Information About Legal Rights Pertaining to DePuy Hip Replacements
DuPuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, issued a recall of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System hip implants in August 2010 due to an increased rate of “revision surgery” compared to similar devices. Only DePuy’s acetabular system is approved for sale in the United States.
A press release announcing the DePuy recall stated that one out of eight patients who received a DePuy hip replacement required surgery to repair or replace the device within five years. According to DePuy, the accepted rate of failure in hip replacement devices is 5%—less than that of the failure rate for the recalled DePuy hip implants.
Patients who required surgery to correct problems with DePuy hip replacements have experienced symptoms including hip pain, hip swelling and walking problems. These symptoms can be caused by a number of potential problems with the device, including loosening, loose metal debris, bone fractures and device dislocation.
Several patients who experienced problems with their hip replacements have filed lawsuits against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson. These lawsuits have alleged that the devices are defective and that the companies knew about problems with DePuy hip replacements for two years before the recall was issued.
If you or a loved one have experienced problems with a DePuy hip implant, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out a free case evaluation form on the right of this page.