DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled two of its metal-on-metal hip replacement systems - the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System - in August 2010 due to high failure rates. If you're one of the 93,000 Americans who received a DePuy hip replacement, it's important to understand what the recall means to you.
Why Did DePuy Recall Its ASR Products
The DePuy hip recall occurred on August 26th 2010 after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received hundreds of complaints from angry DePuy hip implant patients whose ASR hip implant devices failed shortly after surgery or caused them problems such as severe inflammation, pain in the groin, tissue death in the hip joint and loss of surrounding bone. Some of those injuries may have been caused by metal toxicity from debris generated from metal-on-metal wear - a condition which British studies reported on earlier in 2010. It is estimated that 12% of DePuy hip implant patients may need to undergo additional hip replacement surgery within just five years - an unacceptable percentage by any standard.
What Are DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits Alleging
The recall has prompted hundreds of DePuy hip lawsuits alleging that the company knew about high failure rates and metal toxicity issues long before it initiated the recall and failed to warn patients about DePuy hip replacement side effects, injuries and the need to undergo another painful, time-consuming and expensive surgery. Thousands of lawsuits are expected to be filed and DePuy has already agreed to consolidate lawsuits into multi-district litigation (MDL) - a legal procedure which looks at common facts among litigants.
What Should You Do If You've Been Injured By A DePuy ASR Hip Implant
If you've been injured by a DePuy hip replacement system, contact a DePuy hip recall attorney to discuss your injuries and legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries including past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering - as well as medical monitoring for metal toxicity.
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