Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible and Accountable
DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, announced on Aug. 26, 2010, a nationwide DePuy hip recall of two ASR hip replacement systems it manufactures, the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. These artificial hips and joint replacement models contain design flaws stemming from too-shallow cups that do not properly house the ball associated with the joint replacements. This latest medical product recall for Johnson & Johnson affects all 93,000 devices that have been implanted since they became available for use in July 2003.
As a result of this design flaw, the metal parts have been known to scrape against one another. This is causing a wide variety of complications and the device is failing much earlier than the 20 years it is supposed to last. Doctors must remove and replace the device and the use of these specific models has been discontinued.
Helping Victims Affected by the DePuy Hip Recall Throughout the Memphis Tri-State Area
Since founding our firm in 1970, attorneys at Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, have been helping people get the compensation they deserve for injuries and other losses caused by negligent medical device manufacturers that do not adequately test a product before introducing it to the market or wait too long before issuing a recall. To put our experience and resources to work for you, all you need to do is call. For a free consultation, dial 901-526-2126 or contact us .
Symptoms and Side Effects You Might Be Experiencing
A medical device can affect every patient differently, but some of the common symptoms, side effects and complications that have been documented to result from a defective DePuy hip replacement include:
- Loosening and misalignment of the replacement hip
- Metal sensitivity/allergy
- Substantial loss of mobility
- Bone fractures
- Hip dislocation
Many people have also developed metallosis caused by microscopic metal shavings, which detach from the device and become “debris” that the body tries to attack. This can cause pain, infection, inflammation, bone or tissue loss and scarring.
Additionally, chromium or cobalt poisoning may occur and can cause additional complications such as:
- Hearing impairment
- Visual impairment
As part of the DePuy hip recall, Johnson & Johnson has announced that it intends to cover the reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment related to defective hip replacements. However, this is misleading because it requires an extensive claims process in which you also must provide access to your medical records and proof of the failed hip, which would otherwise be used as evidence in a hip replacement lawsuit against the company. Then, if all of these conditions are met, DePuy or Johnson & Johnson will pay only out-of-pocket expenses that are not covered by your insurance.
Knowledgeable Tennessee Hip Replacement Lawsuit Attorneys
Before you attempt this process and limit your opportunity to collect much needed and deserved compensation, speak with our skilled Memphis DePuy hip recall lawyers so we can explore your options and preserve your right to full and fair compensation. As a patient and a victim, you should be aware of your rights before contacting DePuy or Johnson & Johnson and before signing any claims, releases, settlements or other documents they present to you concerning the DePuy hip recall and you specific claim.
How We Are Here to Help
First and foremost, we know your physical recovery and your family’s well-being are what matter most right now. With one call to our firm, you can keep your focus on your recovery and your health and let our highly qualified team of attorneys focus on protecting your legal rights.
We will assess the full extent of your injuries and the true value of your claim using our extensive experience handling defective medical device claims. We can also advise you if it would be more advantageous to pursue your product liability claim individually or as part of a class action lawsuit.
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