A Federal Judge in Ohio Ordered All Defective DePuy ASR Hip Implants to Be Preserved
On April 6, 2011, U.S. District Judge, David Katz, handed down an order to preserve all of the removed ASR hip implants so that they can be used as evidence in potential lawsuits. Prior to this order, DePuy was asking that all explanted hips be returned to them so they could conduct their own testing on the defective product.
On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Those hip implant devices were found to have a much higher failure rate as compared to similar hip replacement materials. In addition, it was also discovered that the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system could also cause metallic particles to be released into the blood stream causing high levels of cobalt or chromium in the body that could potentially lead to additional injuries such as neurological deficits, organ damage, deafness, dementia or heart failure.
When DePuy first announced the recall, our experienced product liability attorneys were well aware of the importance of retaining the removed hip prosthetic. We worked closely with every one of our clients and orthopedic surgeons to make sure that the removed hips were properly preserved.
Many of the patients that contact us are confused and do not know how to proceed. Not surprisingly, many of the orthopedic surgeons are also confused. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective DePuy hip implant, please feel free to contact our Philadelphia DePuy recall attorneys at (215) 866-2424. Our experienced medical and legal teams here at the Philadelphia Beasley product liability law firm are here to help you.