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Over the past several months, news headlines have not been kind to DePuy Orthopedics. The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary was forced to recall an entire line of hip-replacement products following reports of product defects which resulted in:
- Hip dislocation
- Inflammation of tissue
- Pain in the area surrounding the hip implant
News reports confirm that David Floyd, the worldwide president of DePuy Orthopedics since 2007 will resign later this month to “pursue interests outside the company” according to a company spokesperson.
In the fourth quarter of 2010, DePuy took a $280 million charge related to the recall of its products. The recall-associated costs are completely independent of the substantial payments the company will likely be making to recipients of defective DePuy products pursuant to pending claims and lawsuits.
A substantial number of people who have received DePuy ASR XL Acetabular systems have substantial problems related to metal particles shedding from the replacement system. In some cases, a second hip replacement is necessary to remove the defective system. Yet in other circumstances, where the patient may be elderly or ill, little can be done other than to attempt to remedy the patient’s pain.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have been involved in DePuy litigation from the announcement of the recall. We continue to accept new DePuy Hip Replacement claims in Chicago and throughout the country. Given the lifetime of uncertainly associated with having a defective medical device, we suggest all recipients of DePuy hip products speak to a lawyer knowledgeable about the DePuy litigation to inform you of your potential legal rights.
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