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 Litigation Continues as Nearly Half of DePuy ASR XL Hips Expected to Fail

Ennis & Ennis, P.A. Continues to Offer Free Nationwide Confidential Hip Replacement Lawsuit Consultations to Patients with DePuy ASR Hip Implants who have suffered severe side effects like metallosis or have needed a revision due to a hip defect or failure.

- Ennis & Ennis, P.A.

11/07/2012 -
As metal on metal hip replacements continue to fail, DePuy and other manufacturers of hip replacement parts can expect increased litigation over the high failure rates and resulting injuries. Data indicates that the recalled DePuy ASR XL hip device showed a 21% revision rate at four years and a 49% revision rate at six years. [1] With nearly half of all DePuy ASR XL hips expected to fail, consumers will continue to suffer various injuries, including metallosis, periprosthetic osteolysis and/or high levels of cobalt-chromium ions.  Unfortunately up until recently, all metal implants accounted for nearly one-third of the 250,000 hip replacements performed each year in the United States. [2]

Even more disturbing is that DePuy’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson, knew about defects in the DePuy hip products for years but failed to correct the problem or warn patients of the dangers. [3] As far back as August 2009, an email from a DePuy vice president to senior J&J management stated the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had refused to approve the DePuy ASR XL hip because of “significant numbers of premature failures.” [4]

The majority of DePuy cases are consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio before the Honorable David A. Katz. However, there are states court cases filed throughout the country as well. These cases involve significant injuries, including loosening of the hip implant which may fracture the surrounding bone, chronic pain/swelling/inflammation, necrosis of the tissue surrounding the hip implant and release of metal particles. These metal particles, primarily cobalt and chromium, can enter the bloodstream and migrate to other parts of the body. This has been associated with neurological dysfunction and increased incidence of certain cancers. [5] The costs of all the metal hip replacement implant failures will be substantial. “Medical and legal experts estimate the hip replacement failures may cost taxpayers, insurers, employers and others billions of dollars in coming years, contributing to the soaring cost of health care.” [6]

Defective Metal on Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit::

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a defective metal on metal hip replacement implant you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced Hip Replacement Lawsuit Attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have about a hip replacement lawsuit or a possible hip replacement class action lawsuit. Fill out the free hip replacement lawsuit case evalution form on this page or contact our Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuit Lawyers directly by calling toll-free: 1.800.856.6405.

1.British Orthopaedic Ass’n, Large Diameter Metal on Metal Bearing Total Hip Replacements, wwwbritishhipsociety.com/pdfs/BHS_MOM

2.Barry Meier, The Implants Loophole, N.Y. Times, Dec. 16, 2010, at B1

3. Barry Meier, Hip Maker Discussed Failures, N.Y Times, Feb. 22, 2012, at B1.

4. Id.

5.Alison J. Smith, Paul Dieppe, Martyn Porter & Ashley W. Blom, Risk of cancer in first seven years after metal-on-metal hip replacement compared with other bearings and general population: linkage study between the National Joint Registry of England and Wales and hospital episode statistics, BMJ, Apr.2012;344: e2383

6. Barry Meier, The High Cost of Failing Artificial Hips, N.Y. Times, Dec. 27, 2011, at A1.


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