We received numerous inquiries from perspective clients who were frankly concerned and angry when they became aware that the hip replacement product that they had put their trust in might now be defective.
As we discussed recently, DePuy Orthopedics issued a voluntary recall of its DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System in August, 2010.
The recall of DePuy hip replacement devices comes after hundreds of reports of problems from patients who received DePuy hip replacement devices over the past several years.
In addition to a large number of consumer complaints, a medical study completed by The National Joint Registry of England and Whale (2010) demonstrated a failure rate of DePuy products of more than 12%.
Due to the fact that many of the affected products have only been in use since 2005, the number of complications related to DePuy hip replacement products may actually be even higher than originally believed.
Many of the people who originally received defective DePuy products originally complained of pain in the hip where the hardware is located. An examination of the DePuy product itself indicates that the problems may orginate from the design of the product and the metal-on-metal contact that the device employs.
In addition to pain, people with DePuy hip replacement products have also reported the following:
- Hip dislocation
- Detachment of the product from the bone
- Dislocation of the hip replacement hardware
- Fracture of the bone(s) surrounding the implant
- Splintering of the metals used in the devices
By now, most patients who have received a related DePuy hip replacement product will likely have received notice from their physician or medical center where the procedure was performed. If you have relocated or are unsure if you received a DePuy product, you should contact your physician to inquire further.
In addition to removing the product from the market, DePuy has also established a system to field questions and concerns from people who have received an impacted hip replacement product who offers to provide payment for additional medical treatment.
Nonetheless, if you received a DePuy hip product since 2005, you may have legal rights related to both your past and future medical care and disability. Currently, this medical device litigation is in the primary stages and the real long-term impact of DePuy hip replacement problems may still be unknown.
Consequently, it is our belief that all recipients of DePuy-afflicted products may have a claim for future medical monitoring that should be paid for by the company.
We are committed to the investigation, litigation and compensation of all potential DePuy-related cases. Please fill out the contact form and our medical device lawyers will contact you to discuss your legal options with you.