In the first major DePuy hip replacement trial, a jury has ordered faulty device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson to pay a Montana man $8.3 million in compensatory damages. The seriousness of failing hip replacements is real—and so are the over 10,000 lawsuits pending against the maker of this dangerous implant.
The defective device at the center of controversy is the all-metal DePuy Articular Surface Replacement artificial hip, or ASR XL, which was recalled after patients reported side effects including metal poisoning, pain, swelling and limping following implantation. In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled over 90,000 DePuy devices after concluding that 12 percent failed in the first five years.
If you or a loved one has experienced complications related to a DePuy hip, it’s time to act and join thousands of people around the country who are holding Johnson & Johnson accountable for negligence. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo are actively working on DePuy cases. Yours could be next.
The Risks of Artificial Hip Implants
Hip replacement surgery is a serious orthopedic procedure that thousands of Americans undergo each year. Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the tip of the femur and the hip socket in the pelvis with an artificial hip and joint.
Hip replacement surgery is generally accompanied by six or more months of recovery, which can include numerous doctor check-ups and painful rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Unfortunately, like any product, a medical device can be defective. When a defective product is used during hip replacement surgery, the results can mean months of painful recovery, which may lead to a dysfunctional hip or an additional surgery to replace the defective medical product.
If the hip replacement device used in your surgery was defective, then it can mean that all the recovery efforts you made were for nothing because the defective product will need to be removed and replaced.
What Constitutes a Hip Replacement Defect?
Hip replacement devices can be defective for a number of different reasons. For instance, the Sulzer hip replacement device was recalled because it was found that the oil used in the product was defective, preventing the product from fusing to the natural bone.
Whether there is a manufacturing defect, assembling defect, design defect, or implantation defect, having to replace a defective medical device can put you at risk for unneeded complications and cause you to suffer additional pain and rehabilitation.