Parker Waichman LLP Weighs-In on Second DePuy ASR Trial Taking Place in Chicago, Opening Statements Scheduled for Today

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The second DePuy ASR lawsuit is going to trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County Chicago, where jurors will hear the opening statements about a lawsuit by Carol Strum. Strum’s lawsuit, like over 10,000 others that have been filed in the US, alleges that the DePuy ASR hip implant is defective and that the company failed to warn about the risks.

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Hopefully, jurors will see that Johnson & Johnson designed the DePuy ASR defectively and put thousands of people at risk for injury

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, is weighing-in on the second DePuy ASR lawsuit to go to trial. According to a Bloomberg report published on March 11th, jurors in Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago will hear opening statements today to weigh the lawsuit of Carol Strum. The second trial comes soon after Johnson & Johnson lost an $8.3 million verdict in Los Angeles. The case going to trial is Strum v. DePuy, 2011-L-9352, Circuit Court of Cook County (Chicago).

“Hopefully, jurors will see that Johnson & Johnson designed the DePuy ASR defectively and put thousands of people at risk for injury,” said Daniel C. Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP. Mr. Burke says that the alleged flaws of the DePuy ASR are a prime example of why metal-on-metal hip implants are dangerous as a class of medical devices. Parker Waichman LLP has continued to offer free legal advice to patients implanted with such devices, and advises patients to speak with their doctors if they experience any symptoms of complications, such as:

  •         Metallosis, high levels of metal ions
  •         Early failure, revision surgery
  •         Pain
  •         Swelling
  •         Difficulty walking, or a change in your ability to walk

Bloomberg reports that today, jurors will hear the opening arguments in the trial over a lawsuit by Carol Strum, a 54-year old nurse from Illinois. Strum’s lawsuit is the second of 10,750 to go to trial; she alleges that DePuy Orthopaedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson defectively designed the metal-on-metal hip implant and failed to warn about the risks. Strum was implanted with the ASR in January 2008. Her lawsuit alleges that she developed high levels of cobalt and chromium ions and had her hip revised in January 2011, Bloomberg reports.

Johnson & Johnson recalled 93,000 DePuy ASR hips in 2010, according to Bloomberg. At the time, the company said that the implants failed in 12 percent of patients in five years. In Australia, failure rates have exceeded 40 percent seven years. Lawsuits filed over the recalled device allege that it sheds toxic amounts of metal ions, causing complications and the need for revision surgery.

J&J recently lost the first DePuy ASR trial in Los Angeles; the case was Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County (Los Angeles). Jurors ruled that the company was negligent with regards to the all-metal hip implant and awarded a verdict of $8.3 million to Plaintiff Loren Kransky.

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of DePuy ASR and other 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 recalled DePuy ASR Hip Implant or other metal-on-metal hip implant, please contact their office by visiting the firm's DePuy ASR hip implant injury page at Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

For more information regarding defective hip implant lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
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