St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) November 13, 2013
As news of a settlement in the DePuy ASR Products Liability Litigation broke yesterday, the hip recall lawyers at The Onder Law Firm began to receive calls from individuals with DePuy ASR hip replacement systems asking if they are still eligible to file a claim. The $4 billion hip recall settlement reported by Bloomberg.com* on November 12 is the largest settlement ever reached in the US for a medical device.
Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will pay $4 billion to settle more than 7,500 lawsuits. The deal, as reported by the New York Times** on November 13, will result in a payment of roughly $350,000 per surgery to each plaintiff whose artificial hip failed and required revision, or replacement, surgery. Additional lawsuits have been filed by persons with the recalled hip replacement systems that have not failed to the point of requiring a revision surgery, which will be part of a secondary settlement.
As reported in the Bloomberg article, additionally, and of particular importance to potentially thousands of people, persons with the DePuy ASR hip replacement systems subject to the recall who are required to undergo a revision surgery in the future, as well as those already having had a revisions surgery who have not yet made a claim, will still be eligible to seek compensation.
The lawsuits resulting from the DePuy hip recall were consolidated into the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio). The recall occurred in August 2010, with DePuy recalling 93,000 ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement systems worldwide.* Bloomberg reported that these models, which were originally marketed as having a 20-year life span and offering a greater range of motion, proved to have a significant failure rate within the first 5 years. DePuy's own internal data reflects a 37% failure rate within 4.6 years.
The 12,000 lawsuits filed by those with the recalled hip replacement systems represent a small portion of those with the recalled hips, even less than the number statistically likely to have already failed. These models were first used in the United States in 2005. The news of a settlement in this lawsuit brings welcome relief to the thousands who suffered pain, dislocations and additional surgeries and rehabilitation.
The Onder Law Firm continues to provide consultations to those who would like to file a claim and offers complete information about the recall at http://www.depuyhiprecalllawyers.com.
About The Onder Law Firm
Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation. The Onder Law Firm offers information pertaining to the DePuy Hip Recall at http://www.depuyhiprecalllawyers.com.
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