New York, NY (PRWEB) August 23, 2011
On August 21, 2011, Reuters News reported on Johnson & Johnson’s novel approach to limit its financial liability and mitigate damages in response to last year’s recall of its DePuy ASR metal on metal hip replacements. Specifically, the article addressed the motivation behind Johnson & Johnson’s decision to hire Broadspire Services Inc. to handle claims made by those implanted with the defective DePuy ASR metal on metal hip replacements. Aubie Brennan, one of Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s clients who received two DePuy ASR hip replacements, provided a personal account to Reuters News for the report. The Reuters report noted that following the recall, Brennan was advised that he would have to undergo revision surgery to remove both metal on metal hip replacements. Initially, Brennan turned to Broadspire for reimbursement. However, Broadspire would not agree in advance to cover the cost of his surgery. Rather, Broadspire informed Brennan that his “only option would be to pay for the surgery himself. Then he would have to submit the doctor’s report to Broadspire, whose physicians would review the case and make a decision on whether the procedure had been necessary.” The cost of Brennan’s surgery was $43,467 – he could not afford to pay that amount or take the risk that Broadspire would decline coverage. Brennan’s experience is an example of why many are criticizing DePuy’s actions in the wake of last year’s recall. As noted in the article, “To critics, DePuy’s handling of its hip implant recall is designed to save money by potentially settling claims with patients before they fully understand their legal rights, or the likely cost of their hip-related medical costs in the future.”
Since DePuy was forced to recall the defective ASR metal on metal hip implants in August 2010, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has provided a wealth of consumer information concerning both the Pinnacle and ASR hip systems on its website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com. If you or a loved one have had hip replacement surgery and have been implanted with a defective DePuy metal on metal hip, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries.
For more information about filing a DePuy metal on metal hip recall lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at info(at)consumerinjurylawyers(dot)com.
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