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Omni Life Hip Apex Arc Replacement Lawyers

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Omni Life Apex ARC Hip Replacement Lawyers

OMNI Life Science’s ARC hip Replacement has a  chromium and cobalt ball connecting to a titanium stem, is a metal-on-metal design. This hip replacement is like  DePuy. The OMNI’s ARC system   has   a metal ball inside a titanium stem, resembling the femur. There are increasing reports of failure of the hip implant and out lawyers are filing lawsuit on behalf of victims with a failed hip implant.

 Florida Woman Files Omni Life Hip Replacement Lawsuit

A recipient of the implant  in Florida sued OMNI in June 2014. Her physician determined her ARC hip system caused her to develop a fibrotic and necrotic pseudo tumor and dangerous buildup of chromium, cobalt, and titanium in the blood. Her lawsuit alleges OMNI ignored the flaws in the artificial hip system, which led to its early failure.

Get An Omni Life  Hip Replacement Lawyer

Contact the Hip Replacement Helpline  We can help answer questions you may have about DePuy and Omnilife  hip replacement lawsuits.

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 Pinnacle and ASR Hip Replacement Lawyers

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DePuy Announces U.S. Settlement Agreement to Compensate ASR™ Hip System Patients Who Had Surgery to Replace Their ASR Hip\

According to WEB MD

Nov. 20, 2013 — Johnson & Johnson says it will pay $2.5 billion to settle lawsuits over faulty hip replacements, making it one of the largest settlements paid out in the medical device industry.

The agreement presented in U.S. District Court in Toledo, Ohio, resolves about 8,000 cases involving patients who had to have the metal ball-and-socket hip implant — called the ASR Hip System — removed or replaced, the Associated Press reported.

The metal implant was pulled from the market in 2010 after data showed that it failed sooner than older types of plastic or ceramic hip implants.

The settlement announced late Tuesday provides about $250,000 per patient and covers those whose implants were removed or replaced before Aug. 31, 2013. Most of the patients are expected to receive their payments in 2014, the AP reported.

J&J’s lawyers have denied that the company acted improperly.

The deal does not cover all lawsuits related to the hip implant, J&J’s DePuy unit said in a statement. “DePuy will continue to defend against remaining claims and believes its actions related to the ASR Hip System have been appropriate and responsible,” the company said.

The ASR Hip System was sold for eight years and used in about 35,000 patients in the United States and more than 90,000 worldwide. Production of the hip implant was halted in 2009 and it was recalled in 2010, the AP reported.

Internal J&J documents suggest that company officials knew about problems with the device at last as far back as 2008. And a 2011 company review of a patient registry said that more than one-third of the hip implants were expected to fail within five years of implantation, the AP reported.

Replacement hips are generally supposed to last at least 10 to 20 years, according to the news service.

Speak to one of our metal on metal hip replacement attorneys.

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

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

Stryker Lawsuit Updates, Stryker Lawyers Propose Consolidation

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Depuy Hip Replacement News

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.

J & J Payoff for DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits, DePuy Hip Recall Lawyers

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Hip replacement helpline lawyers are filing lawsuits for people with failed hip replacements. The first group of payoffs has commenced.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which faces about 8,000 lawsuits over hip implants it recalled in 2010, agreed to pay about $600,000 to resolve three cases in the first settlements of the litigation, people familiar with the accords said.

Officials of J&J’s DePuy unit agreed earlier this month to settle Nevada residents’ suits over the company’s ASR hip implants, two people familiar with the agreement said. The company will pay about $200,000 a case to resolve the suits before they were scheduled to go to trial later this year, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the accords.

J&J officials were able to negotiate settlements “at the low end of what the company should have expected” to pay, Eric Gordon, a business professor at the University of Michigan who follows the pharmaceutical industry, said in a telephone interview yesterday. “J&J should have expected to pay in the $200,000-to-$500,000 range per case.”

J&J’s DePuy unit recalled its 93,000 ASR hips worldwide in 2010, including 37,000 in the U.S., saying more than 12 percent of the devices failed within five years. Lawsuits in federal and state courts describe patients in pain and immobilized by joint dislocations, infections and bone fractures.
Metal Debris

Patients suing J&J, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, claim metal debris from the hips, made from a cobalt and chromium alloy, causes tissue death around the joint and may increase metal ions in the bloodstream to harmful levels.

Bill Price, a spokesman for J&J, declined in a phone interview yesterday to comment on the settlements.

J&J faces more than 8,000 cases alleging the ASR hips are defective, according to court filings. U.S. District Judge David Katz in Toledo, Ohio, is overseeing about 6,000 federal suits that have been consolidated for pretrial evidence gathering. The drugmaker also is defending itself in more than 2,000 cases filed in courts in California, Maryland, Nevada and other states.

The first settlements involve cases filed in state court in Las Vegas, the people familiar with the accords said. Claims by Annelise Rundle, Martha Bender and Katherine Guy had been consolidated and set for trial Dec. 3, according to court documents.
Three Women

Rundle, 74, Bender, 69, and Guy, 60, all had ASR hip replacements done by the same surgeon during the past six years, court filings in Las Vegas show. All three later had the artificial hips removed after experiencing pain and other side effects, according to the filings.

Tests on Rundle showed she had health problems associated with metal filings from her hip, her lawyers said in the filings. In Bender’s case, doctors discovered evidence of bone damage from the device, lawyers said.

“Each of these plaintiffs has incurred a painful and debilitating hip-revision surgery as a result of the failure of their DePuy ASR Hip,” their lawyers said in a December filing.

J&J lawyer’s countered in court filings that the hips didn’t cause Rundle and the other women to develop life- threatening illnesses.

Medical records turned over by Rundle’s doctors, for example, showed she was “generally healthy with no major medical problems,” the company’s lawyers said in a Jan. 17 court filing in Las Vegas challenging the women’s request for an early trial date.

Brian Franciskato, a Kansas City, Missouri-based lawyer for the three women, declined in a telephone interview today to comment on the settlement.
$800 Million

The company said in January that it spent about $800 million on the recall during the past two years. It wouldn’t estimate its product-liability costs.

J&J faces a state-court trial in Prince George’s County, Maryland, in January involving three hip-replacement recipients, according to court filings. Those cases would be the first to go to trial if they aren’t settled.

The first federal trial of claims over the devices is expected in March or April, lawyers involved in the consolidated cases said earlier this year.

The University of Michigan’s Gordon contends it may cost the drugmaker as much as $2 billion to resolve all litigation over DePuy’s ASR hips.
‘Giant Number’

“They’re looking at a giant number before it’s done because there are a giant number of cases,” Gordon said. The biggest benefit to J&J out the Nevada settlements is that the drugmaker has “anchored settlement expectations at the low end of the range,” he said.

J&J’s rose 8 cents to $67.78 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The company’s 4.95 percent bonds, due to mature in May 2033, fell $1.23, or 1 percent, to $121 after news of the hip settlements was announced.

The consolidated Nevada cases are Rundle v. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., A-11-636272, Clark County District Court (Las Vegas).

The federal case is In re DePuy Orthopedics Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, 10-MD-2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Toledo).

To contact the reporters on this story: Jef Feeley in Wilmington, Delaware at jfeeley@bloomberg.net; David Voreacos in Newark at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Dunn at adunn8@bloomberg.net

 

Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline, Stryker Recall Lawyers

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A Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline has been launched for victims of the latest Stryker voluntary recall of the Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem used for total hip replacement surgery and the Stryker Rejuvinate modular-neck stem hip implant. The  Stryker hip implants have been recalled due to the fact that they could fret or corrode, harming body tissue and causing pain or swelling.

Complications and Injuries that are noted include:

  •     Severe inflammatory reactions
  •     Pain in the groin
  •     Need for additional medical care and revision surgeries
  •     Breakdown of muscles, tendons and other soft tissues in and around the hip joint
  •     Loss of surrounding bone
  •     Loss of mobility

The Stryker Rejuvenate side effects  appear to be similiar to the  Metal on Metal Hip Replacements that have caused a landslide of lawsuits against DePuy Orthopedics.
While other types of hip implants such as those made by Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. involve a metal ball rubbing against a metal socket, the Stryker Rejuvenate products involve a metal neck inside a metal stem. It appears that lawyers are beginning to build cases against Stryker as a part of the complete metal on metal hip replacement lawsuits. Stryker does run the risk of metal toxicity as chromium and cobalt poisoning may occur.

Anyone experiencing side effects from these Stryker products is advised to call the Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline for a Stryker Hip Replacement lawyer.

 

Stryker states that the rate of complications arising from the recalled devices was "extremely low." The company based its recall decision on information collected since the products hit the market, saying it "may be predictive of a trend." It instructed patients implanted with the devices to contact their surgeon.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a Stryker Rejuvenate product  a Stryker Hip replacement Lawyer contact the Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline for a

Hip replacement lawyer.