Hip replacement surgery is a complex and serious procedure, which is why patients trust that manufacturers of hip implant systems have properly designed a safe and effective product that will not cause them harm. However, as the recent worldwide hip implant recall issued by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., has demonstrated, defective medical devices often stay on the market for years, despite evidence of unacceptable failure rates. When medical device manufactures put profits over patient safety and fail to withdraw unsafe products from the market, they can be held liable for the damages that result.
“The defective hip implant recall was issued after years of reports that suggested that the ASR systems had a greater than expected failure rate”
With approximately 93,000 units of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System sold, many patients have experienced hip pain and hip implant failure. As a consequence, a significant number of patients who have received DePuy ASR hip implants have had to undergo a hip replacement, “revision” surgery or will need to do so in the future.
The defective hip implant recall was issued after years of reports that suggested that the ASR systems had a greater than expected failure rate. The National Joint Registry (NJR) of England and Wales determined that there exists a five-year revision rate of about 12% for the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and about 13% for the ASR XL Acetabular System. Although women and men of smaller stature were affected more often, revision surgeries have been required in patients of all sizes.
Resources and Legal Counsel for Hip Implant Patients
Although patients negatively affected by DePuy defective hip implants may feel overwhelmed by the information they have received and the claims process that DePuy has proposed, resources and help are available. As leaders in consumer law and product liability litigation, the personal injury lawyers at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP are currently handling numerous DePuy hip replacement injury cases nationwide. Our hip recall resource center on this website provides the latest information regarding the recall, hip replacement lawsuits, and more. Please review our website for more information or call 1-877-800-1700 for a free consultation.
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