DePuy Orthopaedics is the subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The company has agreed to pay $2.475 billion to settle what amounts to thousands of claims related to patient injuries suffered as a result of defective ASR hip implant parts. The settlement was approved by U.S. District Judge David A. Katz of the Northern District of Ohio. Judge Katz is overseeing the consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) of more than 10,000 DePuy claims.
The ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems were recalled in August 2010 after reports that there was an unusually high rate of that device failing within five years after being surgically implanted.
Individuals who had this hip replacement device implanted have suffered a number of different kinds of ailments. For one, because of the metal-on-metal parts contained within the hip system, patients have developed metallosis, which is metal poisoning. Shavings from the metal-on-metal device move from the hip ball into the hip socket, causing small metal particles to enter the bloodstream.
Other patients receiving the implants voiced concern about continuing pain in the area of the implant and others may have been without symptoms, but still were at risk of suffering latent illnesses associated with the device. Still other patients have complained that in addition to pain and swelling, the ASR hip implant may have loosened from the bone.
As many as 93,000 individuals are affected by the DePuy ASR recall. If you or someone you know has received the DePuy ASR hip implant device, has had a revision surgery or has other symptoms, Kreisman Law Offices has been handling mass tort, product defect cases and pharmaceutical cases for more than 37 years, in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Chicago (Lincoln Park, Chatham, Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Village, Hegewisch, Lawndale), Niles, Skokie, Des Plaines, River Forest, Oak Forest and Elk Grove Village, Ill.
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