According to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek, J&J issued the recall following reports that the ASR hip implant failed in more than 12 percent of patients within five years.
(PRWEB) January 09, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, reports that DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is facing over 10,000 lawsuits alleging that the DePuy ASR hip implant caused injuries in patients implanted with the metal-on-metal device. In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 ASR hips worldwide, including 37,000 units in the United States. According to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek, J&J issued the recall following reports that the ASR hip implant failed in more than 12 percent of patients within five years. Parker Waichman LLP is continuing to offer free, no-obligation legal advice to patients who believe they were injured by the DePuy ASR and other types of metal-on-metal hip implants.
Bloomberg reports that, according to a November filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, there were 10,100 DePuy ASR lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson as of September. Most of these suits have been filed in federal court as part of the DePuy ASR multidistrict litigation, which is entitled In re: DePuy Orthopedics Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (10-MD-2197). The proceedings are centralized before U.S. District Judge David Katz in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Toledo). While Johnson & Johnson would not estimate product liability costs, the company said in January 2012 that it spent approximately $800 million on the ASR hip recall. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, many suits allege that the cobalt and chromium debris from the implants causes tissue death and elevate the levels of metal ions in the blood.
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).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney