- Issue: Defective artificial hip implants
An estimated 500,000 patients in the United States have received metallic hip implants. While marketed by device manufacturers as more durable than earlier generation artificial implants using ceramic, plastic, and other materials, many recipients of all-metal hip implants have experienced the premature failure of their implants. As a result, the injured patients have had to undergo further painful and costly operations, called revision surgery, to remove the faulty metal implant and insert a new device.
The DePuy ASR and certain DePuy Pinnacle, Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker AGB II, and Wright Profemur-Z hip system are all-metal or contain metal components which come in contact with each other, leading to friction that releases metallic particles.
The New York Times summarized the risks of metal-on-metal hip implant in 2010: "in some cases the devices can quickly begin to wear, generating high volumes of metallic debris that is absorbed into a patient's body. That situation can touch off inflammatory reactions that cause pain in the groin, death of tissue in the hip joint and loss of surrounding bone."
Symptoms of Hip Implant Failure
Patients who have received all metal implants should be aware of symptoms which may indicate that their device is not functioning properly. Common symptoms may include:
- Regular and prolonged pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling at or near the hip joint
- A limp or change in walking ability
Patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed lawsuits against DePuy seeking compensation for their pain, suffering, and other physical injuries, and the cost of replacement surgery and other financial difficulties as a result of the failure of their DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing systems and ASR XL Acetabular hip implants. The DePuy hip recall lawsuits charge that DePuy concealed the fact that its ASR hip implant was defective from patients and physicians.
Proposed Settlement of DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuits Announced On November 19, 2013, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy announced that they will pay at least $2.5 billion to settle thousands of individual lawsuits charging the ASR hip implant was defective. Each patient who had to undergo revision surgery to replace a faulty DePuy hip device would receive a base award of $250,000. In addition, J&J will set up a $475 million fund to cover the costs of extraordinary medical injuries, such as strokes, heart attacks or multiple surgeries to replace artificial hips.
Read a summary of the J&J DePuy hip settlement from Lieff Cabraser attorney Wendy Fleishman.
Learn more about the DePuy hip recall and lawsuits.
Attorney Wendy Fleishman Provides Information on the Stryker Case
In June 2012, Stryker Corporation recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. Lieff Cabraser represents hip replacement patients across America in lawsuits against Stryker to obtain just compensation for their pain, suffering, lost wages, and other losses from the failure of their Stryker hip implants.
Learn more about the Stryker hip recall and lawsuits.
Attorney Kent Klaudt Provides Information on the Wright Case
The Profemur-Z modular hip system is a hip replacement device manufactured by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Wright Medical marketed the Profemur-Z hip as being a more durable product than other artificial hip implants and one especially suited for persons with active lifestyles.
Lawsuits filed by patients against Wright Medical charge that the titanium Profemur hip is defective and that patients have experienced Wright hip injuries. Rather than functioning in the intended manner, the complaints charge that the titanium Profemur-Z modular neck is prone to fretting, degradation, and fracture.
Profemur patient revision lawsuits further charge that Wright Medical knew or should have known that the Profemur-Z modular neck was not safe for the patients, yet continued to market and sell the product. The medical device has an unacceptable failure rate -- approximately 11.2% after only three years following implantation, according to the Australian National Joint Registry.
Learn more about Wright Medical hip implant injury lawsuits.
Contact Lieff Cabraser
If you or a family member have had to undergo replacement surgery for a defective hip implant or have been told your prosthetic hip must be replaced, please use the form below to contact an experienced Lieff Cabraser personal injury attorney, or call us toll-free at (1) 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Lexi Hazam.
Lieff Cabraser has successfully represented hundreds of patients across America in individual defective medical device cases, including helping obtain a settlement worth over $1 billion for patients who received faulty hip and knee implants manufactured by Sulzer Corporation.
We welcome the opportunity to review your claim. We will respond promptly and there is no charge or obligation on your part to retain our firm as your attorney.
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing systems are trademarks of DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson Company. The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II are trademarks of Stryker Corporation. The Wright Profemur-z is a trademark of Wright Medical. These trademarks are used for informational and product identification purposes only. Lieff Cabraser is not affiliated with any of these companies, and nothing on this website has been authorized or approved by them.
By Wendy Fleishman.