com/business/la-fi-hip-trial-verdict-20130309,0,1556822.story ]
According to court records, the Los Angeles case was just the first of several DePuy ASR hip lawsuits scheduled for trial this year. Most of the lawsuits filed since the DePuy ASR hip replacement recall are pending in a multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (MDL 2197), where trials are set to begin in the spring. Jury selection in an Illinois state lawsuit began last week in Chicago, and Opening Arguments are expected to begin on March 11th. (In Re DePuy ASR Hip Litigation, No. 10-L-10506)
Metal-on-metal hip implants like those named in the DePuy ASR hip implant recall are currently under review at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which warned in January that all-metal hips can shed dangerous amounts of metal ions into patients’ tissue and blood stream, leading to device failure, a condition called metallosis, and other serious complications. The DePuy ASR and other metal-on-metal hip replacements were approved via the FDA’s 510(k) process, which requires no human testing. In its recent Safety Communication, the agency proposed a rule that would make all-metal hips ineligible for this process. [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/default.htm]
Alonso Krangle LLP continues to offer free lawsuit evaluations to anyone injured as a result of a recalled DePuy ASR hip implant. To discuss a potential claim with one of the experienced and compassionate DePuy ASR hip replacement lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, 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 leading 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 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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