DePuy and Johnson & Johnson only recalled the ASR hip implants after reports found that the DePuy hip implants were more than twice as likely to fail than other brands.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 28, 2011
Patients who have suffered pain or other injuries caused by faulty DePuy hip replacements may still be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their injuries, says Hissey Kientz, LLP. DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, recalled approximately 93,000 of the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System devices in August 2010 due to a higher-than-expected rate of revision surgery.
DePuy patients who have experienced DePuy ASR hip replacement problems have reported pain, discomfort, loosening, fractures, dislocation and debris from the metal-on-metal ball and cup design of the implants. Patients who underwent hip replacement surgery after July 2003 have been advised to speak with their surgeon to determine whether they received an ASR hip implant.
A DePuy recall for the two devices was issued by Australian health officials in December 2009 due to the high rate of failure observed with the ASR implants. However, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson only recalled the ASR hip implants in the U.S. eight months later when reports from Britain found that the DePuy hip implants were more than twice as likely to fail than other hip replacement brands. British health officials found that the ASR DePuy hip implants failed within five years of implantation in 12-13% of patients, compared to the 5% expected failure rate for artificial hip replacements.
Although DePuy lawsuits have already been filed by numerous patients who suffered pain or other hip replacement problems, individuals with a recalled DePuy implant may still be eligible to file a case. To speak with an attorney and find out if you may be eligible, contact the DePuy hip replacement lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling 1-866-275-4454, or by visiting us online at http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawyers.com/.