(PRWEB) February 07, 2013
As the nation’s first DePuy ASR trial progresses into its second week in Los Angeles, a metal-on-metal hip implant expert testified Feb. 6 that the device’s design had several alleged flaws, notes the Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients in DePuy ASR lawsuits.
According to a Bloomberg article,* Dennis Bobyn, a McGill University professor, testified in court (In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al. BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court) that the recalled ASR’s shape and function – a less-than-half-circle metal cup in which a metal ball sits – contributed to the alleged flaws, as does its one-piece cup design. (Two-pieces is considered a better approach, Bobyn said.)
The alleged design flaws can cause metallosis (metal poisoning), which is one of the most prominent conditions for which hip implant recipients pursue lawsuits with firms such as the Rottenstein Law Group. Contact between hip components results in metal ions that enter the bloodstream. Alleged side effects include the blackening of and growth of “pseudotumors” in the surrounding tissue and adverse effects in the central nervous system.
“The evidence and testimony seem to suggest that the DePuy ASR was destined to fail,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group. “We've spoken with many of the thousands who have filed lawsuits in the United States, whether in state or federal court. They trusted DePuy’s ability to provide a helpful product, not a potentially harmful one.”
The Rottenstein Law Group manages a DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuit Information Center to help those who believe they have suffered injuries evaluate if they have a case. RLG is also closely following proceedings for lawsuits related to the other metal-on-metal hip replacement systems: the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and the Smith & Nephew R3 systems; the Biomet M2A Magnum; the Wright Conserve; and the DePuy Pinnacle.
Loren Kransky, 65, alleges that the DePuy ASR caused him metal poisoning, among other problems, according to court records. DePuy asserts that Kransky’s health problems are unrelated to his now-removed hip implant, according to Bloomberg.** There are more than 10,000 DePuy ASR lawsuits pending across the United States, about 7,000 of which are consolidated for pretrial proceedings in multidistrict litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (MDL-2197). About 33,000 people in the United States and 93,000 worldwide have received the ASR implant, according to Bloomberg. Previous testimony from witnesses suggested that DePuy knew of the ASR’s faults several years before the 2010 recall.
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