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Parker Waichman LLP Representing Virginia Woman in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuit

May 9, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP

Parker Waichman LLP continues to file metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuits on behalf of alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics' recalled ASR hip implant devices.  On May 7, the firm filed a new complaint on behalf of a 51-year-old woman from Virginia who had to have ASR hip implants removed and replaced just three years after she underwent a bi-lateral hip replacement with the devices.

According to her lawsuit, the plaintiff received Bi-Lateral ASR hip implants on February 13, 2007. In October 2010, she suffered pain, as well as elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to her implants.  The devices were removed on June 6, 2011.

This latest lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Ohio, where more than 4,200 DePuy ASR Hip Implant lawsuits are pending in a consolidated litigation.  The litigation’s first bellwether trials, which will help gauge how juries might rule in similar cases, are expected to begin by early next year.

In addition to the federal litigation, DePuy faces another 2,000 or so claims filed in state courts around the country. Las Vegas, Nevada will be the site of the first state court trial, scheduled to begin in December.  A Maryland lawsuit will go to trial in January.

All of the DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits share similar allegations that the devices can shed dangerous amount of metal debris in patients, leading to early implant failure, tissue and possible long-term health problems.  DePuy issued a worldwide recall of the implants in August 2012, after they were found to be failing prematurely in a high number of patients.

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