If you or a loved one has received a hip implant within the last five years and have experienced pain, swelling or problems walking, you may want to consult your doctor to determine whether there is an issue with the device used. Patients with DePuy ASR hip replacements may be eligible for compensation due to the injuries they have suffered as a result of being implanted with the defective DePuy ASR hip replacement. Past and future pain, suffering, medical bills, lost earnings and disfigurement are among the damages that the patients may be entitled to recover.
Ury & Moskow, LLC, is monitoring cases involving patients who have had issues with their hip implants but not yet required replacement surgery. Our defective DePuy hip replacement lawyers can help you determine if you have a claim, and how to pursue a defective medical device lawsuit successfully.
The History of Defective DePuy Hip Replacements
On Aug. 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. announced the recall of DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System implants after confirming that the implants have an unreasonably high failure rate.
According to 2010 data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales, the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System had a revision rate of 12 percent at five years after surgery, and the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System had a revision rate of 13 percent. This means that during the first five years after a hip replacement with the DePuy ASR hip, at least one of eight patients can expect to experience hip failure requiring painful and expensive hip revision surgery.
In addition, with more than 90,000 DePuy ASR systems sold worldwide, over 11,000 people could require additional hip replacement surgery due to the defective design of this implant and DePuy's failure to take steps to remove it from the market earlier.
Shortly after the DePuy ASR was introduced in 2005, reports of complications and failures began to surface early after the implant. According to Adverse Event Reports received by the Food and Drug Administration, there were nearly 100 reports in 2007, over 200 in 2008, and over 300 in 2009. The vast majority of these reports (over 90 percent of those reported in 2009) involved the need for a surgical hip revision after a DePuy ASR hip replacement.
Although many experts believe a DePuy ASR recall should have been issued earlier, the manufacturer failed to take steps to protect consumers and continued to sell the defective device. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. did not acknowledge until March 2010 that there was a higher-than-expected failure rate with DePuy ASR hip implants and did not recall DePuy ASR hip replacement implants until August 2010.
Unfortunately, close to 93,000 individuals who have received a hip prosthesis from DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, may be in need of revision surgery, resulting in additional pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages or worse.
Experienced and Trusted Connecticut Defective Medical Device Lawyers
Ury & Moskow, LLC, is currently investigating claims involving failed or defective hip implant devices. Such cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. That means the client is never at risk of paying any money out of pocket. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. We file lawsuits in individual cases only after a thorough review of medical records and assessment of the facts in each case. In medical device cases, Ury & Moskow, LLC, does not sue doctors for medical malpractice.
We represent victims nationwide in association with local firms we know and trust. We provide each client's case with individualized attention and care. Remember, time limitations can bar late claims, so if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective hip implant, please contact our firm as soon as possible.