On August 26, 2010, an announcement was made by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. They shared that they were going to recall two of their hip replacement products, the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. New data was brought to light that prompted the recall of DePuy hip implants. This data showed that revision surgery after a patient’s initial hip replacement was necessary in too many cases, due to pain and other symptoms.
Additionally, studies have shown that metallosis can occur with the DePuy hip replacement system because the device is metal-on-metal. This means that any patient that has the recalled device, whether pain or other side effects have occurred, could experience complications and should seek legal advice.
It is important to seek legal help now for you or a loved one who has had the DePuy recalled device implanted. It is not a good idea to wait to see if the implant fails to find the help you need. At Schneider Hammers, our dedicated personal injury attorneys are ready to sit down and discuss your situation with a free claim evaluation. While each case is different, victims of DePuy’s defective hip implants have recovered $500 million dollars.
DePuy Hip Metal Poisoning: What Is It?
Experts believe the composition of the ASR, which is metal-on-metal, can cause many issues and complications. As the device wears, it can generate an excessive amount of metallic debris that is left in your body. This can lead to severe inflammation response and lead to damage in soft tissues such as the muscles. Failure early on of this metal-on-metal device is concerning because the muscle and tissue damage caused by the metallic debris can compromise revision surgery.
Also, patients with the recalled ASR devices have shown to have excessive levels of cobalt in their bodies. Cobaltism is a condition resulting from excessive levels of cobalt in the body. It can result in vertigo, tinnitus, deafness, optic nerve damage, blindness, headaches, convulsions, hypothyroidism, cardiomyopathy, and peripheral neuropathy. For patients with impaired kidney function, cobaltism is even more concerning. Women who are pregnant and have the ASR could put their baby at risk of having elevated cobalt levels. Any patient who has a recalled ASR is at risk of developing cobaltism, not just those with failing hip prosthesis or hip pain. Because of this, it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.
Failed DePuy Implant: What Are The Symptoms?
Patients with the implant that have required corrective surgery have reported problems such as swelling, pain, and difficulty walking. A failed implant can also cause other issues such as:
- Pain when bearing weight on the hip
- Pain when walking
- Pain when standing from a seated position
- Groin pain
- Hip pain that is unexplained
- Thigh pain
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to share that with your orthopedist. You may find that your implant is the recalled DePuy ASR and that it has failed. Even if you haven’t experienced any of the symptoms associated with a failing hip device, it is still important to obtain legal advice because of the DePuy hip implant recall. Fill out our free case form to discuss your situation with a DePuy hip implant recall lawyer today.
Contact Schneider Hammers And Learn About DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits
For those who have received the hip replacement products that have been recalled, they may be entitled to take part in the DePuy hip replacement lawsuit. This includes recovering financial compensation for damages caused by the defective DePuy hip replacement. Also, ASR hip replacement patients may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering
While DePuy Orthopaedics has offered financial compensation to patients who have experienced the recalled hip replacement implant, the amount may not be enough to cover the damages. The amount only covers what the patient’s insurance did not pay and does not take into account any long term issues, including metal poisoning. Also, many people have had issues with DePuy and the third party company they hired, Broadspire.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy hip replacement implant, call our office today and do not wait for it to fail. Schneider Hammers’ hip implant recall attorneys are ready to provide you with a free case review. Our initial legal consultation is provided at no cost to you and we stand firm in holding medical device companies accountable when their products cause complications.