Johnson & Johnson Earmarks Nearly 1 Billion Dollars – For What?

As New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall attorneys, we have been providing updated posts regarding the DePuy hip recall litigation, the nature of the hip defects which led to the litigation, and some helpful tips for any patients who may have a recall claim. These posts are designed to help any potential claimant understand the recall litigation and claims process.

DePuy and Johnson & Preparing for Something, But What?

new jersey philadelphia depuy hip recall attorneys johnson moneyRecent news demonstrates that not only are DePuy recall lawyers and patients planning for the litigation, but Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have also recognized the potential problem and have taken financial steps to prepare themselves. According to Johnson & Johnson’s fourth quarter earnings report released this past month, the company is taking a $922 million charge related to its potential exposure for the DePuy hip recall. While $922 million may sound like a large sum of money, it may be inadequate to cover the sum of 93,000 potential claimants that will require compensation from Johnson & Johnson.

DePuy hip recall patients should not worry about Johnson & Johnson’s overall financial health. According to the same fourth quarter earnings statement, Johnson & Johnson posted a net income of $1.9 billion in its orthopaedic unit and $5.71 billion in its pharmaceutical unit.

Neither Johnson & Johnson nor DePuy issued any official statement regarding the funds set aside, or their plans for the DePuy recall litigation. Therefore, it is unknown whether the $922 million has been set aside for payment of legitimate DePuy hip recall claims, or if it has been set aside so that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy can mount a high price defense in order to minimize exposure.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

As New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyers, we will be watching closely and posting any additional information about the DePuy hip recall. If you or a loved one are recipients of a defective DePuy hip implant, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Was a DePuy Sales Rep Watching You Sleep?

If you have been following our series of DePuy hip recall posts, we hope they have been informative, interesting, and educational. Our previous DePuy hip recall posts have provided information about the actual implant that has been recalled, about signs and symptoms that patients can expect if their implant is fails; and about the bad faith settlement practices of Johnson & Johnson and DePuy claims adjusters. However, this particular post is unique because today we discuss a topic that most DePuy hip recall patients have never considered. Was a DePuy sales representative watching you while you had your implant surgery performed?

Sales Reps Guiding Surgeons Through Procedures

new jersey philadelphia depuy hip recall lawyers shocking sales repRecently, the prestigious Washington Post reported on a fairly widespread yet rarely discussed practice of medical device sales representatives to lurk in operating rooms, without patient knowledge or approval, and guide surgeons in the surgical procedure. According to the Washington Post, this practice of sales rep “assistance” is common among medical device companies including Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Zimmer, and DePuy.

Unfortunately for most DePuy hip replacement patients, there really is no way to learn whether or not one of DePuy’s sales reps was actually in the operating room. Why? Because most current hospital policies do not require a sales rep to be identified in the patient’s medical chart. They also don’t require consent from the patient, and have not prohibited photography. There have been reports that sales reps have taken pictures of their company’s implant as its being implanted into the patient! These photographs are taken without first advising the patient that a sales representative will even be present.

Imagine that! A DePuy sales representative is allowed to walk into a sterile operating room and observe a patient having surgery, and the patient would never be the wiser.

Frankly, this widespread practice is kind of creepy. As New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyers, we urge that legislation be drafted which specifically requires that any medical sales representative obtain permission from a patient before they attend their surgery. If a surgeon is not comfortable performing a hip implant surgery without having a sales representative present, perhaps that surgeon should not perform the surgery in the first place.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you are the recipient of a DePuy hip replacement and are experiencing increasing pain and reduced functionality, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

DePuy owes you compensation for pain, suffering, and monies paid for any additional treatments associated with the correction of your hip replacement. Make sure you get the help of an attorney in earning this compensation.

DePuy Hip Recall Affects Canada and Elsewhere

As a NJ and PA DePuy hip recall lawfirm, we have posted information about the DePuy hip recall for patients here in the U.S. However, the U.S. is not the only country with pending DePuy hip recall lawsuits.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers Busy Everywhere

new jersey philadelphia DePuy hip recall attorneys represent victims everywhereDePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, marketed its DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Imlplant System and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems worldwide, and all are included in the recall. In December of 2010, about 1,500 Canadian patients who had DePuy hip replacements filed a DePuy class action lawsuit in the courts in Quebec, Calgary, Alberta, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Montreal. DePuy hip recall lawyers in Canada are helping these DePuy hip recall claimaints. It is likely that other DePuy hip implant patients in Europe will soon be filing similar class actions as a result of the DePuy hip recall.

It seems that DePuy hip implant patients all over the world are seeking justice against DePuy Orthopaedics and its mega billion dollar parent company, Johnson & Johnson, for this defective hip implant product.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

As a NJ and PA DePuy hip recall lawyer, I encourage all patients worldwide to fight for their legal rights against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson. We will continue to provide DePuy hip recall information and news as it is made available to us. In particular, we are watching very closely the DePuy multi-district litigation which is pending the Northern District of Ohio in front of Judge David A. Katz. Several of these DePuy lawsuits are class actions, and the rest are individual DePuy lawsuit claims that are all being managed by Judge Katz. Keep checking back to our blog for any updates on the DePuy hip implant lawsuit.

If you or a loved one are the recipient of a defective DePuy hip implant, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
You will need the help of a good DePuy hip recall lawyer to attain the full and fair compensation you deserve. Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you deserve.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers – How Much Do They Cost?

We are frequently asked by clients how much will it cost to hire a Depuy hip recall attorney to represent them in a lawsuit for the defective hip recall. After all, if defective hip replacement patients make the claim against DePuy themselves, they won’t have to pay attorney’s fees.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis

In these tough times, we know that many Depuy hip replacement patients do not have the resources to pay a lawyer to represent them in their fight to seek fair compensation for a defective hip manufactured by Depuy. new jersey philadelphia depuy hip recall lawyers how much cost contingencyFortunately, the Mininno Law Office and its New Jersey and Philadelphia Depuy hip recall lawyers work on a “contingency-fee basis,” which allows you to get the best legal representation available without having to pay up front. Contingency means service now, pay later.

In addition, clients working on a contingency basis do not pay legal fees unless and until they win. Most lawyers receive between 33 and 40 percent of the gross recovery of a lawsuit. These lawyers will advance the costs of medical experts to prove your case. However, if a DePuy hip recall lawyer is unsuccessful in bringing your Depuy hip implant lawsuit, you do not have to pay any fee, or pay back any costs. In other words, as a New Jersey and Philadelphia hip recall lawyer, I work for free unless or until I am successful in your hip recall claim.

These contingency fee arrangements for our Depuy recall clients allow them to get the best hip recall legal representation without having to incur additional costs and expenses up front. As New Jersey or Philadelphia Depuy hip recall lawyers, we know it’s important that clients save their resources for medical bills, co pays and the out of pocket costs that Depuy is not agreeing to pay for up front (DePuy Distributes ‘Helpful’ Handout for Defective Implant Claims).

DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you have a Depuy hip implant claim, please contact a Depuy hip recall lawyer who is knowledgeable about your rights when it comes to seeking fair compensation from a defective Depuy hip replacement. The DePuy hip recall lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are experienced and skilled in earning full and fair compensation for victims of defective products. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you deserve.

DePuy Hip Implant – Was Yours Recalled?

As a New Jersey and Pennsylvania DePuy Hip Implant Recall lawyer, I receive many telephone calls from hip replacement patients. Many of these folks have done their own independent internet research and have seen numerous websites discussin different hip implants that have been recalled over the years. The most recent hip implant recall involves Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. DePuy Orthopaedics is a fully owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that designs, manufactures, and markets orthopaedic and reconstructive hardware for the spine, knee, shoulders, and other joints. Not all of DePuy’s products are being recalled. At this stage, the only DePuy Hip Implant which is subject to the recall in the United States is the ASR XL Acetabular hip system. These hip replacement systems first became available in the summer of 2003 and were in use for approximately seven (7) years.

DePuy Hip Implant – How Will I Know If Mine is a Recalled Implant?

If you have had hip surgery before July 2003, then your hip implant is not part of the DePuy Hip Implant recall. However, if you have had surgery after July 2003 and your surgeon utilized a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip system, then your hip is subject to the DePuy hip implant recall. Many patients have already received information from Johnson & Johnson and DePuy regarding these recalled hip implants. However, the information provided by Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics does not provide the full scope of the remedies available to DePuy Hip Implant patients. In fact, as of this blog, neither Johnson & Johnson nor DePuy have made any commitment to paying compensation for pain & suffering, or the common compensatory damages that most defective product manufacturers are required to pay when they make, market, and/or sell a defective product.

DePuy Hip Implant Recall Lawyers in NJ and PA

The only way to know all of your rights is to contact a DePuy Hip Implant recall lawyer in New Jersey or Pennsylvania who can answer your questions free of charge. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you deserve.

DePuy Defective Hip Implants; How Were They Approved?

A common question among consumers who suddenly find themselves affected by a product recall is, “What is the process for FDA approval?” As a DePuy Hip Implant Recall attorney, I hear the question quite often. Surprisingly, the process is rather simple for products such as hip, knee, and shoulder replacements and parts.

DePuy Hip Implant Approval Process

depuy hip implant recall attorneys in new jersey and philadelphiaAccording to the FDA, DePuy’s first step towards FDA approval is the successfull completion of a number of clinical testing procedures set up by the FDA. However, in this instance, DePuy was able to avoid FDA scrutiny and it’s screening process by using a legal ‘back door,” which allowed it to circumvent the normal approval channels. This legal backdoor is known as a “510(k),” which permits pharmaceutical companies like DePuy (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), to avoid the normal screening process by claiming that their hip implants would be a “substantial equivalent” to other implant devices that have already been approved by the FDA. By claiming that their product was the “substantial equivalent,” DePuy was able to gain quick approval by the FDA to market and sell it’s ASR XL Acetabular hip implant system within the United States.

Unfortunately, the United States does not have an effective hip implant registry system to determine what the failure rates were for DePuy ASR hip implants and other substantially equivalent implants. This data had to come from the United Kingdom and Australia. Those hip implant registries demonstrated their ability to prevent patient harm. In both the United Kingdom and Australia, the registries were so successful in revealing data that showed the early and unacceptable failure rate of the DePuy hip implant system, DePuy phased out the hip implants long before the American recall. Now, given the debacle over the DePuy hip implant recall, the United States and the FDA are considering creating their own registry for implants, so that potential defects and patient harms can be identified sooner rather than later.

DePuy Hip Implant Recall Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

By cutting corners and dodging red tape, DePuy was able to skirt their responsibilities to their consumers. Had those implants been properly tested and assessed by the FDA, approval would have been halted and kinks worked out before patients could be harmed. If you or a loved one have been affected by a defective DePut hip implant, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you deserve.