(PRWEB) January 22, 2013
The Rottenstein Law Group is closely watching reports that Johnson & Johnson could offer DePuy hip replacement recall lawsuit settlements totaling more than $2 billion.
Johnson & Johnson faces more than 10,000 lawsuits over its DePuy ASR hip replacement, a metal-on-metal implant, according to Bloomberg. This means an average settlement of about $200,000.
“The news that Johnson & Johnson is looking to settle is encouraging, but DePuy hip replacement recipients should be cautious before entering into any settlement,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group. “A victim should always consult a lawyer to ensure he or she receives the most possible compensation.”
The settlement talks do not mean an end to DePuy ASR trials, though, according to Bloomberg. The first DePuy ASR trial began on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court (In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al., BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court). More than 7,000 cases have been consolidated into a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL-2197) in the United States Circuit Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The first federal trials are scheduled to occur in March and July. Other cases are pending in various state courts across the nation.
In 2010, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy recalled all 93,000 ASR hip implants worldwide, including more than 37,000 in the United States, amid reports of a more than 12 percent failure rate after five years, according to Bloomberg. The company reported that it had spent about $800 million on Depuy ASR hip replacement recalls in the last two years, according to Bloomberg.
Among the DePuy ASR side effects over which recipients have sued include pain, the high rate of device failure and need for corrective surgery and metallosis, which occurs when metal flakes enter the bloodstream and poison the body, according to Bloomberg.
The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a Website at http://www.depuyhiprecall.us that provides updates on the DePuy recall and information about the device’s side effects and tips on the next steps in process toward evaluating whether DePuy ASR hip replacement recipients should file a lawsuit.
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