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Thousands of people implanted with DePuy’s ASR or Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants filed lawsuits against the device manufacturer after they endured painful complications from the devices. DePuy’s costs are estimated to be $4 billion.
Loren Kransky was the first plaintiff to take his ASR case to a jury. After the five-week trial in California state court in March 2013, Los Angeles jurors ruled in his favor, found the ASR was defective in design and awarded him $8.3 million for his injuries.
Annelise Rundle, Martha Bender and Katherine Guy had ASR implants and suffered complications leading them to file lawsuits in Las Vegas. The three women were forced to have revision surgery. J&J paid them $200,000 each for their injuries.
In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle 7,500 ASR hip replacement lawsuits for about $250,000 per claim. According to a report from Bloomberg, the settlement could exceed $4 billion.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, agreed to two settlements to compensate people injured by the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System or the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The company agreed to the first settlement in November 2013 and set aside about $4 billion to settle thousands of claims. According to court documents, this settlement includes plaintiffs who had revision surgery prior to August 31, 2013.
In March 2015, DePuy agreed to an additional round two settlement of $420 million to settle roughly 1,400 more claims. This agreement compensates ASR patients U.S. who had revision surgery between August 31, 2013 and January 31, 2015. The deadline to participate in this settlement was May 1, 2015. But, DePuy may still be reviewing claims.
Revision surgery is more complex and dangerous than the initial hip replacement surgery and can cost thousands more. A lawsuit may help pay for treatment and lost time from work.
Some patients continue to struggle with mobility and cannot enjoy activities they used to participate in. Even something as simple as going to the bathroom can be an ordeal.
Injuries from a faulty DePuy or Pinnacle hip can also damage the relationship between spouses and deprive a husband or wife of companionship and comfort. These damages are also included in a lawsuit.
Talk to your lawyer first and avoid signing any waivers, as doing so may injure your case.
DePuy representatives may solicit information about your case over a helpline or by contacting you. Only talk to your lawyer.
This includes your faulty hip implant and medical records. If you have revision surgery, ask to keep your implant following surgery.
Make sure revision surgery is necessary. You should speak to more than one doctor, if necessary.
Remember that DePuy may pay your doctor for help. Your attorney can help protect your legal rights while you seek medical care.
Peggy Jean Autry of Nashville, Tenn., filed her lawsuit against DePuy in 2011, the same year she underwent revision surgery to remove the faulty DePuy implant. Autry had her ASR implanted in 2008 and suffered from "debilitating pain and weakness; significant inhibitions of her ability to walk and move; elevated blood levels of chromium and cobalt; and anxiety, fear, mental anguish and other emotional and physical damages."
Michael J. Assad of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against DePuy after the Pinnacle hip he received failed and he required revision surgery. He claimed DePuy knew its hip had "abnormally high risks of early failure, and that it generated unusual and dangerous levels of metal debris" in patients' bodies, along with other complications. He accuses DePuy of concealing the problems with the Pinnacle hip, as well as negligence.
|The complaints allege DePuy is guilty of several counts of negligence, including:|
|Failure to warn|
|Gross negligence and malice|
|Willfully concealing the problems of the implant from the general public|