A jury has awarded Loren Kransky, a former prison guard, $8.3 million in his case against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics. Kransky suffered severe side effects after he received DePuy’s ASR XL implant. The jury found that the hip implant caused metal poisoning and other health problems. However, the jury did not believe that the company acted in malice which prohibits Kransky from receiving punitive damages.
Kranksy’s suit is the first of thousands of similar cases to reach trial in the United States involving an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint that was pulled from the market two years ago.
According to the Associated Press, Johnson & Johnson has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.
DePuy Orthopaedics plans to appeal the verdict.
More than 90,000 people worldwide received the implant over eight years.
If you or a loved one has experienced adverse side effects from a hip implant, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact the defective product attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm today.
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