More than 20,000 lawsuits have been filed against DePuy over its failing hip implants, resulting in billions of dollars in compensation paid to victims.
If you received a DePuy hip implant that was recalled by the manufacturer (ASR Hip Resurfacing System or ASR XL Acetabular System) or one of the Pinnacle implants that was discontinued, and it failed or caused other medical problems that required revision surgery, such as damage to surrounding bone, muscle or other tissues, or severe pain, you be able to file a claim for damages.
There is no cost to review your situation in a free consultation with a licensed DePuy hip implant lawyer at TSR Injury Law. Over more than 20 years, we have obtained over $1 billion in compensation for our clients. Partner Nate Bjerke has fought for injured people against numerous large corporations, including Ford Motor Company, Amazon, General Motors and American Family Insurance. Bjerke is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Your consultation is free and there are no upfront fees for our services – we do not get paid unless you do.
Call TSR Injury Law at (612) TSR-TIME.
Do I Have a Case Over My Injuries?
This is something you should consider discussing with a licensed DePuy hip implant lawyer, as there are many things we need to know about your situation, such as:
- The type of DePuy hip implant you received
- Whether the implant was part of the 2010 recall
- Whether you needed revision surgery
- The injuries you suffered
- Damages caused by your injuries
- When you began receiving treatment for injuries caused by your failing implant
After reviewing these and other factors, we would have a better idea on whether you have a case. There is no fee or obligation for having a meeting with one of our attorneys.
We are here to help and answer your legal questions. We understand there are a lot of things victims want to know.
Compensation for Hip Implant Injuries
If you have a case and hire our firm to represent you, we may be able to file a claim for various damages you have suffered as a result of your failed hip implant.
For example, you may be able to claim past, current and future medical care. This could include the cost of your revision surgery, prescription medications for pain, physical therapy or ongoing appointments with doctors, and other expenses for necessary treatment of your injuries.
Our attorneys have obtained over $1 billion in compensation for our clients and understand how to calculate the full value of a claim, including the cost of future medical care victims may need.
Other damages that could be claimed in a DePuy hip implant lawsuit may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost companionship
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Lost earning capacity
Punitive damages may also be available – a large percentage of most of the DePuy hip implant settlements are punitive damages. These are meant to punish the at-fault party and deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Have questions about the potential value of your claim? Contact TSR Injury Law for a free consultation. (612) TSR-TIME
Hip Implant Recall
In late August of 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., part of Johnson & Johnson, recalled two of its hip replacement devices: ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System. These devices had been implanted in more than 93,000 people across the world and 30,000 people in the U.S.
The company initiated a recall because data from Australia said these implants had a failure rate that was higher than expected when used in traditional hip replacement on patients with small stature, which may include women and those who have weak bones.
DePuy’s statement also included statistics from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales – 13 percent of those who received the XL Acetabular implants and 12 percent of those who received the Hip Resurfacing implants needed revision surgery after just five years. Most hip implants are expected to last 15 years.
Between 2008 and 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had received about 300 complaints about ASR hip implants, with many of the patients who made those complaints needing to have the device replaced soon after implantation.
DePuy also took its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants off the market in 2013 after the FDA tightened its regulations of these types of devices. These devices were linked to the same problems as the ASR implants.
Side Effects and Complications From DePuy Hip Implants
When DePuy’s metal-on-metal hip implants went on the market, it was hoped they would be long-lasting implants. Unfortunately, many patients who received these implants required revision surgery much sooner than expected. When the products were recalled, the company estimated that about 10,000 patients would need revision surgery.
Another complication patients have experienced is metallosis, which can destroy bone, muscle and tissue near the implant site. Metallosis occurs when metal rubs on metal and creates metallic debris, which can lead to severe inflammation in the tissue around the implant. This inflammation can make revision surgery more difficult.
The metal in DePuy’s recalled hip implants contains cobalt, and when excessive amounts of cobalt move into surrounding tissue, it can cause numerous health problems, such as:
- Nerve damage
- Peripheral neuropathy
Elevated levels of cobalt could also harm a pregnant woman’s baby.
Those who needed revision surgery often experienced pain when walking, standing up or putting weight on the side of the body with the implant. Patients also experienced pain in the hips and groin.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy hip implant and are experiencing significant pain and difficulty walking, or are experiencing symptoms of metallosis, contact your doctor immediately for treatment. After that, contact a licensed attorney from TSR Injury Law for a free consultation.
You may be eligible to file a DePuy hip implant lawsuit.
Lawsuits That Have Been Filed
More than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed over defective or failed DePuy ASR hip implants. There is a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Ohio with 1,104 actions pending as of December 2019.
The lawsuits that have been filed claim the company sold implants that were prone to fail prematurely and cause other health problems, such as metallosis, severe pain and limited mobility.
Victims also claim the company knew for years about problems with some of their implants but did not take steps to correct the problem. Documents that came out in one of the cases seem to show executives knew the implant was faulty but decided to keep it on the market anyway.
More than 10,000 lawsuits have also been filed over DePuy Pinnacle hip replacements, and as of December 2019, 9.977 were still pending in the MDL in the Northern District of Texas.
Lawsuits filed against DePuy have resulted in approximately $6.2 billion in jury awards to victims (some of the awards were later reduced):
- November 2013 – DePuy agrees to pay $4 billion to settle 8,000 lawsuits over ASR implants
- March 2015 – DePuy settles another 1,800 ASR cases for $420 million
- March 2016 – The second bellwether trial in the Pinnacle MDL results in a jury award of $502 million that is later reduced to $151 million
- December 2016 – Third pinnacle bellwether trial results in a jury award of $1 billion that was later reduced to $543 million
- November 2017 – The fourth bellwether trial results in a jury award of $247 million that was later reduced to $245 million
Contact a DePuy Hip Implant Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Medical devices can make life a lot easier for those with certain medical problems. Patients put a lot of trust in doctors who implant these devices and the companies that manufacture them.
When these devices fail and cause injury, victims may be able to file a lawsuit not only to pursue compensation for medical bills and other damages, but also to hold the manufacturer liable.
Our experienced attorneys at TSR Injury Law are dedicated to helping injury victims as they look to recover and move forward with their lives. We understand how important compensation can be in managing physical, financial and emotional damages.
Schedule a free consultation today. No obligation and no upfront fees for our services. Call (612) TSR-TIME.