DePuy, an orthopedic and neurosurgery company founded more than a century ago, manufactures medical devices used in hip replacements and hip resurfacing operations. The company, acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 1998, has produced two metal-on-metal products used in the operations: the DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System.
The products have been used globally, but unfortunately many patients have experienced negative side effects or injury as a result of undergoing surgery to have these hip devices implanted in them. In some cases, the hip replacements have failed to work at all. This led to the 2010 recall of DePuy’s AS™ XL Acetabular Hip System and the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. The lawsuits continue to pile up against the company as the products have proven to be risky alternatives and are not able to perform as advertised.
If you or a loved one has suffered pain, injury or any type of complication as a result of one of these two medical devices, you may be able to receive compensation for damages. A Boston personal injury lawyer can help you evaluate your case and gather the necessary information needed to pursue compensation.
Some side effects of a faulty DePuy hip replacement or resurfacing device include pain related to muscles, bones, lymph nodes, kidney or liver. The pain can be caused by metal ions or particles that were somehow released from the medical device. These particles can even lead to long-term disability.
Many patients have incurred an overwhelming amount of medical costs in hopes of curing the pain they’ve suffered after having a DePuy medical device implanted. If you or a family member has spent any money for subsequent operations, and can prove how the device(s) has negatively affected you, you have a right to file a claim against DePuy. Because lawsuits against DePuy are so common, class action cases have been established but you can also choose to file an individual claim. A Boston personal injury lawyer can help you decide which route is the best option for you.
DePuy also manufactured the Pinnacle and ASR system, both used in hip replacements. However, like the previously mentioned products, these devices have also performed poorly. Due to a high failure rate, the company had to recall these products in 2010. In a 2013 settlement, Johnson & Johnson was required to compensate patients who had their ASR systems removed and replaced. Patients were compensated about $350,000 each. Were you or a family member negatively affected by one of these products? Frank Fernandez can help determine if you have a case against DePuy.
DePuy is not the only company which has manufactured poor hip replacement products. Stryker, which has produced the Stryker ABG II and Stryker Rejuvenate, have also led to complications for patients. Wright Medical’s product, Conserve, and Biomet’s M2 Magnum have also proven to be defective in many patients. Have any of these implant devices caused you or a loved one pain and suffering? Contact the Law Office of Frank Fernandez here or call 617-393-0250 for a free consultation.