Depuy Hip Implant Recall Spurs Investigations

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Patients that received a DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular System or a DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System might be eligible for compensation, says Kiesel, Boucher Larson LLP.

Since the recall of two DePuy hip implants in August 2010, claims against DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson company, have been on the rise. Kiesel, Boucher Larson LLP, a litigation firm, is sponsoring DepuyHipImplantRecall.org, an online resource that aims to provide useful information about the potential risks of the recalled hip implants.

According to Kiesel, Boucher Larson LLP, patients who have received a defective DePuy hip implant might be eligible to file a DePuy hip implant lawsuit. Lawsuits would seek compensation for present and future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
DePuy recalled the ASR™ XL Acetabular System and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing systems after discovering that they were failing at a higher than normal rate and putting patients at risk of severe pain and hip dislocations that would require revision surgery.

According to the recall, the implants were failing at a rate of 12 to 13 percent in as few as 5 years after implantation. Hip implants are usually expected to last at least 15 years.

When a hip implant fails it causes severe pain, swelling in the hip, groin and/or lower back and difficulty walking and standing. Revision surgery is required to fix or replace the failed implant.

In addition to early failure rates, patients might also be at risk of suffering from the metal-on-metal designs. In May 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered makers of metal-on-metal hip implants to conduct studies to determine whether the implants are shedding dangerous levels of metallic debris into patients’ bloodstreams.

According to the FDA, some patients have already alleged disabling injuries from the metal debris, including soft tissue damage. Metal-on-metal hip implants refer to implants in which the ball and socket components are made from cobalt, chromium or other metals. Metal-on-metal hip systems have been widely used in the U.S. and have accounted for approximately one-third of the systems used in recent years.

According to the agency, as the metal components rub against each other, tiny metal ions could be released into the bloodstream and cause injuries, including possible effects on the heart, nervous system and thyroid gland.

If the FDA finds that the metal-on-metal design poses a high risk of injury to patients, thousands of patients could be at risk. Patients that have not experienced problems with early hip implant failures might be at risk of other injuries.

DepuyHipImplantRecall.org is an online resource that provides information and resources for individuals that have suffered injuries as a result of an artificial hip. It was created to spread awareness about the DePuy hip implant recall and to help affected patients seek and obtain compensation for the cost of revision surgery, lost wages and pain and suffering.

For more information about pursuing a DePuy hip implant lawsuit, or to schedule a private and FREE consultation with a hip implant lawyer, please call 1-800-407-8416.

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