If you were seriously injured due to a dangerous medical device, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney. At The Eichholz Law Firm, we put our experience and resources to work for our clients. We offer legal services related to knee and hip issues from medical devices manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
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A DePuy Hip Replacement Attorney Can Help You Pursue Justice
Defects in devices manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. have led to an unusually high number of hip implant patients needing revisionary surgery for a second hip replacement. A flood of DePuy hip replacement lawsuits already have been filed. The recall of the hip devices includes two products:
- DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System (launched in 2003)
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System (launched in 2004)
DePuy Hip Device Recall
DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has suspended product sales and has informed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the recall. A distressingly high number of patients with the DePuy hip devices have needed corrective surgery within five years:
- About 12 percent of patients who received the ASR Hip Resurfacing System
- About 13 percent who received the ASR XL Acetabular System
DePuy says that no more than five percent of patients should need a replacement within five years.
DePuy hip replacement systems have also been linked to cobalt poisoning. Cobalt is used to make metal-on-metal hip implants. The metal components of the hip device can rub up against each other, releasing metallic ions into the bloodstream. Cobalt particles can build up in the bloodstream thus resulting in cobalt poisoning.
Georgia residents who received a hip implant should talk to the orthopedic surgeon who performed the operation as your device may be loose. In some cases, there may be a bone fracture around the device, or dislocation of the implant’s ball and socket. The physician can perform a scan or X-ray of the hip to determine how the implant is performing.
Signs Indicating a Problem with Your DePuy Hip Device
If you or someone you know uses a DePuy ASR device, be aware of the following symptoms that the device may be failing:
- Pain in the hip area
- Difficulty walking
- Swelling in the hip area
If you are affected by the DePuy hip replacement recall, DePuy says the company is willing to offer hip replacement settlements to cover patients’ costs.
Be aware that you may be entitled to more compensation for your losses. DePuy ASR hip implant patients should contact a lawyer before signing any agreements with the manufacturer.
DePuy Knee Replacement Lawsuits
The Eichholz Law Firm investigates lawsuits for patients afflicted by DePuy Knee Replacement devices as well. The device was created to help people with lingering bone defects, extreme soft tissue damage, and trauma as a result of infection, previous surgeries, and cancer.
The FDA called for a Class I recall, as it was discovered the joint-section of the knee device may lead to fractures. This Class I designation denotes an item that may cause severe issues or even death. If wearing a faulty device, the patient may experience pain when shifting weight performing everyday activities. The taper’d connector between sleeve and base may not be able to handle a wide range of everyday movement.
DePuy Knee Replacement Side Effects
A long list of issues appear when using a faulty DePuy knee replacement device. Obvious signs like infection, fracture, and dislocation may signal a bad device. Please be aware of these more subdued symptoms:
Complications of Knee Replacements
- Inflamed, red skin
- Swelling in the knee
- Unusual sounds from the knee
- Unusual, labored gait
- General limited range of movement
As a result of these problems, DePuy Knee Replacement recalls took place. Specifically, the FDA recalled two products: LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component and the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve. These products were manufactured between 2008 and July 2012. DePuy issued an urgent recall and instructed hospitals to stop distributing the product and return any leftovers. The following part numbers were recalled:
Contact a DePuy Hip Replacement Attorney Today
Over the years, we have listened to many heart-wrenching stories from our clients injured due to defective devices. We understand their frustration, which fuels our passion for pursuing justice.