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Da Vinci Robotics Surgery Lawyers

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Robotic Surgery Lawyers

Our Da Vinci Robotic surgery lawyers are filing lawsuit for burn injury from Robotic surgery from gynecological and Prostate surgery.

Da Vinci Surgery Complications

Burns From Robotic Surgery ?

Burns and/or tears of the intestines
Punctured blood vessels or ureters
Severe bowel injuries
Vaginal cuff dehiscence
Excessive bleeding
Death

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits Mounting

Robotic surgery has been considered  as a safer way to have surgery than more conventional surgeries. However, there has been a  rising number of deaths and serious injuries linked to the robotic surgery, Patient lawsuits are continuing to mount.. The “da Vinci” Surgical System is a  robotic platform designed which allows surgeons to make fewer, smaller, and more precise incisions when performing surgery on patients.

If you or a loved one has been injured by this procedure call our Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Helpline today

 

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

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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

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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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Johnson and Johnson Hip Replacement Recalls Investigated

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At the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline we are keeping you up to date on all the news surrounding the DePuy Hip Replacement. We continue to receive calls from people with failed metal on metal hip replacements. Our Hip replacement lawyers are still accepting DePuy Hip Replacement lawsuits.

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey — Federal prosecutors are investigating Johnson & Johnson’s practices in marketing a line of hip replacements recalled in 2010 because many had to be replaced within a few years — part of a string of more than 30 product recalls by the health care giant in the last 3 1/2 years.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts and the Civil Division of the U.S. Justice Department last August sent Johnson & Johnson an “informal request” for information about its ASR XL hip replacements, J&J reported in a regulatory filing Friday.

The company’s annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission states that the government has asked for additional documents from DePuy Synthes and two related subsidiaries. They have turned over the documents and are cooperating fully with investigators, the filing states.

DePuy Synthes is one of the world’s biggest makers of joint replacements, surgical trauma equipment and other orthopedic surgery products.

The filing didn’t specify what the government is looking for, but J&J has had legal problems before over its artificial joints. Just days before the ASR systems were recalled, the Food and Drug Administration told DePuy to stop marketing its Corail Hip System for two unapproved uses.

And in 2007, J&J agreed to pay $84.7 million in fines as part of a settlement of a sweeping investigation by the Justice Department into alleged kickbacks. J&J and the four other top U.S. makers of replacement hips and knees were accused of paying surgeons to get them to use their products exclusively, from at least 2002 through 2006.

DePuy recalled two artificial joint systems — the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System — in August 2010 because of unexpectedly high rates of failure. That means they caused pain and difficulty walking because they no longer fit perfectly, or that tiny pieces of metal had flaked off inside the patient’s body, allegedly causing immune system problems in some people. More than 90,000 of systems were recalled in the U.S. and other countries.

That was part of an embarrassing spate of J&J recalls of artificial joints, contact lenses, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines that began in September 2009. Reasons range from contamination with bacteria and incorrect levels of a drug’s active ingredient to a nauseating smell on containers and liquid medicines that may contain tiny metal shavings.

Lost product sales and expensive, ongoing factory upgrades have cost the company, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, well over $1 billion.

Artificial joint systems, made of high-tech metals, plastics or ceramic, replace deteriorated joints causing severe pain and limiting mobility, usually in older folks with advanced arthritis. Hip replacement parts include the top of the thigh bone, the ball atop that and a plate lining the hip socket.

They’re generally expected to last at least 10 to 20 years. In the case of the recalled DePuy ASR hip systems, one in eight patients needed theirs replaced within five years.

Attorneys representing patients needing replacements have alleged Johnson & Johnson knew about the problems with the DePuy hip systems back in 2008, but didn’t stop selling them until 2009 and didn’t recall the remaining products until 2010. The company has denied that and said it acted properly. It has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.

Last month, the first trial began among thousands of lawsuits brought by people accusing J&J of knowingly selling faulty implants. The fraud and negligence case, brought by a former prison guard, is being heard by a jury in Los Angeles.

Artificial hips and knees from multiple manufacturers have been recalled for various problems in recent years.

Just last week, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall on a different line of its hip implants, the “Adept” brand all-metal total hip replacement system, also because a higher-than-expected percentage of one part of them had to be replaced.

A patient registry in the United Kingdom found about 12 percent of people who had gotten those joints needed them replaced within seven years. In Australia, a registry showed 7 percent of patients needed replacements in just three years.

J&J said it was recalling all 7,500 Adept implants shipped worldwide between 2004 and September 2011. Most likely were already implanted in patients, who were told to contact their doctor if they had problems.

If you or a loved one has a failed DePuy or any metal on metal or metal component hip replacement including the DePuy Pinnacle, DePuy ASR and Stryker Rejuvinate and ABG II Modular Stems call the hip replacement helpline for an experienced hip replacement lawyer.

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.

 

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

 

 

Toning Shoes Causing Hip Fractures, Skechers Sneakers Lawyers Filing Lawsuits

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Toning shoes cause Hip fractures and Hip replacements are no laughing matter. With sneakers causing hip fractures and hip replacements being recalled what are we to do? Lawsuits galore for malfunctioning devices that wreck havoc on seniors. Beware and call for an injury lawyer now.

By ELISABETH LEAMY (@elisabethleamy)
Feb. 16, 2011

A new lawsuit alleges that Skecher's Shape-up shoes can cause serious injuries.

An Ohio woman is suing the company after developing stress fractures in both hips — which she blames on the shoes.

Skecher's Shape-ups have a distinctive round sole. They are marketed as toning shoes, the fastest-growing segment of the athletic shoe market.

Toning shoes are meant to help you get in shape as you walk or work. But at least one person says rather than helping them, the shoes hurt them.

Holly Ward, 38, says her routine involves physical therapy and she now has pins in her hips because of injuries she says were caused by wearing Sketcher's Shape-ups.

"The extended use of these shoes has injured me catastrophically," Ward told "Good Morning America."

Shape-ups are advertised as helping you get in shape and helping reduce pain. Kim Kardashian and former NFL quarterback Joe Montana have appeared in commercials for Shape-ups.

Ward says she wore the shoes during her work as a waitress and while on walks and developed severe pain after five months. According to her lawsuit, she had fractures in both hips near where they meet the thigh bones even though she has the healthy bone density of a young woman.
 

"The femoral bone is the strongest bone in the human body and I fractured not one but two of them without being in a car crash or any traumatic incident," she said.

Skechers and its critics do agree on one thing: Shape-ups shoes change the way you walk.

A Skechers training video advises wearers to "step forward with the middle section of your heel hitting the ground first. Roll forward onto the ball of your foot and push off with your toes."

Company Says Millions Wear Shape-Ups Without Problems

The company calls its shoes revolutionary. Ward's lawyer calls them dangerous.

"We do not know of any testing or safety studies that Skechers did to determine safety," said Ronald Johnson, Ward's attorney. "If they're going to invent a whole new way for a human being to walk, the very first thing they should do is studies to make sure that's not going to harm their customers."

Ward says the potential gain is not worth the potential risk.

ABC spoke to half a dozen orthopedists and most were skeptical that shoes alone could cause stress fractures.

Skechers told ABC that "since this lawsuit is brand new, we have not had an opportunity to review Ms. Ward's allegations … millions of people wear Shape-ups without experiencing what Ms. Ward alleges."

Sketcher sneaker lawyers are accepting sketcher sneaker injury claims for:

Foot Injuries including:
Stress Fractures, Fallen Arches, Hammer Toe, Turf Toe, Inflammation of the Forefoot, Plantar Fasciitis, and Joint Displacement.

Leg Injuries including
Strains and Sprains, Fractures, Dislocation, Joint Injuries, Shin Splints, Tendonitis, and Nerve Damage.

Head Injuries including:
Coma, Concussion, Hematomas, Brain Damage, Hemorrhage, Skull Fracture, Contusions and Blood Clots.

    Broken Hip,
    Broken Ankle,
    Broken Leg,
    Knee Injury,
    Trimalleolar Ankle Fracture,
    Muscle Strains,
    Torn Ligaments,
    Dislocated Hip,
    Ruptured Achilles Tendon,
 

 

Stryker Lawsuit Updates, Stryker Lawyers Propose Consolidation

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Current news and updates regarding the Stryker Hip Replacement

Consolidation Of Lawsuits Against Stryker Are In the Works
The Logic Behind The Consolidation

Lawsuits have been filed against Stryker Orthopaedics over its defective hip implants.  Cases are under consideration for consolidation New Jersey.The  The proposal is to move for an MDL or consolidation in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, N.J., Honorable Brian Martinotti, who is the judge presiding over that court, has experience overseeing Depuy ASR hip implant lawsuits.

At issue are Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, which were marketed as a way for orthopaedic surgeons to give patients a better fit with their hip implants because they can be customized using various parts. The Rejuvenate hip offers surgeons six stems and 16 necks, and the ABG II has 10 necks and 16 stems that work together.
Metal-on-Metal Problems

The problem, however, is that the neck and stem parts have all-metal conjunctions, Stryker stated, which are to blame for complications similar to those seen in DePuy hip implant patients. Stryker patients are experiencing painful, early failure of their devices because the metal parts are grinding against each other and wearing out. Most hip implants have an average life of 15 years, but the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems are failing after just months, by some reports. All-metal hip implants also have been associated with metallosis, or the poisoning of the bloodstream.

Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II on July 6, 2012. The Rejuvenate had only been on the market since February 2009.

If you have a failed Stryker Implant contact the helpline today.

Stryker Hip Replacement Outreach Campaign Launched To Locate People Injured By The Stryker Recall

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Stryker has recalled their Rejuvenate and metal stem hip replacements for problems and complications. The Strkyer recall is new but, we expect thousands to be injured and need painful revision surgery. The new metal component hip replacement appears to have the same problems as the metal on metal DePuy including chromium and cobalt toxcity.

A campaign is now being launched to locate victims of the Stryker recall who have the:

 

  •     Stryker® Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System,
  •     Stryker® Rejuvenate Total hip System,
  •     Modular-Neck Stems,

The first round of the Stryker recall outreach  is projected reach the following cities

  • New York, N.Y.,
  • Los Angeles, Calif.,
  • Chicago, Ill.,
  • Houston, Tex.,
  • Philadelphia, Pa,.
  • Phoenix, Ariz,.
  • San Antonio, Tex.,
  • San Diego, Calif.,
  • Dallas, Tex.,
  • San Jose, Calif.,

Second  Stryker recall Outreach Campaign

  • Jacksonville, Fla.,
  • Indianapolis, Ind.,
  • San Francisco, Calif.,
  • Austin, Tex.,
  • Columbus, Ohio,
  • Fort Worth, Tex.,
  • Charlotte, N.C.,
  • Detroit, Mich.,
  • El Paso, Tex.,
  • Memphis, Tenn.,

Third round of the Stryker recall outreach campaign

  • Baltimore, Md.,
  • Boston, Mass.,
  • Seattle, Wash.,
  • Washington, DC,
  • Nashville,
  • Denver, Colo.,
  • Louisville,
  • Milwaukee, Wis.,
  • Portland, Ore.,
  • Las Vegas, Nev.,

Additional Stryker Lawsuits  Outreach

  • Oklahoma City, Okla,
  • Albuquerque, N.M.,
  • Tucson, Ariz.,
  • Fresno, Calif.,
  • Sacramento, Calif.,
  • Long Beach, Calif.,
  • Kansas City, Mo.,
  • Mesa, Ariz.,
  • Virginia Beach, Va.,
  • Atlanta, Ga.,
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.,
  • Omaha, Nebr.,
  • Raleigh, N.C.,
  • Miami, Fla.,
  • Cleveland, Ohio,
  • Tulsa, Okla.,
  • Oakland, Calif,.
  • Minneapolis, Minn.,
  • Wichita, Kans.,
  • Arlington,,