A hip replacement in itself is an orthopaedic success story, allowing hundreds or thousands of people to live a fuller more active lifestyle. However, five people from across the country have joined together in a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit that indicates they each suffered various complications from the metal-on-metal hip replacement, which is similar to the recently recalled DePuy ASR hip.
The issues came about when the DePuy ASR hip, made by Johnson and Johnson, was found to have certain design defects in the metal on metal construction which could possibly lead to “an increased risk of microscopic metal particles being shed as the metal parts rub against each other. This may increase the risk of metallosis, biologic toxicity and lead to a high failure rate,” according to an article written on March 28th on www.AboutLawsuits.com.
According to a Carlson Law Firm blog post, last year DePuy voluntarily recalled the problematic medical devices , when data revealed that within five years, one in eight patients required corrective surgery. Dr. Kevin Bozic, vice chairman of orthopedics at San Francisco Medical Center, explained that the 12 percent failure rate is roughly double the industry average. "It was a design failure that frankly wasn't picked up until they were implanted in thousands of patients."
If you or a loved one think you may have suffered from a DePuy ASR Hip replacement, contact us at The Carlson Law Firm. Whatever the nature of your legal need, the knowledgeable lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm can offer you the honest answers, sound legal guidance and dedicated representation you are looking for. Give us a call at (888) 335-7492 or contact us online for more information.