DePuy Recall Law Suit Judge Enters First Case Management Order

As a DePuy hip recall attorney, we had been providing posts that update the status of the pending Federal court DePuy recall lawsuits. As we previously posted, the federal litigation has been designated a "Multi-District Litigation," or MDL 2197, and has been venued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio under Judge David Katz. This consolidation only applies to DePuy claims that were filed in federal court and not to the DePuy hip claims that were filed in State Courts. Judge Katz has ordered the consolidation of these federal claims because, quote: "the actions share factual issues as to whether … [Read more...]

How Do I Know If My Hip Implant is a DePuy Hip Implant?

As New Jersey and Pennsylvania DePuy hip recall lawyers, we have been asked by patients, "How do I know if my surgeon used a DePuy hip implant? After all, there are literally dozens and dozens of different hip implant manufacturers, yet only a certain few of these hip implants have been recalled. Obviously, one way is to contact your doctor directly. However, many DePuy hip recall patients have had difficulty reaching doctors either because the doctors have retired, moved away, or do not have access to the operative records of the DePuy hip recall patient. Although contacting your hip replacement doctor is a good start, the only true way … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Implant Recall: What Should DePuy Pay For?

As a New Jersey DePuy hip replacement recall attorney, I am often asked why it would be unfair for DePuy to pay only for out of pocket medical costs and wage loss, and not to pay for other compensatory damages such as pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment. Many believe that the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary did not intentionally design, manufacture, market, and sell a defective hip implant. The argument goes that since the company did not act intentionally, it should not have to pay full compensatory damages. This argument is one that is made in all types of case, not just defective product cases involving medical devices. As a trial lawyer, … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Implant Recall – Johnson & Johnson Knew of Complications

As a New Jersey DePuy Hip Implant recall lawyer, I have been providing potential recall claimants with information about the DePuy hip implant recall. As we have written, in August in 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of giant pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, recalled two of its orthopaedic products; the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System. DePuy ASR Hip Resurafacing System The ASR Hip Resurfacing System was first introduced worldwide in 2003 and was only approved for use outside of the United States. The ASR hip resurfacing system was a partial hip replacement that involved placing a metal chromium … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Implants Cause Osteolysis

In the United States, hip replacement surgery is one of the most common orthopaedic surgeries that occurs each year. In fact, since 1997, there have been approximately 300,000 hip replacement surgeries performed in the United States. Without question, the development of prosthetic hip joint replacements, and the development of cement or "glue" to securely place these implant parts into the human skeleton, has been one of the most major advancements in orthopaedic surgery during the last several decades. Notwithstanding the numbers, as was detailed on our articles about hip implants, hip replacement surgery is not a cure for hip pain and … [Read more...]

After DePuy Recall, Patients Ask: “Did I really need that implant?”

Now that some 96,000 patients could potentially have a defective DePuy ASR hip implant, many patients are asking the question "Did I really need to have hip replacement surgery to begin with?" Many patients who elected to have the DePuy hip replacement surgery did so because they had hip pain and believed that this device would "cure" their pain. But, a hip implant is a treatment for the pain, not a cure. Why isn't a Hip Implant a Cure for Hip Joint Pain? The hip is a joint between the top of the leg bone ("femur") and the pelvis bone ("acetabulum"). Hip pain is caused when there is damage to this joint. The main function of the hip … [Read more...]

Are all DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implants Defective?

Recently, we have been asked if ALL DePuy hip implants are defective. Currently, there is no real answer because it is simply too soon to interperet the data on these defective DePuy hip implants. What is known is that the recall affects the ASR XL Acetabular System, which is used for total hip replacements, as well as the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which is used in a newer kind of procedure involving bone conservation. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System has not yet been approved in the United States, but according to Johnson & Johnson, some patients may have gotten these implants through a clinical trial when the company was seeking FDA … [Read more...]