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The product liability attorneys of Murray Guari Trial Attorneys are reviewing potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who received the DePuy ASR hip implant as it can slip out of the hip socket and has caused thousands of victims to experience severe pain and the potential for additional hip surgery.
The DePuy Hip Implant Recall
DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has voluntarily recalled the ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement due to a high failure rate and the DePuy Pinnacle® Acetabular Cup System.
The product, introduced in 2005, has seen a steady increase in problems, complaints and complications associated early failure for the metal hip implant. Just a few years of surgery, many victims have endured severe pain which led to complicated and expensive replacement surgery.
Between 2007 and 2009 the FDA received more than 600 complaints. To date approximately 93,000 of these devices have been implanted worldwide, despite the fact that both DePuy and Johnson & Johnson have known since as early as 2008 that the device was defective.
An Australian study found that 13% of patients who received a ASR XL Acetabular System implant required a second surgery within five years of the first surgery. However, more recent estimates suggest that nearly half of the recalled DePuy ASR hip replacements may lead to problems within the next 5-6 years, requiring recipients to undergo risky revision surgery.
Who’s At Risk of Hip Failure & Why
The DePuy artificial hip targeted, but was not limited to, “younger” patients and those with an active life style including runners, skiers, tennis players and golfers.
The hip replacement devise was brought to market without having gone through clinical trials because of a loophole provided under FDA rule 510(k) Clearances that allows certain similar drugs or medical devices to be approved without undergoing clinical trials. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) also found that the FDA doesn’t keep track of the reasons devices such as hip implants are recalled, and it doesn’t always follow up to make sure the recall was complete. This means that unsafe and ineffective devices, like the ASR hip replacement, may continue to be used by unknowing consumers.
DePuy Hip Implant Recall Victims May Suffer From
The DePuy ASR Hip Implant is made of chromium and cobalt. Recent medical studies have shown that high cobalt levels can cause serious adverse health effects in metal on metal hip implant patients. Documented symptoms of cobalt poisoning can include: visual impairment, cardiomyopathy, hypothyroidism, cognitive impairment, auditory impairment, peripheral neuropathy, and rashes.
The defective products law firm of Murray Guari Trial Attorneys represents all patients affected by the DePuy ASR hip replacement recall on a contingency basis which means that there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free no-obligation consultation please call toll free at 1-877-645-2974.
Please note that in some matters, we may co-counsel or refer the case to another lawyer or law firm.