DePuy ASR Trial Update: Parker Waichman LLP Continues to Monitor Trial Developments, as Hip Patient Testifies that He Feared Revision Surgery Would Kill Him

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Loren Kransky, whose DePuy ASR lawsuit is the first of 10,000 to go to trial, recently testified that he was afraid his hip revision surgery would kill him; he told jurors in Los Angeles state court that he only went through the procedure because he was told that he was being poisoned by something in his body. Parker Waichman LLP offers commentary on these updates and continues to provide free legal consultation to patients implanted with metal-on-metal hip implants.

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The evidence suggests that Kransky, like thousands of other patients who received the DePuy ASR, suffered greatly from the toxic amounts of metal ions released by Johnson & Johnson’s all-metal hip replacement.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, recounts the latest news about the DePuy ASR trial currently underway in Los Angeles state court. The case being tried is Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County. The Plaintiff is Loren Kransky, a 65-year old retired corrections officer who alleges that his DePuy ASR hip implant caused toxic amounts of metal ions and other serious complications; Kransky’s lawsuit is the first of 10,000 to go to trial in the United States. According to a Bloomberg report published on February 19th, Kransky testified that he was afraid his hip revision surgery would kill him.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-20/j-j-hip-recipient-says-he-feared-surgery-would-kill-him.html

“The evidence suggests that Kransky, like thousands of other patients who received the DePuy ASR, suffered greatly from the toxic amounts of metal ions released by Johnson & Johnson’s all-metal hip replacement.” said Daniel C. Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP. Parker Waichman continues to offer free legal consultations to hip replacement patients implanted with the DePuy ASR, along with other all-metal hip devices. The firm advises hip replacement patients to speak with their surgeons if they experience symptoms such as:

  •     Pain
  •     Swelling
  •     Difficulty walking, or a change in your ability to walk
  •     Popping, creaking, or other sounds emanating from the area of the implant
  •     Metallosis, high levels of metal ions
  •     Early failure, revision surgery

Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 ASR hip implants worldwide in 2010 due to a reported failure rate of 12 percent in five years. More recent data from an Australian national registry, however, indicates that the metal-on-metal hip implants fail more than 40 percent of the time.

Patients who suffer from hip implant failure often must undergo revision surgery to remove the problematic device. Allegedly, this was the case for Kransky, who received the ASR in 2007. According to Bloomberg, Kransky testified that he feared for his life before undergoing the procedure to remove his hip implant. “I thought that surgery was going to kill me. I thought I was going to die,” Kransky said. He told jurors that he only agreed to the procedure because “I came to believe that I was going to have to do it because I was told that something in my body was poisoning me…I was told it could be the hip. I thought, ‘I’m going to die either way.’ One way would be slow and one would be fast. I took the lesser of two evils.”
In describing his hip complications, Kransky recalled feeling “a kind of stabbing type of pain. It was debilitating. I couldn’t do anything, couldn’t walk long distances.”

Bloomberg also reported that jurors heard a testimony from Paul Arnott, DePuy’s complaint and vigilance manager. Arnott stated that many reports of ASR revisions went to a University of Hamburg professor even though they were supposed to go to his department.

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of metal-on-metal hip implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced premature failure of your implant or other health problems associated with a metal-on-metal hip implant, please contact their office by visiting the firm's Defective Hip Implants page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
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(800) 529-4636
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