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 or cobalt cap on the ball of the patient’s existing femur. depuy hip implant recall attorneys in nj and pa 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.

DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System

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. depuy hip implant recall attorneys in nj and pa

DePuy Hip Implant Patients Suffer Complications

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.”

DePuy Hip Implant Recall Attorneys in NJ and PA

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.

Medical Malpractice Averted by New Medication Management System

medical malpractice and negligence attorneys in nj and paMedical Malpractice in the form of medication errors has met a fierce contender in CareFusion’s Pyxis Medication Management System. CareFusion is a leading supplier of medical devices globally and, next week, will highlight their Pyxis medication management sytem at the 45th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in Anaheim, California.

Medical Malpractive vs. Pyxis Medication Management

The new Pyxis technology has helped hospitals who have utilized the system reduce medicinal errors by up to 33%. One 300 bed facility was able to cut medicinal errors by 93%! The technology works by simplifying the process of medication and supply management between hospital and patient. It also provides support for caregivers when it comes to prescription decisions. The Pyxis system helps facilities save time and money, while improving the quality of patient care.

Medical Malpractice Consequences

Approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer from a medication error every year. Of that 1.5 million, 7,000 will die. In addition to the cost of human life, the financial cost of medical errors is staggering at $3.5 billion in annual costs to the national health care system. Medicare and Medicaid are instituting new payment models, limiting cost reimbursements to facilities with poor histories regarding medication management.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadlephia

It’s a good sign that steps are being taken to reduce medicinal errors. It’s an even better sign that steps are being taken to enstate monetary punishments for those facilities that fail to meet certain standards regarding medicinal errors. Medical malpractice and negligence can seriousley injure or even kill patients. If you or a loved one have been negatively affected by medical malpractice by a surgeon, physician, or specialist, 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 Mininno Law Office Team earn you the compensation you need and 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.

New Jersey and PA Nursing Home Abuse and OBRA Regulations

As a New Jersey nursing home abuse law firm, we constantly speak with nursing home abuse victims and/or their families. Many ask if Congress has been actively involved in the prevention of nursing home abuse. While the answer is indeed YES, more work is needed.

Nursing Home Abuse Regulations through OBRA

nursing home abuse attonreys in new jersey and philadelphiaAs far back as 1987, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging held hearings to determine the scope of abuse that was occurring in nursing homes. The federal government deemed the nature and extent of the abuse occurring in nursing homes to be such a serious concern that at the same time, the United States Office of Inspector General further began an investigation designed to uncover whether or not nursing home abuse was widespread throughout this country’s long term care system. As a result of the Senate and the Inspector General’s investigations, Congress then enacted in the Ombudsman’s Reconciliation Act of 1987, or OBRA .

The act consisted of specific federal laws designed to protect the rights of nursing home patients. These regulations set forth patients’ rights to include an absolute right not to be abused physically or mentally by a nursing home staff. The nursing home guidelines in OBRA further sets specific nursing home guidelines that required nursing homes to set out medical policies, procedures, and practices to minimize patient injuries such as bedsores, malnutrition, falls, and other signs of neglect. Under OBRA, states are required to establish state nursing home departments where patients and their families can file complaints. These state nursing home regulatory agencies are also required to perform prompt investigations of any allegations of nursing home abuse, bed sores, pressure ulcers, bedsores, nursing home negligence and other nursing home quality-of-care issues.

Nursing Home Abuse Should be Reported Promptly!

As a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer, we typically advise our New Jersey nursing home law clients to file their complaints with the “Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly”. This office investigates allegations of bed sores, abuse and neglect of seniors, age 60 and older, who are living in nursing homes and other long-term healthcare facilities. Under New Jersey law, callers are entitled to anonymity, and the abuse investigation files are not open to the public. To file a complaint, you can call the 24 hour toll-free hotline at 1-877-582-6992, or email at

As a Pennsylvania nursing abuse lawyer, we advise our Pennsylvania nursing home law clients to file or report any allegation of abuse or neglect with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, 555 Walnut Street, Fifth Floor, P.O. Box 1089, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone (717) 783-7427, Fax (717) 772-3382 or the 24 hour state-wide elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505.

Though Congress’s OBRA protection laws have been around for over 25 years, it appears that Nursing Home abuse is still a systemic problem that continues to plague the quality of life of all seniors. As a nursing home abuse lawyer and advocate, we encourage Congress and States to continue to enact protections for the prevention of nursing home abuse.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered extensively due to the abusive or negligent actions of a nursing home or long term care facility, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. The NJ and PA nursing home abuse lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are prepared to handle even the toughest cases, in order to earn you the compensation you need and deserve. You may also call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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Medical Malpractice Events Not Decreasing, According to New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published research executed by Harvard Medical School that shows that the number of medical malpractice events (referred to in the article as patient harms) has not decreased in the last 6 years, despite numerous prevention efforts.

Medical Malpractice Study by Harvard Medical School

medical malpractice and negligence attorneys in nj and paResearchers examined 6 years worth of medical records from 10 different North Carolina hospitals. Over 2,300 admissions records were examined from 2002 thru 2007. Records were chosen at random and reviewed by teams of nurse reviewers. The study found 588 patient harms, including surgical errors, medicinal errors, and nosocomial (hospital-aquired) infections. Of those 588 medical errors, 84.4% were reported as “short-lived” and “not serious.” Fifty, however, were classifed as life threatening, with 14 resulting in death, and 17 resulting in permanent injury. Of the errors, 63.1% of them were abolsutely avoidable.

Harvard Medical School researchers explained that they chose North Carolina hospitals because of the state’s pristine history, as well as it’s dedication to preventing medical malpractice and promoting patient safety. Authors of the study said of the results:

“Though disappointing, the absence of apparent improvement is not entirely surprising.”

It seems that while certain preventative measures have been taken, there still exists an alarming lack of free-standing programs that help deter diagnostic and surgical errors. Much of the medical malpractice occurs when patients are transferred from one physician or facility to another. Patient and information transfers must be handled with meticulous attention and sometimes, in the hustle and commotion of an Emergency Room, that kind of attention is impossible to give. That is why programs and protocol should be put into place to assist in these transfers.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys at the Mininno Law Office

John Mininno, Esq. is a dedicated and hard working medical malpractice attorney practicing in New Jersey and Philadelphia. He is experienced in many different areas of medical malpractice, and is skilled at earning significant recoveries for victims of medical negligence. If you or a loved one have been victimized by neglience in an emergency or operating room, 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 need and deserve.

Medical Malpractice Causes Quadriplegia for Police Officer

17.7 million dollars was awarded to George Nissen after severe medical malpractice changed his life forever. medical malpractice and negligence attorneys in new jersey and philadelphia

Forty-seven year old George Nissen of Melrose Park, Illinois worked as a Stone Park Police Officer. On February 13, 2005, he responded to a complaint of a disturbance outside a town bar. While trying to dispurse the crowd and restore order to the area, Nissen was thrown over the hood of a car by one of the unruly crowd members. He struck his head on the curb. Nissen was quick to his feet, and none of his fellow officers suspected that any real damage or injury had occurred. A day later, Nissen was rushed to the hospital after having suffered a stroke, seemingly from injuries he sustained after the blow to the head.

Medical Malpractice at the University of Illinois Medical Center

He was admitted to the University of Illinois Medical Center to have an external ventricular drain inserted to drain the excess fluid on Nissen’s brain. The presence of the drain calls for close monitoring of intracranial pressure, which Nissen did not receive. His pressure levels rose to dangerous highs overnight and nurses failed to recognize or alert doctors of the complication, resulting in brain damage.

Today, Nissen is a quadriplegic, and can only communicate through eye or head movements. The University of Illinois has agreed to pay Nissen 16.2 million dollars, and an additional 1.5 million is being paid by an independant nursing agency that employed the negligent nurses.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one are victims of medical malpractice or negligence, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Our medical malpractice attorneys are experienced and knowledgable in all areas of medical law, and are prepared to work hard and earn you the compensation you need and deserve. You may also call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia. The Mininno Law Office team is here for you.

DePuy Distributes “Helpful” Handout for Defective Implant Claims

Recently, DePuy Orthopaedics posted a patient handout for hip implant claims on its web site. This implant recall handout is supposed to provide patients with detailed information about the full amount of compensation that patients would be entitled to receive if their surgeon implanted a defective DePuy hip implant.
That handout states as follows (click on the image to enlarge):

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DePuy sells Defective Hip Implants; Hires “Claims Adjustors” in Aftermath

In this country, our civil justice system deals with what happens when a corporation breaks the rules of society that are designed to keep citizens safe. Here, DePuy Orthopaedics has admittedly broken our civil rules of society by selling, for a profit, a defective product; more specifically, a defective hip implant. DePuy sold this product in order to earn a profit for its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, a publicly-traded company whose reported annual revenues of the 2008 fiscal year were $63.75 BILLION DOLLARS.

The question becomes:

What is fair compensation for a person who needs to endure pain, disability, loss of income, hospitalization, and the many risks associated with a second surgery when a $63.75 billion corporation sells, for profit, a defective hip implant?

Should a patient allow a DePuy claims adjuster, hired and paid by DePuy, decide what is their fair compensation? Would this DePuy employer be more concerned about a patient’s health and welfare, or the health and welfare of his/her employer Corporation?

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Ultimately, any person with a defective implant should consider presenting this claim to a jury of their peers to decide what would be fair compensation. DePuy’s “claim process” would shield the company from a jury of his or her peers to determine what this 63.75 billion dollar corporation should pay as fair compensation for its defective product – the ASR XL Hip Implant System.

We are strongly encouraging anyone with a potentially defective hip implant to 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.
We’ll inform you of all, not just some, of your rights.