Assuming the DePuy settlement obtains the support required, there will be some resolution for those who have suffered as a result of their hip implants.
(PRWEB) November 19, 2013
Following a special court conference on Nov. 19, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics were expected to announce a DePuy settlement agreement to resolve about 8,000 ASR hip lawsuits, according to a Nov. 19 New York Times article. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which operates the DePuy settlements informational website http://www.depuysettlements.com, notes that the final agreement reportedly means a settlement value of $2.5 billion with additional money set aside for J&J to cover medical costs.
The settlement would mean about $250,000 on average for each claim against J&J, according to the Times report.* To qualify for the settlement and additional potential medical expense reimbursement, a plaintiff would have had to have his or her metal-on-metal ASR hip implant removed and replaced with another implant (also known as “revision surgery”), according to the Times. The ultimate settlement amount for a plaintiff is contingent on a number of factors including how long a patient was implanted with the ASR.
In order for the settlement to move forward, 94 percent of the plaintiffs in thousands of lawsuits must approve of it, the Times said.
“Assuming the DePuy settlement obtains the support required, there will be some resolution for those who have suffered as a result of their hip implants,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “The seemingly changing total dollar amount is not what’s important, as long as the victims receive individual awards that are satisfactory. When all victims have been fairly compensated, we’ll know what the total payout has been.”
Of the about 12,000 ASR lawsuits pending in state and federal court, the settlement covers about 8,000 which involve those who have undergone revision surgery. The remaining are not covered unless those plaintiffs also require revision surgery, the Times said.
In 2010 Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 hip implants, including 37,000 in the U.S., according to the Times.
The Rottenstein Law Group LLP encourages those who believe they have suffered from the ASR’s alleged side effects to visit its FAQ page to learn more about DePuy hip lawsuits, settlements and side effects, and how to contact an attorney for a free consultation.
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