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National Law Firm Continues Filing DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits

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National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, is continuing to file DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits. The most recent case involves a 62-year-old Virginia resident who sustained serious injuries alleged to be the result of a defective metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implant. The device was manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson.

The lawsuit was filed on April 12, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197. (Case No. 1:10 mdl 2197).

DePuy Orthopaedics issued a worldwide recall of its ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR Acetabular System in August 2010. The recall followed release of data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales in which it revealed that 1 out of every 8 patients—approximately 12%-13%—who had received the devices required revision surgery within five years

According to the complaint filed by Parker Waichman LLP, the plaintiff, a woman from Ferrum, Virginia, received a DePuy ASR hip implant on October 10, 2007. By February 2011, she was in pain and was diagnosed with high chromium and cobalt levels linked to the metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implant. The lawsuit seeks, in part, compensatory and punitive damages and medical monitoring.

This is just one of several complaints filed by Parker Waichman LLP on April 12 in the Northern District of Ohio on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by the DePuy ASR device. Since the worldwide DePuy ASR Hip Implant recall, thousands of similar lawsuits have also been filed against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson by patients implanted with defective ASR hip implants and who allegedly suffered serious injuries because of the recalled devices.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting a safety review of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR. Also, last May, the agency directed 21 companies that market all-metal hip replacements, including DePuy, to conduct post-market studies of their products to determine if they shed dangerous levels of metal debris in patients outfitted with the implants.

The FDA also recently announced that its Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel is scheduled to meet June 27 – 28 to discuss the risks and benefits of all-metal hip systems, as well as potential patient and practitioner recommendations for their use.

The meeting was scheduled after a large study was published last month in the journal, The Lancet, revealing that there is a 6.2% increased risk in patients who have received all-metal hips to need a replacement device within the five years. According to the study’s authors, “Metal-on-metal stemmed articulations give poor implant survival compared with other options and should not be implanted.” In February, a report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) stated that metal-on-metal hip implant makers were aware of increasing evidence linking the devices to serious, long-term health consequences and, for years, never warned the public about the dangers. According to The Lancet report, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide may have been exposed to dangerously high levels of toxic and potentially cancer-causing metals from failing metal-on-metal hip implants.

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