DePuy Orthopaedics Facing ASR Hip Implant Lawsuit By 200 Irish PatientsMar 22, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
DePuy Orthopaedics is facing thousands of lawsuits here and abroad over its recalled ASR hip implants. Now, a group of about 200 Irish patients who received an ASR hip implant between 2003 and 2010 have announced their intention to file a group lawsuit against DePuy.
“The group action means we can band together to share scientific and medical information,” their attorney recently told thejournal.ie. “Each case is very different though so will be looked at individually for compensation.”
The Irish patients planning the DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit range from people in their 30s to men and women in their 80s. Some have already undergone revision surgery, according to their attorney.
"It is very invasive surgery, which is much more difficult than the original,” he told TheJournal.ie. “Patients lose more muscle, tissue and bone and end up with a greater limp than they previously had.”
Those who still have a DePuy ASR hip replacement device face the prospect of yearly monitoring for the life of the implant, and revision surgery down the road.
"The more time that passes, the more chance of metal shredding and the rate of revision surgery inevitably goes up," their lawyer explained.
DePuy and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, have been named in more than 5,000 U.S. product liability lawsuits filed on behalf of people who allegedly suffered early failures of their implants. Most of those lawsuits have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in federal court in Ohio.
Earlier this year, DePuy took quarterly charges of more than $3 billion, mostly related to the DePuy ASR Hip Implant recall. According to a report published in The New York Times, the charge will allow money to be set aside for patients and lawyers involved in product liability litigation.