DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits: Complication Lawsuits
Commonly asked questions about DePuy hip replacements:
- What are the Criteria for Filing a Hip Implant Lawsuit?
- What are DePuy ASR hip resurfacing systems?
- What are DePuy ASR XL hip acetabular systems?
- Why was DePuy hip replacement recalled?
- What are complications of DePuy hip replacement systems?
- FDA Issues Recommendations About Depuy Hip Replacements
- Can I File A DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
- Our No Fee Promise on Hip Replacement Cases
- How Do I Start A Hip Replacement Claim?
What are the Criteria for Filing a Hip Implant Lawsuit?
The FDA has ordered a review of all metal-on-metal hip implants due to mounting patient complaints.
Problems with metal-on-metal include, but are not limited to loosening, metallosis (ie: tissue or bone death), fracturing, and/or corrosion and fretting of these devices, which require revision surgery.
Many patients that require revision surgery due to these devices suffer significant post-revision complications.
We are investigating all cases involving metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, recalled in August 2010; the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, recalled in July 2012; the Stryker LFIT Anatomic v40 Femoral Head (recalled August 29, 2016); the DePuy Pinnacle, the Zimmer Durom Cup, the Wright Conserve, and the Biomet M2A “38mm” and M2A-Magnum hip replacement systems, which have not been recalled.
Reported problems include pain, swelling and problems walking.
What Are DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems?
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System first became available in 2005 in the United States. Johnson & Johnson was given special clearance from the FDA in 2005 to market the ASR devices without first performing clinical trials—tests to determine the safety of the products.
Treatments for hip pain focus on ways to manage discomfort and improve function. In a total hip replacement surgery, doctors replace the diseased or damaged hip with an implant consisting of a stem, ball, liner, and acetabular cup. Most successful treatments involve a combination of methods tailored to individual needs, lifestyle, and health.
What Are DePuy ASR XL Hip Acetabular Systems?
The ASR XL Acetabular System is a total hip replacement system that uses a traditional femoral ball and stem, and has a 1-piece metal bearing socket placed in the acetabulum. The “ASR” in the title is simply DePuy’s trademark designation for this class of single-piece sockets, while the “XL” refers to the fact that DePuy made their implant available in larger sizes for patients whose bodies could accommodate them.
Why Was DePuy Hip Replacement Recalled?
Although the FDA does not require premarket testing of hip implant devices, manufacturers are obligated to design and sell safe products to the public. Additionally, they are responsible for warning patients of any risks or dangers associated with their devices. When a patient suffers significant complications or injuries due to a defective DePuy hip device, it may warrant legal action. DePuy can be held liable for the injuries suffered by the patient.
In August 2010, DePuy Orthopedics voluntarily recalled both the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, citing a higher than normal failure rate. Additionally, the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant has caused several complications to patients, but has yet to be recalled.
What Are Complications of Depuy Hip Replacement Systems?
Many patients who have received DePuy hip implant devices have experienced severe complications, including:
- Early failure rates/difficulty walking
- Joint slippage/component loosening
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Periprosthetic osteolysis (bone fracturing)
- Dislocation of the implant
FDA Issues Recommendations About Depuy Hip Replacements
- If you are not having any symptoms and your orthopaedic surgeon believes your implant is functioning appropriately, you should continue to routinely follow-up with the surgeon every 1 to 2 years.
- If you develop new or worsening problems such as pain, swelling, numbness, noise (popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking of your hip), and/or change in your ability to walk, contact your orthopaedic surgeon right away.
- If you experience changes in your general health, including new or worsening symptoms outside your hip, let your physician know you have a DePuy hip implant.
Can I File A DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
Our DePuy hip replacement lawyers can help if you or someone you care about contracted a severe — or possibly fatal — infection as a result of being exposed to bacteria from a contaminated Depuy hip replacement device. Our top hip replacement lawyers are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new DePuy hip replacement cases in all 50 states.
Both patients and their families are seeking compensation for injuries. You may be entitled to a settlement if you were harmed by a hip replacement system.
Our No Fee Promise on Hip Replacement Cases
You can afford to have our great team of lawyers on your side. When you choose us, it literally costs nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:
- No money to get started
- We pay all case costs and expenses
- No legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
- Phone calls are always free.
How Do I Start A Hip Replacement Claim?
Our hip replacement lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing hip replacement lawsuit claims.