New York, New York (PRWEB) April 03, 2014
The New Jersey Superior Court Judge overseeing hundreds of DePuy ASR hip lawsuits (http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/DePuy/) has scheduled the litigation’s next monthly conference for April 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to court documents, at least 653 lawsuits have been filed in Bergen County Superior Court on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered serious and debilitating complications related to the DePuy ASR hip recall. (In Re DePuy ASR Hip Implants Litigation, BER-L-3971-11)
“Our Firm is representing numerous clients in DePuy ASR lawsuits. We continue to monitor this proceeding very closely,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to individuals who may have been harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants including those implants which were part of the 2010 DePuy ASR recall.
DePuy ASR Hip Recall
According to DePuy ASR hip lawsuits, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled ASR hips in August 2010 after the company received data that indicated the metal-on-metal devices were failing in 13% of recipients within just 5 years of implantation. Since then, more than 12, 000 claims have been filed in state and federal courts on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced metallosis, pseudotumor formation, chronic pain, premature hip failure, and other complications due to toxic metal ions shed from the device. The majority of those claims are now pending in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197)
On November 19, 2013, court records indicate that a DePuy ASR settlement proposal was announced in the federal proceeding that could resolve around 8,000 of the claims pending in state and federal courts around the country. The DePuy ASR settlement must be accepted by 94% of eligible plaintiffs before it can become final. Plaintiffs who do not wish to participate, or those who are not eligible, will still be permitted to pursue individual claims against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson. The Court designated April 1, 2014 as the final deadline for opting in or out of the DePuy ASR settlement.
If the DePuy ASR settlement is finalized, court documents indicate that plaintiffs eligible to participate will include those who underwent revision surgery to replace their ASR hip due to a recall-related reason prior to August 31, 2013. Eligible claimants would be entitled to a base award of $250,000. That award could be reduced, however, depending on certain other factors, including their prior medical history. Other circumstances could entitle plaintiffs to a supplemental award if they, for example, required multiple revision surgeries, or if they experience “certain extraordinary injuries” in the future.
DePuy ASR hip recipients may be entitled to compensation if they suffered complications related to its all-metal design. To learn more about filing a DePuy ASR lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For a free, no obligation case review, please call the Firm directly at 800-511-5092.
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