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DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Could Affect Thousands

In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics (a division of Johnson & Johnson) recalled two of its popular hip replacement systems – the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System – due to a higher-than-normal failure rate of the devices.  Since the recall, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts throughout the country, and they number of lawsuits is expected to rise.

In December 2010, the federal cases pending throughout the country were transferred to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio before Judge David Katz as part of multi-district litigation.  The federal process of multi-district litigation merges the complex cases for pre-trial discovery and fact-finding purposes and, assuming the cases do not settle, will separate the cases after discovery has concluded and allow them to proceed to trial in the court in which they were originally filed.

The recalled hip replacement systems have been used in more than 93,000 hip replacements since they were approved in 2004, but in the past two years, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has received more than 300 complaints regarding the devices, including loose hip cups, hip dislocations, bone fractures, pseudotumors from metal debris, allergic reactions and permanent muscle and tissue damage.

Hip replacement systems are generally expected to last up to 15 years, but the DePuy implant systems have been failing after just two to three years.  Reports indicate that, in the five years following implantation, 12% of patients who received the ASR resurfacing device, and 13% of patients who received the ASR total replacement system, have required a subsequent hip replacement surgery to correct the medical problems caused by the ASR system.

Problems with the hip replacement systems may be the result of a cup on the DePuy ASR hip implant that is too shallow, leading to improper implantation and other medical complications.  Many patients affected by the defective hip replacement system are senior citizens in nursing homes.

The Chicago product liability and medical malpractice attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are dedicated to protecting victims of personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability claims.  If you or a loved one has received a DePuy hip replacement system, contact one of our skilled Illinois product liability attorneys to discuss a possible personal injury or product liability claim.

Steinberg, Goodman, & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.