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Johnson & Johnson DePuy Hip Implant

Johnson & Johnson DePuy Hip Implant Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Revision Surgery, Hip Pain, Thigh Pain, Groin Pain | Metal-On-Metal Implant, Defective Implant, Premature Failure

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Johnson & Johnson DePuy Hip Implant | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Revision Surgery, Hip Pain, Thigh Pain, Groin Pain | Metal-On-Metal Implant, Defective Implant, Premature Failure

Our firm is investigating reports of early failure of the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system. Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics unit was already phasing out the ASR hip implant system when it finally acknowledged in March 2010 that the device was prone to early failure. By that time, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had received hundreds of reports describing early failure of the DePuy ASR hip implant system.

The DePuy ASR hip implant, meant to last approximately 15 years, can fail within only a few years of surgery. Victims of faulty DePuy ASR hip implants experience excruciating pain, and often have to undergo complicated and expensive replacement surgery. Even then, they may never fully recover from their injuries.

Our DePuy ASR hip implant lawyers are offering free lawsuit consultations to victims of this defective device. If you or a loved one suffered an early failure of a hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Please contact one our DePuy ASR hip implant lawyers today to make sure your legal rights are protected.

DePuy ASR Hip Implant Complications

The FDA cleared the DePuy ASR Acetabular Cup System for use in traditional hip replacement in 2005. The device was cleared through a process that did not require it to undergo clinical trials.  Since the beginning of 2008, the FDA has received about 300 complaints regarding the DePuy ASR cup involving patients in the US. Most of those patients underwent an operation to have the device replaced soon after getting it. 

The DePuy ASR is a large diameter, metal-on-metal hip replacement system. Metal-on-metal hip implants, which were introduced about a decade ago, have ball-and-socket joints that are made from metals like cobalt and chromium.  They became popular because it was thought that metal-on-metal would be more durable than earlier types of implants.

According to a report in The New York Times, such hip implants have been used in about one-third of the approximately 250,000 hip replacements performed annually in this country.  However, many of the nation's leading orthopedic surgeons have reduced or stopped use of these devices because of concerns that they can cause severe tissue and bone damage.   

No one knows why the DePuy ASR hip implant is prone to early failure. According to The New York Times, studies in recent years indicate that metal-on-metal devices can quickly begin to wear.  This creates a large amount of metallic debris that is absorbed into a patient’s body. The metallic debris can cause inflammatory reactions that lead to pain in the groin, death of tissue in the hip joint and loss of surrounding bone. 

The same New York Times article said some orthopedic surgeons have also asserted that the DePuy ASR hip implant, - which is shallower than some similar devices - has a design flaw that made it difficult to implant, an allegation DePuy had denied. 

DePuy withdrew the ASR hip from the Australian market in December 2009 and indicated a plan to phase the device out worldwide in 2010. However, the company did not issue a recall of the DePuy ASR hip implant, instead insisting it was being removed from the market due to slow sales.

Then, in a letter dated March 6, 2010, DePuy warned doctors that recently analyzed data from Australia suggested that the ASR had a higher-than-expected failure rate when used in traditional hip replacement on certain types of patient. According to the letter, patients of small stature, a group that typically includes women and patients with weak bones, faced the highest risk.

Symptoms of a DePuy ASR hip implant failure could include:

  • Unexplained Hip Pain
  • Thigh Pain or Groin Pain
  • Pain with Walking
  • Pain Rising from a Seated Position
  • Pain with Weight Bearing

If you experienced such symptoms within a few years of hip replacement surgery, you should make an appointment to see an orthopedist immediately. There is a good chance you were the recipient of a DePuy ASR Acetabular Cup System that has failed prematurely.

Legal Help for Victims of ASR Hip Implant Injuries

If you or someone you love has suffered because of complications caused by DePuy Orthopaedics' ASR hip implant device, you have valuable legal rights.  Our DePuy ASR hip implant lawyers will do everything legally possible to make sure you are fairly compensated for your suffering.  Please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with one of our DePuy ASR hip implant lawyers today.


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Texas Judge Rejects Delay for September DePuy Hip Implant Trial

Jul 25, 2016
Federal Judge Ed Kinkeade of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas will not grant a delay in the September trial in the ongoing multidistrict litigation involving DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants. DePuy Orthopaedics requested the delay after a March trial ended in a $500 million award to five plaintiffs who alleged they suffered injuries from DePuy Pinnacle hip devices. DePuy wanted the September trial delayed until the appeal of the...

British Report Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Failing Faster

Sep 16, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
A new report from the United Kingdom finds that premature failures of DePuy Orthopaedic’s ASR hip implant, as well as other metal-on-metal hip implants, are increasing.  The report focuses on U.K recipients of all-metal hip implants, but according to The New York Times, its findings do not bode well for U.S. hip implant recipients, as some 500,000 are estimated to have received all-metal devices In fact, about 40,000 of the 90,000 ASR hip implants sold worldwide prior to  its...

Johnson & Johnson Hiring of Contractor for DePuy ASR Implant Recall Raises Questions

Aug 23, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
It appears Johnson & Johnson is handling the DePuy ASR hip implant recall in an unusual way.  The company has hired a third-party contractor, Broadspire Services Inc., to administer all patient claims for out-of-pocket medical costs associated with the defective device, according to a Reuters report.The unusual arrangement is causing concern on a number of fronts.  For one thing, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedic division are requiring that doctors from Broadspire -...

DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits Just Keep Coming

Jul 8, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
Lawsuits against DePuy over their metal-on-metal hip implant devices increase as more plaintiffs step forward claiming the ASR hip implant caused them to suffer from numerous injuries.  The Johnson & Johnson unit faces over 1,000 suits in both federal and state court claiming DePuy knew of the problems with the device.A majority of the plaintiffs contend in 2007, DePuy was warned about the high rates of failure and complications associated with the ASR hip implant systems through an...

Victim of Zimmer Durom Cup Files Lawsuit

Jul 6, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
Another metal-on-metal hip implant is the subject of a personal injury lawsuit.  According to a complaint filed last month in Louisiana federal court, Francoie Stephens had to have his Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant removed just three years after he received it due to complications that included metal contamination of his blood.All-metal hip implants have come under increasing scrutiny since the recall last August of the DePuy ASR hip implant.  That device was recalled because of a high...

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