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Hip Replacements Failing | Hip Replacement Lawsuits Filed

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Biomet Hip Replacement Helpline, Depuy Hip Replacement Blog, Microport Hip replacement lawyers, Stryker Hip Replacement, Wright Hip Replacement Lawyer

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 Lawsuits To Stay In MDL Is Good News For DePuy Hip Replacement Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Depuy Hip Replacement Blog

Judge Granted The Request to Stay in DePuy Pinnacle MDL

File Your DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Today

 

The U.S. District Judge, Ed Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas,  has granted the request to stay most of the pending DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits in multidistrict litigation  No. 2244. The stay will, most likely, remain in effect until the conclusion of the bellwether trials.  The trials are expected to begin in September 2014.

The Bellwether Trials Set The Tone Of Future Hip Replacement Settlements

Currently, there are more than 4,800 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits pending in MDL No. 2244.

The Pinnacle Lawsuits Are  Similar to ASR hip implants

Many recipients claim that the implant devices have loosened, causing early failure of the device. There have also been many lawsuits for metallosis, or heavy metal poisoning. When the metal components of the hip devices rub against each other, the friction releases metal ions into the blood stream.

Metallosis can cause inflammation, tissue necrosis, and bone deterioration.

Complications In The Lawsuits

  •  Bone fractures,
  • Implant dislocation,
  • Metallosis

Speak to a  DePuy ASR or Pinnacle lawyer today

DePuy Settlement 8.3 Million, DePuy Lawyers Filing Immediate Lawsuits

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Depuy Hip Replacement Blog, Depuy Hip Replacement News, DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits, Stryker Hip Replacement, Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyer

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

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Depuy Hip Replacement Blog, Depuy Hip Replacement News, Stryker Hip Replacement, Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyer

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

 

 

Seniors and Athletes are Prone to Hip Fracture and Victims of the DePuy Hip Replacement recall

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Depuy Hip Replacement News

Now that the dePuy Hip Replacement is going to trial we can take a look at who is most likely to be a victim of a failed DePuy. Well, it is most likely someone prone to Hip fractures whic eventually result in needing a hip replacement. DePuy Hip replacement helpline is reaching out to seniors and athletes as the time is running short. Each state has a statute of limitations and that is usually going to block your ability to file. You must act quickly.

Everyone is at risk of incurring fractures. On the other hand, people suffer increased risks with conditions like old age, osteoporosis, osteomyelitis, type two diabetes patients and other diseases that make the bone porous, brittle and highly permeable. Unfortunately, falls and hip injuries are common on frail elderly patients, making hip fracture rehabilitation a primary concern. Elderly and other people like athletes and workers who are prone or highly likely to incur hip injuries must establish an ongoing communication with a qualified medical doctor or orthopedic surgeon.

Types and Modes of Fractures that maybe  eventually requiring a hip replacement

There are several types of fractures, which doctors consider before diagnosis is set:

* Comminuted fracture – is the condition where the bones fragment into several pieces. * Oblique fracture – the bone breaks acquired a curved or sloping pattern. * Impacted fracture – otherwise known as the buckle fracture, this is the type of fracture whose ends are driven into each other. * Transverse fracture – the type of fracture forming a right angle to the bone’s axis. * Greenstick fracture – occurs when the bone is just bent and not fully broken. * Other types of fracture include pathologic, compressed, avulsion, depressed, and spiral.

Modes of Hip Fractures

Only a few types of fractures are associated with hip injuries, which cause back pain. With that, several modes of hip fractures and considered to thoroughly evaluate the extent of injury:

* Intertrochanteric hip fracture is the type of fracture that doesn’t involve or cause damage to the blood flow in the bone. It usually doesn’t require   hip replacement for treatment. * Intracapsular hip fracture is the type of bone breakage that occurs within the capsule of the joint. * Extracapsular hip fracture is the type of fracture that occurs at the articular extremity of the bone, which is outside the line of the attachment of the capsular ligament of the hip joint

Causes of Fractures

Bone fracture can happen to anyone. It’s typically caused by various types of trauma on the bone. Bone trauma may result from accidental falls, motor vehicle accidents or a disease that weakens the bone. Hence, hip and back injury, bone fracture may cause back pain, swelling, bruising and internal bleeding.

Assessment of Fracture Risks and Fracture Damage

The risks of getting fractures can be assessed by performing tests and evaluations on bone density, current medications taken, medical conditions, medical history or personal history, and lifestyle or work factors.

To assess actual fractures, doctors usually perform hematology tests and x-rays to evaluate and locate the fracture area. X-ray results will guide them in locating the breaks on the bones while hematology tests help them spot the decreases in HCT and Hgb, which indicative the severity of damage incurred. Doctors may assess the condition by evaluating the pain experienced from motion and the tenderness, immobility, deformity, crepitus, ecchymosis, edema and paresthesia or creeping, tingling and pricking sensations observed and experienced on the affected site

If you are an athlete who has had a Depuy hip replacement and has undergone revision surgery call the dePuy Hip Replacement Helpline today. If you are a senior or child of a senior who has had hip replacement surgery and it has been with one on the metal on metal recalls contact us immediately.