Have You Experienced Adverse Effects Following a DePuy, Pinnacle & ASR Hip Replacement?
If you or a loved one have experienced serious medical problems after hip replacement surgery, you may be suffering due to a defective hip implant. There are many brands and types of DePuy metal hip implants that have been deemed defective such as the tedium® ASR™ hip-replacement/ASR™ XL Acetabular® System.
If you or a loved one suffered severe pain, medical problems or had a revision hip replacement surgery, call the experienced Massachusetts defective product lawyers at the Attorney Injury Group at 617-934-7000. We will investigate your DePuy defective product claim and work to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.
Side effects of the defective metal hip implants include:
- Cobalt or chromium poisoning
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Painful and pronounced limp
- High levels of metal in the bloodstream, a condition known as metallosis
- Swelling on and around the hip joint
- Revision surgery
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into complaints involving other metal hip-replacement systems and at the Attorney Injury Group, we continue to stay up-to-date with any new information the administration offers.
Every year entirely too many dangerous medical devices make it to market, posing a threat to those who use them. People put their trust in the FDA and assume this administration will protect them, but unfortunately that is not always the case. A perfect example of this is the case of the DePuy hip replacement. Patients and physicians expressed their concerns to the U.S. government but were initially ignored. It was not until the devices were recalled in Europe that the U.S. government began to listen and take action.
While U.S. authorities warned of some dangers associated with the DePuy hip replacements, they did not warm of metal shavings in soft tissue and possible blood contamination like the European authorities did.
The FDA has also faced criticism for allowing political contributions to impact its decision-making process. This criticism comes from the FDA allowing companies, who benefit from a device’s approval, to conduct testing of the devices.
Johnson & Johnson took a $1 billion charge on its books as a result of the ASR system’s recall. Nearly 10,000 systems were recalled in 2010 by Johnson & Johnson. Patients reported pain – in multiple cases worse than what prompted them to have hip replacement surgery – and other medical complications. Within the first 5 years about 1 in 7 patients reported severe complications following surgery.
Thousands of patients have filed a lawsuit due to severe complications following a hip replacement surgery. This averages almost 20 new cases daily! The lawsuit claims DePuy Orthopedics Inc. and Johnson & Johnson sold the defective product without warning consumers of the risk of failure associated with their products as well as metal poisoning caused by cobalt and chromium shavings.
There have been over 7,500 complaints filed to the FDA. Often patients are required to undergo revision surgery, despite the fact that the DePuy ASR system was advertised to consumers as a device that would last for 15 years.
Patients went through this procedure in hopes to regain mobility and quality of life. Unfortunately, they are facing additional surgery, pain, decreased mobility and additional medical bills. If thou or a loved one are suffering due to a defective hip implant or other joint implant should contact a Boston defective medical products law firm to discuss their rights.
The Attorney Injury Group will fight aggressively to protect your rights. If you or a loved one suffer from adverse effects following a DePuy, Pinnacle & ASR hip replacement call the experienced medical device recall attorneys at the Attorney Injury Group for help. Call us today at 617-934-7000 for a FREE, confidential consultation. When you call our experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyers, we will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you.
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