By: Alison De Villiers
On March 8, 2013, a California jury awarded Loren Kransky $8.3 million in the first DePuy ASR case to go to trial. The jury found that the ASR hip implant was defectively designed and ordered DePuy Orthopaedic, Inc. to pay the verdict relating to its recalled metal-on-metal hip implant.
The DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was recalled in August of 2010 due to a high failure rate. It was never clinically tested for safety before it was sold and implanted in tens of thousands of patients.
Many of those implanted with the DePuy ASR hips have suffered from increased levels of cobalt and chromium, tissue death, pain, bone loss, and fluid collections/solid masses around the hip joint. They have also been forced to undergo revision surgeries to replace the defective hip. Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have continued to argue that complications arising from these metal-on-metal hip implants are due to other health issues of the patients.
There are many pending lawsuits involving metal-on-metal hip implants throughout the United States. Beckman Weil Shepardson is handling these cases and if you have any questions or concerns about your hip implant, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.