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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trial Set to Begin this Week in California

Jan 21, 2013

All eyes will be primed on a Los Angeles Superior courtroom this week as the first lawsuit claiming defects with the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant led to numerous complications and serious and permanent injuries.

According to an update from the court, the trial is expected to start on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Both sides - the Plaintiffs Loren and Sheryl Kransky and Defendants DePuy (a division of Johnson & Johnson) - plan to call numerous witnesses in the trial. Among those to be called are executives with DePuy, doctors, and other health experts. Family members will also be called in addition to the Plaintiffs, themselves.

The DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was recalled from the market in the late-summer of 2010 after it had been implicated in an inordinate number of reports of complications suffered by its recipients. The ASR hip implant was one of the top-selling hip implants in the class of metal-on-metal hip implants and it is likely that more than 100,000 people received this device during a total hip replacement surgery.

Reports at the time indicated that up to 13 percent of the DePuy ASR hip implants were prone to early failure and would cause recipients to suffer painful and costly complications that often resulted in them having to undergo revision surgeries to correct the problems or to have the device replaced entirely.

Like many other metal-on-metal hip implants, the DePuy ASR is prone to early failure, sometimes just a few months after it has been implanted in a patient. Squeaking and popping at the site of the implant are early signs of trouble in many cases. This is accompanied by severe pain and inflammation and often requires revision procedures to correct the problems.

In addition to those risks, the DePuy ASR -  being a metal-on-metal hip implant device - also puts recipients at risk of suffering metallosis, or metal poisoning, when the component parts of the replacement joint rub together during normal use. This disperses small metallic fragments into a person’s bloodstream and can cause organ and tissue damage, as well as other complications.

Thousands of other lawsuits making similar claims against the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant have been filed in courts across the country. The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP continues to represent victims of these hip implant defects, as well as other metal-on-metal hip implants.

The defense used by DePuy in this trial could likely dictate how other potential lawsuits will be decided. This and the thousands of other lawsuits filed against the company and its defective hip implant will argue that the ASR hip implant has a defective design and that DePuy failed to do pre-market safety testing to guarantee that it was safe and effective as a total hip replacement device.

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