The deadline to make a claim for injuries suffered because of faulty DePuy ASR hip implants has been extended to accommodate an estimated 1,400 patients who’ve had the devices removed since August 2013. Now, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay an additional $420 million to plaintiffs that underwent implant removal surgery between Aug. 31, 2013 and Jan. 31, 2015.
According to a recent Bloomberg article, DePuy made the announcement in response to growing pressure from plaintiffs’ attorneys and as an alternative to “protracted litigation.” A filing in a federal court in Toledo, Ohio shows that, under the same terms of the original U.S. Settlement Plan, each plaintiff is expected to receive approximately $300,000 for losses related to the faulty hip implants.
After all funds have been distributed, Johnson & Johnson will have paid out a total of $4 billion in damages related to its ASR hip implant device.
Johnson & Johnson originally recalled 93,000 ASR hip implant devices due to high failure rates. While the devices were said to last 20 years and provide patients with an increased range of motion and lessen pain, some patients began experiencing signs of metal poisoning due to the devices’ metal-on-metal design.
These plaintiffs filed lawsuits alleging, among other claims, that the metal ball and socket design of the hip caused chromium and cobalt ions to be deposited into the patient’s bloodstream, sickening them with toxic chemicals. Plaintiffs further allege that they were forced to have additional surgeries to remove the faulty devices.
If you were fitted with a DePuy ASR hip implant device after Aug. 31, 2013 but before Jan. 31, 2015, you may be eligible to receive up to $300,000 in compensation from Johnson & Johnson’s U.S. Settlement Program.
The Eichholz Law Firm can help you assert your legal rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact ourDePuyASR hip implant attorneys today to get your free consultation and take the first step toward justice.