DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuit
After the DePuy hip replacement recall, it is important to have some basic information regarding the recall and your legal options including being part of a DePuy hip recall lawsuit.
When was the DePuy recall issued?
On September 9, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics issued a recall of two of its hip implants: the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System was only sold outside of the United States, but the ASR XL Acetabular System was sold worldwide. These two hip systems became available in July 2003. If you had hip surgery before July 2003, then your hip replacement is not on the recall list, and you should not need to know any further DePuy hip recall lawsuit information. If you had hip replacement surgery after July 2003, you should contact your surgeon or the hospital where the surgery was done and ask if you received the DePuy ASR hip. The company does not keep a list of patients who received its hip products.
What does the DePuy hip replacement recall mean?
If you are subject to the DePuy Hip Recall, it does not necessarily mean that you will need to have another hip implant. You should schedule an appointment with your surgeon for an evaluation. Your surgeon may order blood tests or imaging scans to see how your hip is functioning. Your surgeon will then determine the most effective treatment plan for you. Your surgeon will probably not be able to provide you with DePuy lawsuit information, so it is important to contact an experienced attorney, too.
Why was the DePuy ASR Recall implemented?
The DePuy hip recall was issued because data it received showed that five years after the hip was implanted, 12% of patients who had received the ASR Resurfacing System and 13% of patients who received the ASR total hip replacement needed to have it replaced. This replacement surgery is called revision surgery.
When was the first DePuy lawsuit?
DePuy ASR lawsuit information about the first case is contained in the case brought by Kathleen Margenau in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, Florida, in June 2010. She received the ASR hip implant in March 2008 and alleged that she began experiencing pain and weakness in her hip and quadriceps immediately. Just over a year after her hip replacement surgery, Ms. Margenau suffered what her doctor called a “catastrophic failure” and the hip device was replaced with another artificial hip system from a different manufacturer. Unfortunately, this has happened to a number of other people, as well, and other lawsuits are being initiated all over the United States.
If you have the DePuy hip that has been recalled, you should also contact an experienced attorney to discuss all of your claims and find out more DePuy hip recall lawsuit information.