Hello, I’m attorney Rosemarie Bogdan. Hundreds of thousands of patients have received hip replacements, and if you’re one of them, there are two products you should know about. The Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement systems manufactured by Stryker. In 2012, these Stryker hip replacement systems were recalled due to the high number of early device failures being reported. The company stopped all global sales and production of these defective hip implants.
These hip replacements were recalled because the design is known to cause metallosis. Metallosis occurs when the hip implant sheds metal ions into the body. In these models, the forces created by body movement place stress at the femoral neck junction of the implant leading to wear. When the modular neck joint of the hip corrodes, it releases metal ions into surrounding tissue that can cause severe adverse events such as pseudotumors, metal poisoning, and tissue and bone death. These model hip replacements are also susceptible to breaking, loosening and dislocating.
If you have or had a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II Hip Replacement, you may be entitled to compensation.
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DePuy Hip Replacements
More than 12,000 patients who received a DePuy ASR XL or Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement have sued DePuy over their device’s malfunction, alleging that the company knowingly sold defective and dangerous products. Patients claim to have suffered complications and have filed lawsuits to help pay medical expenses, recoup lost wages and cover other economic losses. They are holding DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson accountable and may receive compensation from a settlement or jury verdict. The company has already put aside more than $4 billion to settle claims.
A History of Failure
DePuy Pinnacle hip implants as well as DePuy ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing systems were designed and manufactured for patients requiring new hips or resurfacing. In August 2010, two DePuy metal hip implants were recalled – the ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing system – and a settlement program was put in place for patients with faulty ASR hip implants. In 2013, DePuy announced that it was taking all of its metal hip implants off the market.
Patients are claiming that when the devices fail, they release microscopic shavings and metal debris into surrounding tissue. When these fragments enter the bloodstream, they can lead to a list of harmful complications including metallosis, an excessive exposure to metal that is characterized by a painful inflammatory reaction and high blood metal count. Once the hip implants fail, they must be replaced through revision surgery.
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling at or near the hip joint
- Damaged tissue
A Trail of Negligence
Although the company willingly recalled its ASR hip systems, plaintiffs allege that DePuy was aware of problems long beforehand and actively worked to suppress evidence of malfunction. According to a report by The New York Times, internally, DePuy projected that ASR devices would fail in 40 percent of patients within five years, which was eight times higher than the failure rate of other devices.
While patients suffering severe pain and crippling injuries caused by the devices spent years trying to convince doctors there was a problem, Johnson & Johnson was denying there ever was one. Plaintiffs claim that if they had been properly warned about the risks associated with ASR and Pinnacle devices, they would have chosen other treatment options.
And DePuy is not the only company coming under fire for faulty hip replacement devices. More recently, complications have arisen from Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants resulting in recalls and additional lawsuits from injured victims.
If you or someone you love is suffering and believe it is related to a DePuy hip implant, call a lawyer you can trust today. Our experienced DePuy attorneys are available to speak with you about your rights and what compensation you may be entitled to. Call us 24/7 at 1800LAW1010 (1.800.529.1010).