DePuy hip replacement litigation

February 10, 2011 @ 08:09 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christidefective medical device lawyer, I am closely following the DePuy hip replacement litigation. In September of 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. recalled its ASR Hip Replacement Systems. The recall followed numerous reports of a much higher than reasonably acceptable failure rate. Patients were often having to have another hip replacement surgery within five years. It is believed that the DePuy ASR hip systems have been put in approximately 93,000 individuals. This DePuy ASR hip systems recall will only affect those persons who had hip surgery after July of 2003. Unfortunately, many thousands of individuals have already reported experiencing numerous DePuy ASR hip systems problems. These problems have included swelling, serious or constant and a loosening or dislocation of the DePuy ASR hip systems implant.

As a Corpus Christi DePuy lawyer, I understand the frustrations of this problem. The maker of the DePuy ASR hip systems has recommended those persons who have had this hip replacement surgery to get in touch with the surgeon or the hospital which did the operation in order to figure out whether the hip replacement which was implanted was one which was part of the 2010 DePuy recall. As part of the recall, all components of the ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform from DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. are included.

According to Johnson & Johnson’s (the parent company of DePuy) fourth-quarter report, they took an after-tax charge of $922 million. This charge will be for potential litigation settlements, the recall of the DePuy implants, an increase of the Johnson & Johnson’s liability reserve, and various other costs linked to the hip recall.

Plaintiffs have asserted that DePuy received various complaints about the hip replacements in 2007, but waited until 2010 to actually issue the recall. Although J & J has put aside $922 million for the litigation related to the DePuy hip replacement devices, the company might very well pay out more than that total.

Contact Corpus Christi defective medical device attorney Scott Nelson if you need an attorney to assist you in this litigation.