DePuy Hip Replacement Cases
Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers Helping Injury Victims
Individuals who have had hip replacement surgery using DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement products could be at risk of needing follow-up surgeries and suffering from other adverse effects. DePuy Orthopaedics issued a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and its ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System in August 2010 after the company received new data showing that a higher number of patients than was previously reported needed a second surgery (or a "revision surgery"), according to the company's website.
This involves replacing the existing hip implant with a new one. According to Dow Jones Newswires (published by Fox Business), about 10,750 product liability claims had been filed against DePuy (a unit of Johnson & Johnson) by April 2013. More than 93,000 ASR hip implants had been sold worldwide by the time the recall was issued.
If you received a faulty hip replacement product from DePuy that required you to obtain follow-up surgery, you were likely subject to expensive medical costs and other financial burdens. It is also likely that you suffered pain and discomfort due to the product. It is important to understand that there are ways to recover your financial losses.
By working with one of our experienced Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, you can receive step-by-step guidance through the claims or litigation process. We know that product manufacturers and insurance companies can often be difficult to work with in these types of cases, so we are here to aggressively advocate on your behalf.
Scope of Affected Patients
According to DePuy, the recall was sparked by 2010 data from an independent national registry in the UK. The data showed that 12% of patients who had an ASR resurfacing device implanted had to have revision surgery within five years. The percentage of patients who had an ASR total hip device replacement implanted and who had to have revision surgery within five years was 13%.
These percentages did not reflect data that previously been reported to the company, which led to the recall action. Patients who reported needing revision surgery also reported that they experienced various types of symptoms, including pain, swelling and problems with walking. The recalled ASR devices became commercially available starting in December 2005.
FDA Warning About Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has identified metal-on-metal hip implants as having addition risks beyond the general risks that all hip implants pose. This is because it is possible for metal ions (such as chromium and cobalt) to get into the blood stream due to tiny metal particles wearing off of the device. It is also possible for metal particles from the implant to damage surrounding bone or tissue, an effect that is sometimes called "adverse local tissue reaction" (ALTR) or "adverse reaction to metal debris" (ARMD).
As a result, patients can suffer from problems such as pain, failure of the device, loosening of the implant or a need for a second surgery (including those that are carried out sooner than usual), according to the agency. In some cases, patients who have received metal-on-metal him implants have also suffered from other types of symptoms that are not related to the hip area, including neurological changes (such as visual impairments), renal function impairment, thyroid dysfunction and other symptoms.
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit for Compensation
DePuy has announced that it is working with affected patients to cover certain out-of-pocket expenses caused by the recall and the defective hip replacement products. Some of these expenses include deductible expenses, co-pays, travel expenses and lost income.
Yet, even with this the company working to take corrective action, there might be times in which an affected patient is not offered the appropriate level of compensation, or the individual is unfairly denied a claim settlement. If you are in this situation, our personal injury lawyers can help you negotiate for a better settlement amount or take the case to court, if needed.
With more than three decades of collective legal experience, we are fully equipped to provide you with the hard-hitting legal representation you need. Contact the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote today!