DePuy Hip Replacement Attorney
In August of 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, issued a worldwide recall of its DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System.
The DePuy ASR hip replacement was once heralded as a medical breakthrough designed to last over 15 years; however, a large number of hip recipients began experiencing horrific symptoms soon after surgery. For example, most recipients begin experiencing muscle fatigue which quickly deteriorates resulting in constant hip, leg and back pain. Eventually, tiny pieces of metal from the hip actually break off and enter the bloodstream resulting in highly elevated levels of chromium and cobalt posing severe threats.
There is strong evidence that DePuy was aware of problems with its hip replacement products for some time. In 2006, DePuy issued warning letters to physicians regarding higher than normal failure rates of its ASR hip implants. Despite this information, DePuy kept its products on the market until the recall in 2010.
DePuy Hip Replacement Defects
In 2005 DePuy Orthopedics made its ASR hip replacement system available in the United States. Since its release, more than 93,000 hip replacement surgeries worldwide have utilized the DePuy ASR total hip replacement and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System.
Between 2008 and 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received around 300 complaints from recipients of the DePuy ASR replacement system. The reports from those complaints show that many of those patients — a vast majority, in fact — had to undergo an operation to replace their implant soon after receiving it.
The first DePuy hip replacement lawsuit in the United States was filed in June 2010. Many more have followed both in the U.S. and internationally; a class action lawsuit was filed in Australia in 2011.
In August 2010, just a few months after the first lawsuit, DePuy voluntarily recalled its ASR total hip system in the U.S. In the FDA’s announcement, unpublished data from the U.K. joint registry was cited as the reason DePuy decided to issue a recall. That unpublished data showed a much higher than normal failure rate for the ASR.
The reports and evidence surrounding the DePuy ASR hip system clearly show a high frequency of problems — and unfortunately, probably understate the true extent of the problem, since many of those who experience a problem will never file reports with the FDA or other regulatory agency.
The problem may be even worse than the early evidence indicates. An early 2013 trial involving the DePuy ASR uncovered evidence that within five years of receiving the ASR, up to 40 percent of patients could require a second hip replacement surgery to fix the problems associated with it.
Even after a surgery to replace or repair problems with a DePuy ASR system, it is possible for dangerous metallic fragments to still be left behind in surrounding tissues, causing severe problems for years afterward.
Did You Receive a DePuy Hip Replacement?
If you received a DePuy ASR hip replacement after July 2003, you may have been the recipient of a defective hip. If so, you have likely received a letter from DePuy or a company named Broadspire (who was hired by DePuy). In order to preserve your legal claim, it is important that you do not speak with either of these entities and by no means sign any documents.
If you are the recipient of a DePuy hip replacement, the first thing you need to do is seek medical care immediately. Even if you have no symptoms now, there is a good chance you will develop symptoms in the near future. After speaking with your doctor, you should contact an attorney immediately. There are critical steps that you must take to ensure that your legal claim is properly preserved. These steps include directing your surgeon to preserve the explanted hip along with certain tissues during the revision surgery. This allows for future testing which will greatly impact your claim.
You will also need legal representation by an experienced DePuy hip replacement attorney, who has handled cases like yours and understands your situation. A DePuy hip replacement lawsuit can insure that costs of repair, replacement, and the pain and suffering endured is justly compensated for. The parent company of DePuy Orthopedics, Johnson & Johnson, has continued to deny culpability as late as 2014 — despite acknowledging a higher than normal failure rate. If you or a loved one has considered filing a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit, you owe it to yourself to look into retaining specialized, professional representation in the form of a qualified DePuy hip replacement attorney.
The attorneys at Tate Law Group are investigating these injuries and currently litigating a number of cases.
If you or someone you know was the recipient of a DePuy ASR hip replacement, please call Tate Law Group today toll-free at (866) 610-7107 (or) contact us online.