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Virginia man files lawsuit against DePuy

Posted on April 28th, 2013 No Comments

A Virginia man had a DePuy hip recall lawsuit filed on his behalf April 15 against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. The case will be tried in the U.S. District Court of Texas, Dallas Division.

The victim, who was not named, apparently was severely affected by negative side effects, including severe pain, discomfort, inflammation, and developed difficulty walking after he underwent a total hip replacement surgery on his right and left hips in January and April 2007.

The plaintiff was supposed to undergo another set of surgeries this April, but because of the complications that resulted from his left hip revision surgery in December 2012, the April surgery was rescheduled to September of this year.

The lawsuit claims that, with the plaintiff having to undergo revision surgery, the risk of complications has increased, especially considering his delicate condition.

Unfortunately, many other people like this man have been negatively impacted by defective DePuy hip implants. If this has happened to you, our attorneys at Williams Hart may be able to help you pursue legal action for your losses. Call 800-761-3187 to discuss your situation.

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Surgeon testifies that DePuy hip implants were reported to be safe

Posted on March 29th, 2013 No Comments

A surgeon appearing as a witness for a plaintiff who filed a case against Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Inc. for allegedly manufacturing defective ASR XL metal hip implants testified in an Illinois court room Monday, March 25.

Orthopedic surgeon Tony Nargol, an expert witness for Carol Strum, who is seeking punitive damages after having high concentrations of metal in her blood that were attributed to a DePuy ASR device implanted in January 2008, confirmed that his office created reports indicating the hip implant was safe to use. These reports were used in conferences only months before Strum had her implant put in.

Nargol’s report showed that only three out of the 243 hip implant surgeries performed required subsequent revision operations and that the results were consistent with an in-house DePuy report.

Unfortunately, many other Americans have sustained serious physical harm like Strum as a result of using the defective DePuy hip implants. Our lawyers at Williams Hart are prepared to help the victims of such incidents, so call 800-761-3187 if you have sustained physical harm by using these dangerous medical products.

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Docs submitted to SEC reveal further federal investigation

Posted on March 28th, 2013 No Comments

Johnson & Johnson’s annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, submitted Friday, February 22, revealed that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts and the Civil Division of the U.S. Justice Department sent the company an “informal request” for information about its ASR hip replacements.

The government has also asked for more documents from Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes, one of the largest manufacturers of joint replacements, surgical trauma equipment, and other orthopedic surgery products. According to documents, the company is complying with the government fully during this investigation.

Tragically, many Americans have suffered extensive harm, physically, emotionally, and financially, due to the defective hip implants marketed by DePuy. If this has happened to you, discuss pursuing financial compensation with a lawyer from Williams Hart. By calling 800-761-3187, you can learn more about filing a claim against the company responsible for your suffering.

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J&J hip implant design flaw known to company executives as shown through internal documents

Posted on February 25th, 2013 No Comments

Johnson & Johnson executives allegedly knew of a design flaw in its Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implant even before the product’s recall in 2010, as revealed by internal documents during a trial regarding the mechanism’s high failure rate.

Manufactured for the United States market in 2005, the product started getting flak from its users and doctors in 2007 after it failed a test that compared its performance with that of other hip implants and users complained of its tendency to fail prematurely.

The test showed that 40% of ASR implant users will experience having their devices fail within five years, which is eight times the failure rate of other hip implants tested.

The issue with the product was its defective cup design, which makes it possible for the corrosion of the metal cup and ball. This could lead to metal shards being released into an ASR user’s bloodstream, which could cause fatal side effects.

DePuy has been shown to be negligent in their manufacturing and release of their hip implant products. Thus, if you have sustained harm or loss as a result of these defective hip implants, discuss filing a legal claim with an attorney from Williams Hart. Call 800-761-3187 today to learn about your options.

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DePuy Class Action Lawsuit in Australia Settled

Posted on January 4th, 2013 No Comments

Johnson & Johnson, DePuy’s parent company, recently settled a class action lawsuit for defective knee implants that was brought against the company by numerous Australian residents. As a result of this settlement, any plaintiff who received a revision surgery after having the defective implant is set to be awarded around $31,000, while those who received multiple revision surgeries will be awarded around $65,000.

Although the DePuy LCS Duofix Femoral implant focused on in this lawsuit was never sold in the U.S., Depuy’s ASR Hip Replacement System and Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System were. Like the DePuy LCS Duofix Femoral implant, defects and negative side effects have been found to affect certain patients who have received these implants, resulting in many people filing claims against these companies.

If you, like many other Americans, have suffered from the repercussions of a failed DePuy implant, you may be owed compensation for your losses and suffering. Call a DePuy lawsuit attorney of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 today to discuss your situation and the legal options available to you.

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Study: Chronic diseases increase risk of sepsis

Posted on November 7th, 2012 No Comments

A study performed by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham uncovered a link between chronic lung, heart, and kidney disease and the increased risk of sepsis. The study also found that risk of future sepsis increases by 85% for people who have experienced a stroke and 71% for people who suffer from diabetes.

Sepsis is a serious condition that affects about 750,000 Americans each year, leading to nearly 200,000 deaths annually. Of those that succumb to sepsis, many are ill or elderly.

During this study, researchers found that sepsis is linked to older age, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, lower education, and lower income. The new study also shows that men are at a higher risk than women and that this condition affects white people more frequently than African-Americans.

A theory as to why chronic diseases are linked to sepsis proposes that the chronic inflammation of cells that line the blood vessels may cause the arteries to become diseased. This makes the immune system weaker when preventing infections, potentially leading to sepsis. However, the exact reason as to why sepsis overlaps with chronic disease is still not known.

Sepsis is also a complication of faulty DePuy hip implants. If you would like to learn more on this topic, please click here.

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Executives for DePuy to testify in hip replacement lawsuits

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 No Comments

Eight top executives for DePuy Orthopaedics must testify  in the court regarding the recall of DePuy’s ASR hip replacement systems and implants. The executives have been required to testify and will have a few months to gather notes, documents, and other needed materials.

As of now, there have been nearly 6,000 product liability lawsuits filed against DePuy, which have been consolidated into one case to be tried in Ohio. Another 2,000 lawsuits against the company are currently still in state courts.

DePuy recalled 93,000 hip implant devices after it was found that they caused bone fracturing, dislocations, and other serious health problems.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a recalled ASR hip replacement, contact the DePuy lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart today.

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Johnson & Johnson settles first three hip implant lawsuits

Posted on September 7th, 2012 No Comments

Johnson & Johnson is facing thousands of lawsuits over a subsidiary’s defective hip implant product that was recalled in 2010. However, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., has settled the first three cases involving the ASR hip implant for about $600,000 total.

The cases were scheduled to go to trial later this year, but the company decided to settle them for about $200,000 each instead of waiting for the results of the trials.

An estimated 93,000 people received DePuy’s ASR hip implants worldwide. Of this number, 37,000 patients are in the U.S.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a hip implant defect, contact the DePuy hip recall lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187.

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Statute of limitations deadline nearing for DePuy patients

Posted on August 3rd, 2012 No Comments

For patients who have suffered complications due to the DePuy ASR hip replacement implant, the deadline for filing lawsuits is quickly approaching.

If a patient requires a revision surgery after August 25, 2012, he or she may not be eligible to file for compensation from Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary company DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. DePuy recalled the metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement system in August 2010, so the two-year statue of limitations will reach its expiration date in August 2012.

Officials have said that most people who have received this replacement system have already been fitted for a new hip, but if they have not, it is important to know that the deadline is near and to talk to an attorney if they want to file a case.

If you have received a faulty hip replacement, contact the DePuy lawsuit lawyers today and visit the resource page to learn more on the topic.

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What is metallosis?

Posted on July 9th, 2012 No Comments

Metallosis is a condition that occurs when flakes of metal embed into a person’s soft tissue. This potentially dangerous health issue has been linked to metal hip replacement systems because the contact between the hip implant components can cause the metal to chip and flake, allowing it to lodge within a person’s soft tissue.

This type of metal-on-metal system, including DePuy’s ASR hip replacement system, was originally thought to be a breakthrough in medical technology because it was considered a more durable implant. However, this has proved incorrect, and thousands of these DePuy ASR systems have been recalled due to health dangers such as metallosis.

Metallosis is different than metal poisoning because it is not the toxicity of the metal that causes health problems but rather inflammation resulting from the embedded metal flakes. If a person receives a metal hip implant and then suffers from metallosis, he or she may experience nerve and soft tissue damage as a result.

If you or a loved one has experienced any type of metal poisoning after undergoing a metal hip replacement surgery, contact the DePuy hip replacement lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-761-3187.

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