Johnson & Johnson recently announced a $2.47 billion hip settlement through its DePuy subsidiary.
DePuy’s Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implant was recalled in 2010. Now, an estimated 8,000 lawsuits are being filed over the device. The $2.47 billion settlement announced by J&J is likely to settle a large portion–though not all–of the pending cases.
The problematic all-metal hip implants promised more durability over the previous metal and plastic hip joints. Over the past ten years, they became popular among orthopedic surgeons. Now, patients are finding that these devices fail much earlier than expected. It is suggested that this is primarily due to friction generated between the moving metal parts. At least 37 percent of these hip implants have failed after only 4.6 years, a rate that is much higher than the previous model.
The all-metal model was responsible for premature implant failure as well as complications related to the deterioration of the hip implant. Friction causes metal particles to be released into the body, elevating chromium levels in the blood. Patients experienced pain and damage to the heart, thyroid, and surrounding tissue as a result. Many are often required to undergo numerous corrective surgeries and revisions as well.
You should consult a medical professional before making any changes to your healthcare. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a DePuy hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Lopez McHugh attorney for a free initial consultation.