DePuy Hip Implant Recall
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. recently announced the recall of its ASR Hip Replacement Systems, which have been implanted in 93,000 persons worldwide. The DePuy hip recall came as a result of a higher than acceptable rate of failure requiring another hip replacement within 5 years.
Gingras, Cates & Wachs along with Axley Brynelson, LLP have filed numerous cases in the Northern District of Ohio, which is the court handling the multi-district litigation. There has been a settlement agreement put in place, but people who have been implanted with a Depuy metal-on-metal hip may still be able to receive the just compensation they deserve.
Please contact Attorney Heath Straka at 888-357-7661 for more information about the DePuy hip replacement recall or fill out our DePuy Hip Implant Inquiry Form to be contacted by someone at Gingras, Cates & Wachs about this matter.
DePuy Implant Recall FAQs
If you had hip surgery after July 2003, you should contact your orthopedic surgeon or the hospital where your surgery took place to determine whether you received an ASR Hip. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. does not maintain a list of patients who received an ASR Hip. For privacy reasons, your orthopedic surgeon or hospital may ask you to request this information in person. If you had your hip surgery prior to July 2003, the hip you received likely is not subject to this recall.
If you had a DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System implanted after July 2003 you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer due to the defective and unreasonably dangerous nature of the product. The class action filed by GCW (PDF) only relates to the ASR™ XL total hip replacement system, not the ASR™ resurfacing system, because the resurfacing system was only approved for use outside the United States.
The recalled products include the DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System, a hip socket used in traditional hip replacements and the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur.
In August, 2010 DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of both the ASR™ XL total hip replacement system and the ASR resurfacing system, due to a much higher than expected rate of failure of the hip systems. Failures were due to or resulted in component loosening, component misalignment, infection, fracture of the bone, dislocation, metallic debris in surrounding tissue, elevated metallic ion levels in the bloods and pain.
If you received the ASR™ XL Acetabular System, you should schedule an appointment with your surgeon to evaluate how your hip system is functioning, and to have your blood tested to check for elevated levels of Cobalt or Chromium.
Problems will differ from patient to patient so it is important to contact your doctor or hospital even if you have not experienced any problems. The symptoms that have required a second hip replacement surgery include serious or ongoing pain, swelling/inflammation, loosening with possible detachment of the hip implant, dislocation of the hip implant, fracture of the bone around the hip implant, increased levels of Chromium and Cobalt in the bloodstream and/or other complications.
The experienced lawyers at GCW understand you are going through a difficult time. We are committed to protecting your privacy and providing compassionate and professional service. GCW has extensive experience and success in class action litigation.
GCW will represent any patient who has had an ASR XL total hip replacement performed in Wisconsin on a contingency basis. This means that you will not have to pay any upfront retainer fee and that there will be no charge for our attorneys’ time unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you individually, or as part of a class of individuals. In that case, the attorneys will be entitled to a percentage of any money recovered for the client or the class. You will not be responsible for paying any money out of your pocket to the attorneys. For a free, no-obligation consultation please call toll free 888-357-7661 or fill out the the DePuy Hip Implant Inquiry Form and someone from our office will contact you within one business day.