In August 2010, a recall was issued by DePuy Orthopaedics when the company's ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing System were found to have a higher-than-normal failure rate, causing many patients to require a second "revision" surgery to correct complications caused by the devices.
Hundreds of patients have since contacted a lawyer to discuss legal options. Patients may be entitled to compensation from the company to cover medical bills and additional expenses associated with the hip devices. If you wish to learn more about your legal rights, please fill out the form on this page and you will receive additional information about the lawsuits currently filed against DePuy Orthopaedics.
Patients who received the ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing System may have received correspondence from DePuy or Johnson & Johnson, the company's parent company. Before signing any paperwork provided by the companies, patients are advised to speak with a lawyer.
By signing the documents provided by DePuy or Johnson & Johnson, patients may be signing a waiver, which may prevent them from receiving additional compensation from the companies should complications occur in the future due to the faulty hip devices.
Evidence exists that shows that DePuy and Johnson & Johnson may have been trying to hide issues associated with the faulty ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing System for years. As long ago as 2007/2008, evidence from tests conducted on the devices in Australia demonstrated a higher-than-normal failure rate, prompting the devices to be removed from the Australian market.
In March 2010, a letter was sent to doctors to inform them about the complications associated with the hip devices, though patients were not directly informed about the issues until the devices were recalled in August 2010.