DePuy Hip Replacement Injury Lawsuits
DePuy Orthopedics is one of the most popular manufacturers of hip replacement implant devices in the world. In 2010, DePuy made the voluntary decision to issue a wide-ranging recall for two of its highest selling products, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, which the company claimed was due to a higher than anticipated rate of failure in these products. Since those recalls, a third product manufactured by DePuy – the Pinnacle hip implant – has also been identified as a potentially defective medical device, though the company has not yet issued a recall.
Tens of thousands of hip replacement recipients have reported serious health complications with various DePuy hip replacement models, and there are thought to be thousands of additional potential victims with viable grounds for a lawsuit.
DePuy Hip Replacement Injuries and Complications
Hip replacements are among the most common medical procedures in the United States today, particularly among the elderly demographic. Between the years 2000 and 2010, the number of recorded hip replacement procedures in the U.S. doubled, from 138,7000 to 310,800. According to one major study, patients aged 45 years and older accounted for more than 95 percent of hip replacement recipients.
The main drivers behind the increased popularity of hip replacement procedures are technological advancements in hip replacement products in general and the overall recovery process. Additionally, studies have suggested that the baby boomer generation is less willing to accept physical limitations associated with arthritis and other conditions common among the elderly.
While it may sound promising that more and more people are being afforded the opportunity to improve their physical abilities in old age, there has also been a significant increase in documented injuries, illnesses, and other adverse effects resulting from DePuy hip replacement products. Some of these adverse effects include:
- Metal toxicity in the blood, also called metallosis
- Slipping and loosening of the synthetic joint
- Fracture or cracking of affected bones
- Total dislocation or failure of the hip replacement implant
- Dangerous and life-threatening infections
Although the FDA does not explicitly require manufacturers to conduct extensive testing of hip replacement devices before they are approved for the marketplace, the FDA does require that all medical products are safe for the public. The federal government also dictates that companies are responsible for warning patients of any known risks or dangers associated with the medical devices they manufacture and market.
Who Can File a DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
Any patient who has undergone a DePuy hip replacement procedure – especially if the procedure involved the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, ASR XL Acetabular System, or Pinnacle Hip Implant – and has suffered any of the above side effects or injuries as a result may have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit against DePuy.
It is very important that you do not delay in seeking legal assistance with pursuing a claim, as there are strict time limits on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. Our team of attorneys will review your case for free, and there is no obligation to hire an attorney if you contact us. Use the confidential form on this page to get started, and someone from our office will be in touch with you soon.