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DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Statistics reveal that approximately half a million Americans have received hip replacement surgery, while many more have received metal-on-metal hip implant systems including DePuy ASR hip implants manufactured by Johnson and Johnson. AsR stands for articular surface replacements, which are designed to replace a damaged or diseased hip. In 2005, Johnson and Johnson was given clearance by the FDA to market the ASR devices without performing clinical trials, which resulted in the hip replacement systems which were designed to alleviate pain in patients actually increasing the amount of pain that was experienced. Unfortunately, these hip implants have been the subject of a massive DePuy ASR settlements for patients who underwent a hip revision surgery after March 2015. For patients who have been harmed by hip replacements, it is a wise idea to contact a knowledgeable Atlanta medical device lawyer today.

The Symptoms of Defective Hip Replacements

In some cases, patients require another surgery if a hip replacement system is defective. Metal-on-metal hip replacement products are a significant risk because metal can wear off from the device and enter the bloodstream of a person. Some of the signs that a person has a defective hip replacement system include:

  • Affected mobility including a limp.
  • Cardiac problems.
  • Fatigue.
  • Hip failures.
  • Kidney issues.
  • Loosening of the hip implant.
  • Metal toxicity. As a result, it is recommended that individuals who have ASR hip replacements obtain blood test, which can help determine if that person has a high level of metal debris in the body.
  • Pain or discomfort while walking.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Swelling at or near the hip joint.
  • Thyroid problems.
  • Weakness or numbness.
  • Weight gain.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, but are unsure of whether you have a case, an experienced Atlanta medical device lawyer can help.

Recall of Depuy ASR

In 2010, DePuy tooks steps to withdraw its medical devices after reports revealed that 12 to 13 percent of patients who received the ASR XL Acetabular System and/or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System required corrective surgery within five years. Many of these patients were forced to have costly and painful corrective surgeries as a result. This recall was based on statistics that showed within five years, one in eight patients required a revision surgery when the artificial joint failed to properly fit.

Because medical device manufacturers have a duty to the public when knowledge about a product’s defects arises, these companies are liable for injuries caused by these defects when the product is used as intended. A person is not required to show that a manufacturer was negligent under strict liability rules. As a result, patients who have been harmed by DePuy products are often able to obtain compensation.

Obtain the Assistance of a Medical Device Attorney Serving Atlanta

While patients who had recalled ASR hips likely receive a letter about their hip’s defective nature, patients are still at risk of having hip replacement systems recalled even if they did not receive a letter. If you or a loved one is harmed in such a way, it is a wise idea to contact a knowledgeable medical device attorney in Atlanta today. Our legal counsel understands how to best protect your rights and can make sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner.

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