New Details Emerge About DePuy Hip President in Ongoing Trial; Metal Hip Attorney Jeff Nadrich Responds

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Personal injury lawyer Jeff Nadrich responds to the latest developments in the first DePuy artificial hip lawsuit underway, and specifically the testimony about the nature of the DePuy recall.

New details are coming to light in the ongoing trial* against DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The case involves a plaintiff, Loren Kransky, who is suing the pharmaceutical and medical device giant after experiencing severe complications from a metal-on-metal hip implant. This case has been widely documented in publications like Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal, and now The New York Times is shedding light on an emerging controversy surrounding the president of the DePuy division.

The Times article points out that Andrew Ekdahl—who now heads DePuy—has recently been offering his testimony in the first of 10,000 planned DePuy lawsuits. Ekdahl was given the position in 2011 in a move that J&J called “a fresh start,” but this trial has revealed that Ekdahl had in fact supervised the device’s introduction in the United States and had known about the dangers three years earlier.

Furthermore, the Times asked the company it had promoted Ekdahl during such a contentious period, and, DePuy spokeswoman Lorie Gawreluk responded that the company “seeks the most accomplished and competent people for the job.”

In a videotaped testimony, Ekdahl denied that the ASR implant was recalled due to safety issues. Instead, he argued that it was recalled “because it did not meet the clinical standards we wanted in the marketplace.” But Jeff Nadrich, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney, disagrees.

Accordingly to Nadrich, “the true reasons are that these hip implants have a very high early failure rate in many patients, which includes smaller people, typically women and patients who have weak bones. These implants also can shed particles into the patient causing serious, painful reactions, causing an additional surgery.”

Nadrich has worked with numerous individuals suffering from DePuy hip complications, and has been warning about the associated dangers since before the lawsuits began, and even before the ASR hip implant was recalled. Nadrich urges anyone who has experienced DePuy hip complications to consult their physician at once.

About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.

*LASC case no. BC456086 in Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

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