The first case involving the recalled DePuy ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems hip implant is now in the hands of the Los Angeles jury deliberating the case or a 65-year-old prison guard who says he was injured because of the defective design of the hip implants.
The Los Angeles case is the first of 10,000 hip implant lawsuits against the DePuy division of Johnson & Johnson to go to trial.
In 2010, approximately 93,000 of the DePuy hip implant devices were recalled after they had a higher than expected failure rate.
In closing arguments, the plaintiff’s attorney said that DePuy ignored data that the hip implants were failing and the complaints of surgeons.
The plaintiff in the case, Loren Kransky, is a former Montana prison guard who says he suffered from metallosis – metal poisoning – and other symptoms after he was implanted with the defective device.
Kransky’s attorneys are seeking $179 million in punitive damages and $5 million for pain and suffering.
The metal-on-metal design of the hip implant may cause shedding or cobalt and chromium ions. Some studies suggest that cobalt and chromium in the blood may lead to cancer and also contribute to heart disease. Both cobalt and chromium were used in the design of the DePuy hip implants.
One study published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that two patients suffered cardiac and neurological symptoms because metallosis. Patients were advised to have their blood tested for the presence of the metals.
If you or a loved one has been implanted with a metal-on-metal hip implant, you should talk to your doctor if you have symptoms or concerns about your hip implant. If you require a revision surgery or have complications due to the hip implant, you may wish to consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable about the DePuy hip implant recall.
Herbert Farber, founder of The Farber Law Group, has made it his mission to keep abreast in developments in the DePuy hip implant cases. As a hip implant patient himself, he is cognisant of the pain and suffering caused by a faulty hip implant.
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