In 2010, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., issued a global recall of ASR hip replacements because they had a high failure rate. These systems, including the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing products, have been sold since 2004 without FDA approval.
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The DePuy ASR devices are metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. Studies show that over time, the ball and socket components wear down, generating metal debris fragments. These fragments can cause fluids to build up in knee joints and surrounding muscles and usually lead to swelling and pain as well as serious damage to bones and important nerves surrounding the hip bones.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents several persons who have been injured as a consequence of DePuy and other similar metal-on-metal prosthetic devices. If you have suffered injury or financial damage because of a problem with a DePuy ASR or another metal on metal hip implant system, it is important that you speak to an Albany product liability attorney to protect your rights.
Symptoms of defective DePuy metal-on-metal hip implants may include:
Continuing symptoms may be signs of the implant loosening from the bone, dislocation of the implant, or fracture of the bone.
It is recommended that patients with ASR hip implant devices visit their orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and monitoring. If you are uncertain whether you received an ASR hip implant, you may contact your orthopedic surgeon or contact our office and we may do so on your behalf. You may also contact your primary physician or the hospital where your surgery took place.
DePuy claims that it intends to reimburse patients for “reasonable and customary” out-of-pocket medical costs associated with the recall, after patients have submitted their medical bills to their insurance company or Medicare. DePuy, however, will not compensate patients for their physical and mental pain and suffering of undergoing another surgery and rehabilitation and ignores any new or aggravated injury or disability, lost wages, and other significant expenses caused by its defective hip implants.
In addition to representing clients injured by DePuy products, we also have a successful record of helping people injured in similar type claims, such as: