The 2010 recall of the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System could affect as many as 32,000 patients in the U.S. and 93,000 patients worldwide. Many of these patients are now filing lawsuits to seek compensation for medical bills and additional expenses associated with the hip devices.
An estimated 1 in 8 patients who received the ASR metal-on-metal hip system will require a second hip surgery, or revision surgery, to replace the faulty hip implant, and they often must undergo up to a week of hospitalization and months of physical therapy. Many patients report experiencing severe pain, a loosening of the hip joint, bone fractures, difficulty walking, hip dislocation, and a condition known as metallosis, or inflammation due to heavy metal poisoning in the body.
Hundreds of patients are now choosing to file a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson in the wake of the August 2010 recall. Hip implant attorneys believe that the company acted negligently and knew about potential complications associated with the ASR hip systems in 2007 or 2008, failing to properly warn doctors and patients of the problems until years after the problem was discovered. If you wish to speak with someone about your case, please fill out the form on this page.
At this time, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics may be contacting patients who received the ASR hip systems since 2003, offering to pay some medical expenses if patients sign a waiver of liability. It is extremely important to talk with an attorney first, before seeing a doctor or signing any documents, releases, or waivers from DePuy or Johnson & Johnson. An attorney will help determine your legal rights in the case.
Though DePuy may be offering some compensation to patients following the ASR recall, the compensation may not cover expenses incurred after the surgery, such as diagnostic testing procedures (blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds), lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain, suffering, and future medical expenses. By signing the form on this page, you will be able to discuss your case with a hip implant lawyer and discuss your legal rights.