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Hip Replacements Failing | Hip Replacement Lawsuits Filed

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Metal On Metal and Metal Components Hip Replacement Lawsuits 

 

Hip replacement implants that can cause serious injury

DePuy Orthopaedics

  • ASR XL Acetabular System
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System

Zimmer Holdings

  • Durom Cup

Stryker Orthopaedics

  • ABG II modular-neck hip stems
  • Rejuvenate
  • Accolade

Stryker lawsuits have been consolidated into into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.

 

MicroPort Orthopedics Inc.

  • PROFEMUR Neck Varus
  • Valgus CoCr 8 Degree, Part number PHAC 1254.

Biomet

  • M2a metal-on-metal hip devices

Biomet M2a Magnum hip lawsuits have been  transferred to the U.S. District Court for the North District of Indiana before the Honorable Robert L. Miller, Jr. as a consolidated  mulri district litigation. As of February 2014, at least 1,141 Biomet hip implant lawsuits had been filed. –

Wright Medical Technology Hip Replacement Lawyers

  • Conserve Plus

Lawsuits are being evaluated for individuals who have experienced problems with a Wright hip replacement and have had or been told they need Hip Revision Surgery

 Hip Replacement Lawsuits For Complications

  • Decreased Mobility- Due to device failure
  • Severe Pain in The Hip, Groin or Thigh
  • Inflammation and Swelling
  • Loosening of the Device
  • Bone Damage
  • Infections
  • Chromium and Cobalt Metal  Poisoning
  • Hip Revision Surgery Needed

 

 

 

 

 

DePuy Settlement 8.3 Million, DePuy Lawyers Filing Immediate Lawsuits

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Damages of 8.3 million have been  awarded in a J&J’s DePuy hip implant case. DePuy Helpline, DePuy Hip Repalcement lawyers are filing immediate lawsuits.

By GREG RISLING, Associated Press

Updated 1:56 am, Sunday, March 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury Friday awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.

Jurors found that the ASR XL implant was defectively designed and caused metal poisoning and other health problems suffered by Loren Kransky after he underwent surgery in 2007.

However, the panel rejected the 65-year-old’s claim that DePuy failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with the implant, and it didn’t find the company acted with malice, prohibiting Kransky from collecting any punitive damages.

The fraud and negligence suit is the first of nearly 11,000 similar cases involving an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint that was pulled from the market two years ago to reach trial in the United States. Others like Kransky claim the implants have left them with crippling injuries or in need of other replacement surgeries.

Johnson & Johnson has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.

Plaintiff’s attorney Doug Saeltzer said the verdict bodes well for the other cases.

“The message is that these cases are valid, that the injuries are real and severe, and Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have to pay significant money for their mistakes,” Saeltzer said.

Loire Gawreluk, a DePuy spokeswoman, said the Warsaw, Ind., company plans to appeal the verdict.

“We believe ASR XL was properly designed, and that DePuy’s actions concerning the product were appropriate and responsible,” she said.

During the trial, Kransky’s lawyers told jurors that black pieces of metal flaked off the implant and caused a type of poisoning that could have killed him if the material had not been removed.

 

Brian Panish, one of Kransky’s attorneys, said during closing arguments that the company “knew this hip was defective long before Mr. Kransky got it,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

“They wanted to play Russian roulette with patients. This defendant didn’t care about patient safety,” Panish said.

Defense attorneys denied Kransky’s claims and argued he had a host of pre-existing health ailments and the hip implant didn’t make him worse.

The hip joint was sold for eight years to more than 90,000 people worldwide. New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson stopped making the product in 2009 and recalled it the next year.

The artificial part is meant to replace deteriorated joints causing severe pain and limiting mobility, and is generally expected to last 10 to 20 years. With the DePuy hip implant, one in eight patients needed theirs replaced within five years.

Attorneys representing the patients claim J&J knew about the problems in 2008. The company has denied those allegations.

Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest provider of health care products, has issued more than 30 product recalls since 2009. Most have involved nonprescription medicines such as adult and children’s Tylenol and Motrin, but other recalls were for prescription drugs for conditions such as epilepsy or for contact lenses.

Johnson & Johnson shares rose 44 cents to $78.19 Friday.  No harm done to J & J apparently. Our DePuy lawyers are accepting cases for immediate filing in some states. Call to find out if your state has passed the statute of limitations.

 

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DePuy Pinnacle Lawyers, DePuy Pinnacle Helpline

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DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline has launched a DePuy Pinnacle Helpline to locate all people with a faulty DePuy Pinnacle. You must file your DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit right away.

Recipients of the various metal on metal hip implants are suffering nationwide.

“I used to ski, hike and swim. Tennis was my favorite sport and I miss it so much. I can’t do any of that anymore. All I can do now is watch videos on the computer or watch TV. As you can imagine, I gained weight (I just went on a diet) since I had my hip replaced. I can’t lose weight by exercising, and because I can’t exercise, my whole body aches. I guess I will get revision surgery at the last minute, if they can still do it. The doctor told my mother that my hip might not even be able to get fixed again, so that has made me even more hesitant.”

History Of the Failed DePuy

2009

In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns DePuy about the safety of an artificial hip device sold abroad. DePuy’s research and clinical data are inadequate, so it can’t sell the product in the United States. Meanwhile, DePuy continues to market the product outside America.

2010

DePuy begins phasing out two models of its all-metal implants that are sold in the United States. The company cites falling sales. (According to a 2012 New York Times report, DePuy actually started planning the phase-out shortly after receiving the FDA warning.) Reports of complications and high rates of early device failure have already surfaced. DePuy defends its devices by blaming failures on surgeon errors.

2010

DePuy finally recalls its Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) Acetabular Hip System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System. It cites “higher than expected revision rates” for the all-metal devices.

2011

The FDA warns DePuy to stop selling certain products, including artificial joint systems, without proper approval. It also cites ineffective quality control procedures.

2012

 DePuy Pinnacle, Another J & J Failure

  • Pain in the groin, hip or leg
  • Need for painful revision surgeries
  • Difficulty getting up, standing and walking
  • Chromium or cobalt toxicity
  • Swelling and inflammation

Metal Toxicity Symptoms

  • chest pain, shortness of breath
  • numbness, weakness, change in vision or hearing
  • fatigue, feeling cold, weight gain
  • change in urination habits
  • high levels of metal in the blood

DePuy Pinnacle, Another Failure has been recalled.

New Recall Adept Hip Replacement

Johnson and Johnson has a history of failed implants and now the Stryker Rejuvinate and ABG modular stems have been recalled.

Call our Hip Replacement Helpline today

 

 

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuits Continue To Proceed

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Stryker hip recall lawsuits are moving forward in a consolidated litigation established in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County .   Judge Brian R. Martinotti has scheduled the litigation’s initial conference for February 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296 (N.J. Super. Ct., Bergen Cty.)

Both the Stryker Rejuvinate Stem and ABGII Modular Hip Stem were recalled and the hip replacement helpline Stryker division has had numerous calls from people suffering from a failed Stryker metal component hip replacement.

On January 17, 2013, the FDA issued a safety communication regarding metal-on-metal hip implants. The press release is an update to the agency’s evaluation of the potential complications of these devices. The update notes that all-metal implants carry risks that are unique because of the friction of their components.

Stryker has claimed the new hip replacement would:

  • Rejuvenate hips were first made available by Stryker in February 2009
  • increased stability,
  • better mobility,
  • superior fit over other hip replacement implants on the market.

Apparently this is not the case as it was necessary to recall the implants and lawsuits are flooding in. Get an experienced Stryker lawsuit Lawyer at the Stryker Hip Replacement Help division of Hip Replacement Helpline

Thousands of people have been filing Stryker Hip Replacemant lawsuits like Laray Johnson, a resident of Alabama. He received a Stryker Rejuvenate implant in his right hip on March 22, 2011. He then received a Rejuvenate implant in his left hip on June 24, 2011. This was a year prior to the voluntary Stryker hip recall. Mr Johnson began to experience substantial pain and discomfort around the area of the implants.

Thousands are filing lawsuits and we hear from many every day with telling us about  device deterioration and corrosion,  serious problems, bone fractures, metallosis, tissue damage, and severe pain.

Call us for a Stryker lawyer today.

Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit Update, Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers

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Stryker has recently recalled it’s Rejuvinate Hip replacement and ABG II Hip Stems due to the number of failed components causing complications. In June 2012, Stryker initiated a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. “While modular-neck hip stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics, we decided to voluntarily recall these modular-neck hip systems due to the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction which may result in ALTR (adverse local tissue reactions), as well as possible pain and/or swelling at or around the hip.” Since that date we have had  100’s of calls from people with a failed hip replacement.

The DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline announces The Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline. The mission of the new Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline is to locate all people with a failed Stryker who have required revision surgery or have been told they need revision surgery and help them file a Stryker Hip Replacement lawsuit.

New Jersey Stryker Lawsuit Update

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that all cases in the state should and will be consolidated into a “multicounty litigation” in Bergen County Superior Court before Judge Brian R. Martinotti.

Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline  lawyers are filing lawsuits for injury from the newly recalled Stryker Rejuvinate Hip Replacement and ABG II Modular Stems.

A number of  patients with failed metal component  hip replacements have chosen  to file a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit after experiencing serious complications linked to the devices, and a consolidation of a number of lawsuits has taken place.

If you have been injured by a Stryker Rejuvinate Hip replacement recall  or the ABG II Modular Stems  we want to hear from you and  connect you to a  lawyer to review your medical records to see if you have a claim against Stryker for your failed hip replacement.

 

Lawsuit Bellwether Trials Set For 2013, Hip Replacement Lawyers Ready

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The  Hip Replacement bellwether trials are set for 2013. The judge overseeing thousands of United States lawsuits over defective DePuy ASR hip implants has set the first trial for May 6, 2013, and the second will follow on July, 8, 2013.

In a status conference on July 25, 2012, the Hon. Judge David A. Katz announced the upcoming schedule for moving federal cases forward In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2197). He said the bellwether cases must be selected by Aug. 8, 2012, and the discovery process must be completed by Nov. 1, 2012. The designation of the cases for the bellwether trial is due by Dec. 1, 2012.

DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuits

Will decide as to whether DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular Hip System, a device used in hip replacement surgery, was defectively designed and/or manufactured, and whether DePuy failed to provide adequate warnings concerning the device, which DePuy recalled along with another ASR device,3 the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, in August 2010.

All recipients of the metal on metal hip replacements are urged to check for chromium and cobalt toxicity.

New Hip Replacements, Stryker Hip Replacement Recalls

Stryker has  recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems

Types of Metal On Metal Hip Replacements

Metal Ball and Polyethylene (Plastic) Cup or Liner (MoP) .
Metal Ball and Metal Cup (MoM)
Ceramic Ball and Plastic Cup or Liner
Ceramic Ball and Ceramic Liner
Ceramic Ball and Metal Socket

Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems ( Stryker metal component hip replacements )

Biomet Hip Replacement MDL Update, Biomet Hip Replacement Lawyers

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DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline lawyers are  accepting faulty Biomet hip replacement clients for litigation. If you or a loved one has a faulty Biomet hip replacemant conta the Biomet Hip Replacement Helpline for  a free case evaluation.

 Biomet Magnum Hip Lawyers Appointed to Leadership Roles in MDL

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:17 AM PST

More than two dozen lawyers have been appointed to serve in various leadership positions in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) established for all Biomet M2A Magnum hip lawsuits filed in the federal court system.

These attorneys will take various actions throughout the litigation that will benefit all plaintiffs who filed a product liability lawsuit after experiencing problems with the Biomet metal-on-metal hip replacement system.

On October 2, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ordered that all product liability lawsuits filed against Biomet in federal courts throughout the country that involve the M2A Magnum metal hip implant will be centralized for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. in the Northern District of Indiana.

Centralizing the litigation is designed to reduce duplicative discovery in dozens of cases, avoiding conflicting pretrial rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and Courts.

In an order (PDF) issued on December 5, Judge Miller established the organizational structure of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Biomet MDL, appointing 22 different attorneys to serve in various roles throughout the consolidated proceedings.

The Biomet Magnum hip lawyers selected for the PSC will conduct pretrial discovery that applies to multiple cases, examine witnesses and introduce evidence on behalf of all plaintiffs at hearings and perform other tasks during pretrial proceedings that may apply to all cases in the MDL.

Judge Miller appointed Thomas R. Anapol and W. Mark Lanier to serve as Co-Lead Counsel, with Robert T. Dassow and Frederick R. Hovde appointed to serve as Liason Counsel. In addition, another six lawyers were designated to serve on the Executive Committee of the PSC.

Biotmet is another to the long list of faulty hip replacements which includes Stryker Rejuvinate, DePuy hip replacement.and Zimmer.Stryker hip replacement and ABG II modular-neck hip stems; DePuy, Inc., Smith and Nephew, plc. Biomet Inc., and Zimmer Holdings, Inc

 

 

Stryker Helpline Launches National Campaign To Locate Seniors With Recalled Stryker

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Learn About Your Stryker Hip Replacement

Many seniors have fallen victim to the new Stryker hip replacement recall. This is not metal on metal but, Metal stems and components but, has shown the same rate of complications and metal toxicity factors. Seniors must see a doctor immediately and contact our Stryker helpline for a lawyer. Revision surgery for seniors includes months of rehabilitation. Our concern for our seniors with these faulty hip replacements has lead to a massive outreach campaign to contact all seniors with this implant and their families and children to be alerted to the potential need for revision surgery and to learn about the current Stryker lawsuits.
IN July of  2012 Stryker Orthopaedics recalled the Rejuvenate Modular Hip System and ABG II Modular-neck stems due to risk of wear and  corrosion resulting in the need for additional  revision surgery.

Stryker Implant Failure is Hurting Many Seniors

We urge seniors to contact the Stryker Implant Helpline asap to get information regarding  the  early failure of the device  and the need for revision surgery

  •     Wear and corrosion at the modular-neck junction
  •     Osteolysis or bone dissolution
  •     Joint loosening and dislocation
  •     Excessive metal debris leading to metal  toxicity
  •     Inflammation of tissues
  •     Death of tissues
  •     Pain
  •     Allergic responses
  •     Broken device
  •     Adverse Local Tissue Reaction