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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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