If you are a victim of the DePuy hip recall, there are few things you should know:
1. Not all DePuy hip implants are being recalled.
As a New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyer, I get many telephone calls and emails from patients who have had hip replacements. As we posted on December 2, 2010, only certain DePuy hip implants are subject to the recall. Please click on the next link to read whether or not your hip implant is part of the DePuy hip recall.
2. Your implant will need to be replaced whether or not you are having symptoms.
We are often asked, “Do I need to have my DePuy hip implant replaced if I’m not experiencing symptoms?” Yes. Because of the unusually high wear and tear, and because of the metallic shed rate in DePuy implants, medical research has predicted that nearly all of the DePuy hip implants will fail within ten years of use whether or not you are experiencing symptoms. See our November 18th post for more information about the ASR replacements.
3. Do not feel obligated to speak with DePuy Orthopaedics or Johnson & Johnson representatives or claims adjusters.
We are strongly encouraging any patient to contact a lawyer to represent them. As we posted previously, DePuy is not offering fair compensation and is passing on the cost of its defect on to patients and their insurance carriers. These claims adjusters on behalf of DePuy are not looking out for your best interests and you may lose your rights by dealing with them: click to read about Johnson & Johnson tactics.
4. Patients should insist on blood tests to determine if their hip implant is releasing metals into their blood system.
We are often told that “DePuy hip replacement patients’ x-rays look fine,” and therefore will likely not need surgery. Medical research shows that x-rays are the least effective way to determine if your hip implant is failing. You should insist on blood tests that specifically identify the release of cobalt and chromium into your body. You should consult with an infectious disease doctor to see whether or not you are experiencing any signs or symptoms related to a depuy hip implant failure.
If you are the recipient of a DePuy 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.
If you are one of the 93,000 patients affected by the defective DePuy hip recall, you should expect to receive an unwanted telephone call from a DePuy hip recall insurance adjuster paid for by DePuy Orthopaedics and their parent company, Johnson & Johnson.
This insurance adjuster is a trained professional working on behalf of DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson to reduce your potential exposure to damages. While they may seem to be concerned for your well being and deeply apologetic for issues arising from the hip recall, these skilled claims adjusters are following a careful script.
First, these DePuy hip recall adjusters will try to gain trust and become something of a confidant. They will promise to help by paying for medical bills and offering other compensation. But some patients have reported being probed by DePuy insurance adjusters regarding post-operative symptoms, even though these adjusters have no medical training to determine whether symptoms are related to a defective DePuy hip implant or some other condition.
DePuy hip recall insurance adjusters are not your friend, do not represent you, and are not looking out for your best interest. Instead, they are documenting everything that you are and are not saying. They will likely utilize the information during later litigation to deny or minimize your right to recoveries.
What’s worse; although all DePuy hip implant patients have legitimate medical questions that they would like to ask, the DePuy claims adjusters are trained not to provide any meaningful answers, but to simply gather information and discourage recall victims from seeking proper legal representation.
As a New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawfirm, we believe that patients are entitled to far more than what is being offered by Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics. All DePuy hip implant patients are entitled to full and fair compensation, which includes full payment of medical bills, wage losses, pain and suffering compensation, and any and all damages which are lawfully permitted under our civil justice system.
If you are a victim of the DePuy hip implant recall, 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.
Don’t let a DePuy insurance claims adjuster rob you of your right to full and fair compensation. Let a DePuy hip recall lawyer earn you the recoveries you are entitled to.
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 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.
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.
As a DePuy hip recall lawfirm, we have been watching the DePuy website to see whether they are really interested in paying full and fair compensation to anyone who was harmed by one of the ASR hip implant systems that were recalled. DePuy has made many public statements proclaiming that they were concerned and looking out for the best interests of their hip implant patients. However, these public statements are inconsistent with DePuy’s hip implant claims policy.
In the Johnson & Johnson subsidary’s first press release, which was sent out on August 26, 2010, they boasted that they would cover “reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment for services.” This was their first “offer” of compensation. This vague statement really meant nothing. DePuy refused to even acknowledge whether or not they would cover lost wages, medical expenses, or any other of the typical compensatory damages that defective product makers are required to pay to makeup for the harm they cause to their patients. In this case, if you are one of the 93,000 DePuy ASR hip implant patients and your hip implant has failed, or you are concerned about metal poisoning your system, you will likely need a second hip implant surgery.
As a DePuy hip recall lawyer, I make sure to let my clients know that hip implant surgery will dramatically affect how they are able to live their lives while recuperating from surgery. In addition, there is not any medical way to determine what long-term effects may occur to patients from having a second hip implant surgery, or from the release of the DePuy chromium and cobalt metals into their bloodstream.
DePuy hip recall lawyers believe that DePuy’s “offer” is unfair. We will continue to urge all potential DePuy hip recall clients that they are entitled to full and fair compensation. After all, they did not cause their own harm – DePuy did. Why should the cost of DePuy’s defective product be placed on the victims?
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.
Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the full and fair compensation that DePuy is trying to evade.
As a New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip implant recall firm, we have posted information regarding the recent market withdrawal of the DePuy ASR hip implant systems. On its web site, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary claims that it will cover medical costs for the victims of these defective hip implants. Specifically, it states
“DePuy intends to cover reasonable and customary costs of treatment if you need services associated with the recall of ASR including revision surgery if it is necessary.”
This sounds good, right? But what does this promise really mean?
As a DePuy recall lawyer, we tell our clients that it means nothing. Why? Because before any claims for compensation are considered, DePuy, who admittedly designed, manufactured, and sold for profit a defective hip implant to 93,000 patients, is requiring those patients to first pay for their medical expenses upfront. That’s right, if your hip implant has failed, and you need treatment or surgery, you first have to send your bills to your own health insurance company and, if you don’t have private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. DePuy will only then consider a claim for reimbursement for any out of-pocket expenses and deductibles that are not being covered by your health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.
Imagine that! DePuy is passing off the cost of its own wrongdoing to working folks whose wages go to fund the Medicaid and Medicare health insurance systems.
Time and time again, corporate wrongdoers fail to take responsibility and pay fair prices on all of the harm that they cause. As we posted previously, DePuy also refuses to fairly compensate its victims for pain or disability, or for the loss of the activities that many of them enjoyed before their hip implant failed. As defective product attorneys, we will demand that DePuy Orthopaedics make up for all of the harm caused by their wrongdoing. As it stands, DePuy refuses to pay a fair price for harm caused and is trying to push the cost of its harm on to insurance companies and the U.S. taxpayers. As a defective products firm, we can make sure that a DePuy implant victim is properly and fully compensated to the full extent of the law.
If you are the recipient of a defective DePuy implant, you will need the assistance of a defective products lawyer from the Mininno Law Office. DePuy is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the victims of their faulty and defective manufacturing. 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 team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you need and deserve.
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.
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 or cobalt cap on the ball of the patient’s existing femur. Since it was a partial replacement of just the cap, DePuy marketed it as a less invasise hip replacement. The problem with the ASR Hip Resurfacing System system, according to DePuy’s website, is that the independent national joint registry of England and Wales showed a five year failure and revision rate of approximately twelve percent – that’s 1 out of every 8 patients.
Similarly, the same publication showed a five-year revision rate of 13%for the ASR XL Acetabular System which was widely available here in the United States. The ASR XL Acetabular System was the more traditional total hip socket replacement.
According to DePuy, there are approximately 93,000 patients who have received one of the recalled hip ASR hip implant systems. Given the shockingly large number of patients who have potentially defective hip implants, there have been patients who have already experienced medical problems. As a result, there already have been several lawsuits filed by patients who have had pain, swelling, and damage to surrounding structures and tissues. These lawsuits claim that DePuy’s billion dollar parent company, Johnson & Johnson, knew for years that many of the 93,000 patients with these defective implants required corrective surgery more frequently than the traditional implants. More lawsuits are pending as additional information becomes known about what executives at DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson knew about this product defect. Ironically, these very same DePuy Orthopaedic ASR hip system continue to be listed on the Johnson & Johnson website, listing their subsidiary as a maker of “innovative implants and technologies for the treatment of joint and spine conditions can get you back to an active, pain-free daily routine.”
Similarly, Johnson and Johnson’s website further states that promotes DePuy and states “your doctor can use a product from DePuy to help build an ankle, elbow, hand/finger, hip, knee or wrist as well as arthroscopy products for shoulders, and put you on the road to recovery everyday.” Finally, the Johnson & Johnson website lists recalled hip implant under “sports medicine and trauma” wherein it states “enjoy an active life again with products for the surgical treatment of knees, as well as soft tissue and shoulder repair.”
As a New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyer, we have fielded many questions about these potentially defective devices. Although some 93,000 patients now have a potentially defective hip implant that has been the subject of a recall and litigation, Johnson & Johnson continues to promote their subsidiary as a trusted hip implant maker for patients. It is no wonder that patients who have trusted and relied upon Johnson & Johnson to manufacture a safe and longstanding hip implant are seeking recourse in the courts. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According 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.
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.
DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has recently recalled it’s line of ASR hip implant systems used in hip replacement surgeries.
It seems the implants are defective products, malfunctioning in a few different ways.
Sometimes, the DePuy Hip Replacements are loosening, meaning that the implant is no longer attached to the bone in the right position. In other instances, the implants are dislocating, and the two parts of the system that move together are no longer aligned.
Metal particles are wearing off of the ball socket components of the implants that rub together, and, over time, can cause fluid build-up in the muscles surrounding the joint. These metal particles could potentially cause significant harm the muscles, bones, and nerves around the hip.
If you have recently received a hip implant, and find that you are suffering through pain that exceeds the expected recovery period, you may have received a defective implant from DePuy Orthopaedics.
Contact your orthopaedic surgeon to find out who manufactured your implant, and then contact a defective products attorney at the Mininno Law Office: we will work hard to fight for you, and earn you the compensation you deserve.
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.