St. Louis, MO (Vocus) October 22, 2010
The Onder Law Firm, a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country, extended an offer to provide legal assistance to persons having suffered or suffering from the most severe complications associated with the DePuy ASR line of hip replacement systems and immediately received hundreds of inquiries from persons having undergone a hip replacement procedure. To better explain the hip recall, symptoms of a defective hip replacement system and the hip recall process, the firm launched its DePuy hip recall lawyers web site, which details exactly which hip replacement systems have been recalled and when those surgeries would have taken place as well as answers to the most frequently asked DePuy hip recall questions. The web site has now provided DePuy hip recall information to over 4,500 people and continues to provide answers to hundreds more each day.
Although the attorneys at the firm are all experienced trial lawyers, having handled more cases involving injury and death to infants and children from window blind cords than any other law firm in the country, they were particularly struck by the ordeals that many of those contacting them regarding the DePuy hip recall have been through. Some have encountered problems so severe that three hip replacement surgeries were required for the same hip, with all three using the recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement system, and will now require yet another hip revision surgery. In other cases, young patients suffering from traumatic injury that required both hip joints be replaced had the DePuy ASR hip replacement implanted in them, then experienced problems so severe that those hip replacements had to be replaced within 2 years and are now facing the prospects of a third dual hip replacement procedure and the lengthy rehabilitation required. Many have expressed anger over the months lost from their lives due what they now feel may have been unnecessary surgeries that could have been avoided by using another hip replacement system. Being left at the hands of an insurance claims adjuster, instead of a medical professional, many are now turning to a DePuy hip recall lawyer for answers.
Most recently, people are expressing concerns about the elevated cobalt and chromium in their blood, since these are known cancer causing agents, and the actual dangers they may be facing. British medical professionals have voiced ongoing criticisms about metal-on-metal bearings classes of hip replacement systems and their potential to release metallic debris damaging surrounding tissue, leading to serious complications. The DePuy hip recall was initiated after a study by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed roughly 1 in 8 of the hip replacement systems to fail within 5 years. Blood tests appear to be a leading part of most follow-ups since the recall.
“We just want to help those that have really suffered from this DePuy hip recall, whether that be recovering damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering or just making sure people with the recalled hip replacement get the medical treatment and answers they deserve ” says Jim Onder, founding partner at Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is offering to pay for deductibles and co-pays as part of early settlements. Persons with the DePuy ASR hip replacement system are entitled to far more than co-pays and deductibles. They are entitled to real compensation, including not only medical bills, but lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and for the accelerated need for future hip replacements. When speaking with the firm’s DePuy hip recall lawyers about these issues, most have stated that their concerns have gone mostly unanswered by DePuy’s insurance claims adjusters.
The attorneys at Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson are offering free legal consultation with a DePuy hip recall lawyer to all persons who have had a hip replacement with the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System. The Onder Law Firm’s mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson have 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.