dePuy Hip Implant Recall, Cork Solicitor

dePuy Hip Implant Recall, Cork Solicitor*

DePuy ASR Hip Implants Recall

Johnson & Johnson announced the recall of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant system after data showed that 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) experienced pain and other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery, called a revision surgery.

The recall involved the ASR XL Acetabular System, a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur. Only the ASR XL Acetabular System was approved for use in the United States.

At least 93,000 people around the world have received one of the recalled Johnson & Johnson DePuy ASR hip implants.

What are DePuy ASR hip implants?

The DePuy ASR hip implants are a series of metal components used as artificial hip prostheses in the DePuy ASR Articular Surface Replacement System, the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System or the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System. These DePuy ASR hip implant systems were designed and manufactured to be used in total hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgery.

According to DePuy the patients who reported problems in the first five years and had revision surgery reported a variety of symptoms. These symptoms included pain, swelling and problems walking. These symptoms are normal if you have just had a hip replacement. If the symptoms continue or come back, it is a sign that there may be a problem.The symptoms above might be caused by problems such as:

Loosening – when the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the correct position

Fracture – where the bone around the implant may have broken; and

Dislocation – where the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned.

In March 2010, Johnson & Johnson issued a Safety Alert in relation to the DePuy ASR hip implants and in August 2010 it issued a Hazard Alert.

Who might be affected?

All patients who have had one or more DePuy ASR components surgically implanted by a doctor in Ireland may be suffering from the consequences of the faulty implant. They may not yet be aware that the implants are the source of medical problems they have suffered or may suffer in the future.

You should consult your doctor if you are uncertain as to whether you have a DePuy ASR hip implant.

What are my rights?

If you have undergone the hugely traumatic and painful hip replacement surgery you are entitled to expect that the materials being implanted are safe and fit for purpose. If you are required to undergo such surgery a second time you will face pain and suffering and risk of further medical complications which should have been avoidable. You may be entitled to claim compensation for personal injury, pain and suffering, medical expenses, care expenses. loss of earnings and distress.

Where can I obtain further information?

It is clear that the DePuy ASR hip implants were not fit for their purpose and were not of merchantable quality. Johnson and Company , Solicitors are acting for a number of clients who preparing to take legal action against DePuy on the basis of personal injuries, distress, loss, damage, medical expenses, loss of earnings and care expenses.

Book a telephone or face-to-face consultation with an experienced solicitor.

Call021 484 7771

or email enquiries@johnsonsolicitors.ie