How a DePuy Recall Lawsuit Attorney can Help You
Anyone who has received a recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement implant should use an attorney when seeking reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering. DePuy Orthopedics has offered to cover “reasonable and customary costs of testing and treatment, including revision surgery,” however the defective DePuy implant is dangerous and can potentially cause far greater damage.
The faulty DePuy ASR implants are known to cause pain, inflammation, fractures, and metal poisoning. DePuy Orthopedics managed to get the DePuy hip replacement implant approved by the Food and Drug Administration without the usual regulatory process that would have included clinical trials. DePuy used the 501(k) regulatory pathway by claiming that the DePuy ASR implants were not significantly different compared to the already approved DePuy Pinnacle implant.
The DePuy ASR hip replacement implants were introduced to the US in 2005 and over 90,000 DePuy ASR hip replacement systems have been placed in patients. Just five years later in 2010, several studies demonstrated that the DePuy hip replacement implants were failing in 13% of patients within 5 years of the DePuy hip replacement surgery. DePuy Orthopedics recalled the defective DePuy ASR implants in August of 2010.
DePuy ASR hip replacements are a dangerous design
These metal-on-metal hip replacement implants have a design defect that makes them very difficult to install at the correct angle. This defect makes the DePuy ASR hip replacement implant dangerous to the recipient’s health. The DePuy implant can loosen causing pain and discomfort, or even fractures and disfigurement.
Other long lasting side effects of the DePuy metal on metal ASR hip replacement systems can be caused by metal poisoning. Because the DePuy ASR system is a metal-on-metal design, friction from movement can release microscopic particles of chromium and cobalt into the tissue surrounding the joint. This metallosis caused by the DePuy hip replacement implant can result in pain and inflammation. The elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the patients’ blood can lead to heart irregularities, seizures, and neurological problems. And the metals in the DePuy implant have been linked to cancer.
Always speak to a DePuy Lawsuit Attorney before signing anything
Revision surgery isn’t the only expense a defective DePuy implant can cause. Pain and suffering as a result from inflammation and limited range of motion, metal poisoning, and fractures can all impact a patient’s life drastically.
DePuy Orthopedics is working with a third party claim evaluation company to process reimbursements for revision surgery. However, before you sign anything you should have your case reviewed by an attorney experienced with the DePuy Recall Lawsuits. You may be entitled to additional financial compensation for more than just your revision surgery and travel. You may be eligible for monetary compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, loss of work, and more.
If you or a loved one has received a defective DePuy implant, use the contact form on this page to get your Free DePuy case evaluation or call toll free 800-507-6230.
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