If you or a family member suffered from a defective DePuy hip implant, you should know that manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics issued a Depuy recall for such hip implants in 2010 in the United States, shortly after it first made a DePuy recall for Australia.
The a U.S. hip implant recall clearly indicates DePuy made mistakes in the hip implant and is responsible for those errors. Victims have a legal right to seek financial compensation from DePuy by means of a DePuy lawsuit, which can claim damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The DePuy products recalled are from what’s known as the DePuy ASR Hip System. More specifically, they are the ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Such devices were implanted in patients as part of hip replacement surgery.
Though DePuy’s products were meant to endure for at least 15 years, some defective DePuy hip implants failed shortly after they were implanted during hip replacement surgery. As a result, victims not only suffered pain, but also had to endure a costly if not dangerous replacement surgery, known as revision surgery, in order to replace the hip replacement which failed.
Research shows that about 12 per cent of persons who received a Depuy ASR Hip System in hip replacement surgery required yet another hip implant surgery within five years. In fact, some persons had to have the DePuy device replaced within just a few months after it was implanted.
One of the serious problems caused by a defective DePuy hip implant is that the metal-on-metal device often grinds away tiny shards of toxic metal. These then spread into the body, resulting in pain and less mobility.
In other words, a device that’s supposed to enhance a person’s mobility often does exactly the opposite. No wonder DePuy issued its hip implant recall.
Of course, you may be wondering how a device already implanted in a body can be recalled.
The recall means that DePuy has offered to cover the expense of an additional hip replacement surgery in order to remove its defective device and replace it with a better one. Around 37,000 such ASR Hip Systems have received this DePuy recall.
But victims should be wary of this tactic. DePuy may want to keep the defective hip implant, which might make it more difficult for victims to file a successful DePuy lawsuit. The defective hip implant is important evidence.
Before taking any action, victims of defective DePuy hip implants should consult an injury attorney, hip implant lawyer or defective medical device lawyer to find out what legal rights they have.
Keep in mind that a DePuy hip implant lawsuit only can be pursued for those who had hip implant surgery after July 2003, since the defective DePuy hip implants recalled in 2010 weren’t sold before July 2003.
But for those who did have hip implant surgery with a DePuy device after July 2003, and then suffered due to its defects, a DePuy hip implant lawsuit can be filed.
Let our law firm help you seek the payments you legally deserve after a DePuy hip implant injury. We can provide you with a skilled and experience hip implant lawyer to fight for your legal rights.