ASR Hip Recall Lawsuit

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ASR Hip Recall Lawsuits

DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, issued a world-wide recall of ASR hip replacement systems on August 26, 2010. The recall includes two products:

  • ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System
  • ASR™ XL Acetabular System

A large number of ASR hip replacements have been found to be defective or have failed completely. Many people who have received defective ASR hip replacements have been forced to endure painful second surgeries to replace the defective devices.

The ASR hip implants can fail by becoming loose, fracturing the bone around the implant, or dislocating the implant's ball and socket. Defective ASR hip replacements can cause swelling, pain, and difficulty walking. Metal particles can flake off of the ASR Hip replacement and enter the bloodstream (metallosis).

Data shows that DePuy hip system recipients are in need of a second hip replacement procedure at higher-than-expected rates. Replacement procedures are normally only required when an artificial joint causes pain or difficulty in walking. Per DePuy, there are approximately 93,000 of these devices implanted worldwide since they were introduced in July 2003.

If you've been harmed by a defective ASR Hip Replacement, you have the right to file a lawsuit. Contact Klein & Frank, P.C. for more information.

One in Eight Patients Will Need Revision Surgery

Approximately 400 US patient complaints related to the XL Acetabular System have been submitted to the FDA. According to the generally accepted standards for this type of product, not more than one in 20 patients should need a revision within five years. Data shows that five years after implantation, about 13 percent of patients who had received the ASR™ total hip replacement and 12 percent of patients who had received the ASR™ resurfacing device required a second surgery. Revision surgeries generally take longer, are technically more difficult, and require a longer recovery period. During this painful and expensive process, the defective ASR cup is removed and replaced with a different device. In short, the patient is required to undergo a second, needless surgery to fix the mistake.

More on defective ASR hip implants:

  • In March of 2010, the company announced that it would be phasing out sales of the ASR hip replacement system by the end of the year. An article in the New York Times quoted orthopedic specialists who said that they believed that the design of the ASR Hip Replacement System was faulty.
  • The ASR hip replacement system had come under scrutiny for its high failure rate, and when the ASR hip replacement recall was announced orthopedic specialists questioned why it had not been recalled sooner.
  • DePuy also received a warning letter from the FDA for illegally marketing an unapproved knee device and selling another a hip implant for an unapproved use. This is the eleventh recall that Johnson & Johnson or one of its subsidiaries has issued since September 2009.

Experienced Hip Replacement Attorneys in Boulder, CO

DePuy has limited its voluntary offer of compensation to the costs of medical care provided. This approach entirely omits the physical pain associated with undergoing an additional, unnecessary surgery, lost wages and decreased earning capacity. Because patients who were implanted with this defective device are entitled to complete compensation – not just the amount DePuy decides to offer — it is important to consult with a DePuy hip recall attorney before contacting DePuy or Johnson & Johnson.

If you or someone you know has an ASR hip implant and are experiencing pain and other adverse effects, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses, including the cost of your medical care, pain and suffering, and the cost of additional surgeries. Do not contact Johnson & Johnson or De Puy Orthopaedics without speaking to an experienced lawyer first. Klein Frank, P.C. has extensive experience handling defective medical device cases nationwide and is prepared to help you take action.

The Boulder product liability attorneys at Klein Frank, P.C. have successfully represented clients in medical device litigation for more than 25 years. We are a nationwide law firm serving clients from all over the country. We handle all ASR hip replacement injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so there are no up-front costs to begin your case.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney, please contact our firm at (303) 622-3876.

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