DePuy Hip Implant Failures Lawsuits Update: Resource4thePeople Tracking Developments in Second Trial Involving Recalled Metal Implant Systems

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New cases are being reviewed by our lawyers investigating allegations of dangerous side effects associated with nationwide recall of ASR metal-on-metal devices. First DePuy trial results in $8.3 million verdict for plaintiff.

Resource4thePeople announced today that it will provide consumers with updates of the second important trial involving allegations that DePuy Orthopaedics metal-on-metal hip implant systems were defectively designed and that the company failed to warn patients of serious side effects that could be caused by the devices.

The most recent news is that that second trial* of over 10,000 lawsuits filed by patients who claimed they suffered significant health problems as a result of the failed systems is now underway.

The second trial involves allegations filed by Carol Strum, a 54-year-old Illinois nurse, who is asking a jury to find that she should be awarded damages over her claims that an ASR hip system manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy was defectively designed.

Strum’s lawyer told jurors that the metal-on-metal hip implant failed after three years and she had to undergo replace surgery because DePuy failed to warn of the risks of the ASR, which J&J recalled in August 2010.

In updating consumers who may have had a metal-on-metal hip implant, Resource4thePeople is reporting that Johnson & Johnson lost the first trial** over allegations that the ASR system was defective when, on March 8, a Los Angeles jury ruled that the ASR was defectively designed and awarded a Montana man $8.3 million.

“These are very important cases because they are at the forefront of over 10,000 lawsuits that have been filed against DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson over allegations that these ASR systems were defective and caused serious health problems for thousands of patients,” said Resource4thePeople.

“Because of the number of inquiries from consumers who may not have access to these trials we will continue to post updates about this litigation and other developments involving metal-on-metal hip implant problems on our web site.

“At the same time we are announcing that we will continue to provide free consultations by our lawyers for those who continue to contact us about their legal rights in regard to DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant failures.”

Resource4thePeople said that it is continuing to receive inquiries from patients who had the DePuy ASR systems implanted in their bodies about whether they are still eligible to file a lawsuit even though the first trial in the litigation is underway.

“The answer is yes, and those who wish to obtain a consultation with an experienced DePuy hip implant lawyer for an evaluation of what compensation and legal options may be available to them should use the following link,” said Resource4thePeople.

In Strum’s trial, Bloomberg News reported*** that her lawyer told jurors that the ASR design flaws caused it to shed chromium and metal debris into surrounding tissue.

The lawyer said that surgeons implanted a metal cup in the hip and a metal ball atop the femur that rotated inside the cup and that DePuy claimed its design would last longer than other products, according to the lawyer.

“Before Carol Strum ever had the ASR put into her body, DePuy knew that the design flaws in this defective device could cause it to shed those particles into patients, causing tissue death, causing high blood metal ion levels and the need for the serious and unnecessary second surgery,” Heard told jurors, according to the Bloomberg report.

In the Los Angeles trial, jurors awarded damages to Loren Kransky, a 65-year-old former prison guard who claimed he suffered serious health problems after an ASR system failed and metal debris was spread through his body, according to the court file.

Kransky had an ASR hip implanted in 2007 and was forced to have it replaced in 2012 after suffering pain and infections from the metal infecting his blood and nearby tissues, according to the court file.

In their court filings, Kransky’s lawyers filed allegations that DePuy was negligent because their research staff did not use a variety of angulations in testing the ASR metal cup and only tested one of several sizes.

Resource4thePeople also is announcing to consumers that it is compiling an information bank about the most recent medical research, news media articles and Food and Drug Administration recalls, safety warnings and health communications about metal-on-metal hip implant systems.

“The fact that 93,000 DePuy ASR units were recalled and that there are thousands of lawsuits filed by patients who claim they are victims of serious side effects means that there are a lot of people who may want centralized access to this information,” said Resource4thePeople.

“We note, for instance, that just recently Johnson & Johnson has initiated another recall of a second model of a metal hip component sold outside the United States.”

That recall was the subject of a Reuters News Service article that said that “J&J's DePuy unit told doctors in January that the Adept modular heads, a component used with its Adept metal-on-metal hip replacement device, should not be used after data showed that the devices were failing at a higher than expected rate, according to an emailed statement.”****

Reuters also reported in the article that Johnson & Johnson has reported to investors that it is reserving “more than $3 billion to cover costs for the ASR hip recall.”

*Strum v. DePuy, 2011-L-9352, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
**Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County (Los Angeles).

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