It appears that Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics has reached what is widely believed to be the first settlements in cases brought by individuals who suffered severe injuries after being implanted with replacement hips from the company’s ASR line. The three plaintiffs included in the settlements all claimed that they were fitted with a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement device, which subsequently failed and required the need for painful revision surgery to correct. The plaintiffs stated that they suffered permanent injuries from the failed hips, and the lawsuit sought $20 million plus punitive damages.
DePuy Hip Lawsuit Update 11/13/13 – Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has agreed to pay over $4 billion to resolve more than 7,500 federal and state lawsuits over its DePuy hip replacement devices. All of the claims involve similar allegations that DePuy hip implants were defectively designed, resulting in adverse health complications including tissue damage, corrosion, metal ion poisoning (metallosis), and premature failure requiring the need for revision surgery. Click here to learn more.
Free DePuy Hip Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a DePuy hip, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the DePuy hip and we can help.
What’s the problem?
August 22, 2012 – The recent DePuy ASR hip settlements were the result of a joint lawsuit filed by Anneliese Rundle, Martha Bender, and Katherine Guy. The women’s suit was originally scheduled to be the first DePuy hip injury case to be presented to a jury in the United States later this year. Details surrounding the settlement agreement have not been made public, but it allows DePuy to avoid taking the case to trial in Nevada state court. A number of similar cases are scheduled to begin throughout next year.
In August 2010, a DePuy ASR hip recall was issued after the company acknowledged that approximately one out of every eight hips have the potential to fail within five years of being implanted. However, other data has suggested that fundamental design flaws may cause a far greater percentage of the devices to fail prematurely.
Around the country, approximately 6,000 ASR recipients have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy, alleging that the companies knew – or should have known – about the problems with the artificial hip’s design.
The DePuy ASR features a metal-on-metal chromium and cobalt ball-and-socket design. As the metal components rub against each other, tiny metallic particles may be shed into the body, resulting in a condition known as metallosis, which may cause the ASR to loosen or fail altogether.
All DePuy ASR lawsuits filed on the federal level have been consolidated for pretrial handling in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The first trial dates in the MDL are slated to begin in May and July of next year.
These early trial dates, known as bellwether trials, are common in complex litigation, where a large number of lawsuits have been filed involving similar allegations. The outcome of these cases is intended to allow parties to gauge how juries are likely to respond to evidence that is going to be presented in multiple cases.
Do I Have a DePuy Hip Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in DePuy hip lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free DePuy Hip Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a DePuy hip, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a DePuy hip injury suit and we can help.