Johnson & Johnson, and its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary, recently announced it is recalling parts used for hip replacements. At issue is the high rate of repeat surgeries needed by people who have received the parts. An estimated 93,000 people will be affected by this product recall. Affected hip replacement parts involved in the recall include the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Patients who reported problems in the first five years of the original hip implant and had revision surgery reported a variety of symptoms, including pain, swelling and problems walking. Other symptoms that may indicate a serious problem with the hip replacement parts include:
In an effort to limit its liability, DePuy has offered to reimburse patients with the DePuy implants for potential future surgical revisions in exchange for patients signing a consent form. However, consent forms signed by patients would allow DePuy to have access to the patients’ doctors and protected medical information, which DePuy would not otherwise have. It would also require that the implanted hip device be returned to DePuy in the event that a revision is necessary. Patients should be very cautious about such consent forms. It would be wise to seek a lawyer’s advice to fully understand what is at stake before signing.
Lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section are reviewing cases involving individuals who have had a DePuy hip device implanted. We will look at potential cases where an individual is unsure of the type of hip device implanted if the person has had revision surgery, or the person is experiencing hip pain, hip swelling, or difficulty walking. If you need more information on these claims, contact Navan Ward at 800-898-2034 or by email Navan.Ward@beasleyallen.com.
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