As active participants in the Sulzer hip implant litigation, Loncar Lyon Jenkins is experienced in handling these types of cases.
Two hip replacement
products are the subject of an international voluntary recall by Johnson and Johnson’s orthopedic division, DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. The company is concerned that the hip replacement products will wear out in five years or less, requiring another hip replacement surgery. There have also been fractures of the artificial hips reported.
Those with the hip replacement have reported that they have had pain and swelling of the hip, even months following their surgery. Tests showed that the product had slipped out of the bone socket and in some cases had chipped or broken, leading to pain in hip. The metal systems are used for replacing worn, weakened or injured parts of the hip.
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Not all patients who have the product will require additional surgery. Consult with your doctor first to see if you are affected by this recall. Those most at risk of suffering complications are people who were fitted with ASR heads below 50mm in diameter and female patients. Those called back for review can expect to undergo a clinical examination, blood tests and an MRI scan, which will allow an accurate assessment of how the replaced joint is functioning. Some patients may require further surgery using a different type of joint replacement.
Most lawsuits that have been filed against manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics involving the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip Replacement Systems have been consolidated into federal court in the Northern District of Ohio under MDL 2197. The ASR hip systems were voluntarily recalled by DePuy in August 2010 due to abnormally high failure rates.
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On May 26, 2011, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated federal lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics concerning their Pinnacle® hip systems (another metal-on-metal system) into MDL 2244 in the Northern District of Texas. The Pinnacle® hip systems have not been recalled; however, unusually high failure rates are being noted in those devices based on hundreds of Adverse Event Reports filed by surgeons treating patients with the Pinnacle systems. There are several types of Pinnacle systems and Loncar Lyon Jenkins is investigating claims involving all types of Pinnacle implants. Some physicians are not ordering the blood metal ion tests for patients with the Pinnacle system because it has not been recalled. If you have a DePuy Pinnacle and cannot get the necessary blood work performed, Loncar Lyon Jenkins may be able to help.
If you or a family member has had hip replacement surgery and experienced lingering pain, swelling, fracture, or required additional surgery to repair or replace a damaged hip implant, contact my office immediately. You may be entitled to compensation.
*** DePuy Hip Implant Recall Medical Release Forms ***
Loncar & Associates is currently investigating claims regarding the DePuy
ASR Hip Replacement System. We have been informed that some doctors and medical
facilities are writing to patients requesting they register for a claim number
and sign a medical release form, authorizing the disclosure of their health
records to DePuy.
If you believe you currently have a product liability claim against DePuy,
or you are concerned you may someday have a product liability claim against
DePuy, you should NOT SIGN ANYTHING without
first contacting an experienced attorney.
We believe DePuy’s “offer” could possibly deceive potential claimants into
believing that the company has actually agreed to advance or reimburse costs
for medical monitoring or revision surgery. NO specific offer to
pay medical costs has been made and NO specific plan for
reimbursement has been announced by DePuy. In addition, DePuy has stated that
before reimbursement of expenses will be provided, it will review the patient’s
medical records to determine if the patient meets DePuy’s criteria for payment.
A blood test for metal ions may or may not be influential when determining the
necessity of a revision surgery. The necessity of revision surgery should be a
decision between a doctor and patient. At this time, there are no grounds DePuy
to become involved in your medical care. Loncar Lyon Jenkins will make
arrangements for our clients with the recalled DePuy ASR® hip
replacement to have the necessary blood metal ion test.
Again, we are discouraging individuals from signing any
forms or releasing any medical records to Johnson & Johnson/DePuy or their
attorneys. If an attorney is viewing your medical records in connection with
this litigation, that attorney should be one you’ve retained to protect your
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