If you had hip surgery after 2003, you may be one of the thousands of people affected by the DePuy hip replacement recall. In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. announced a recall of its dangerous hip implant device because the company received data showing an unusually high number of people were in need of second hip replacement surgery, or a revision surgery.
DePuy has recalled two products: DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System (launched in 2003) and DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System (launched in 2004). The data shows that 1 in 8 patients who received either of the products need to have a revision surgery. About 93,000 people may be affected by the product recall.
Did you or someone you know receive hip replacement surgery after 2003? If you received the ASR resurfacing device or the ASR total hip replacement, you may be entitled to compensation. The following are symptoms that may indicate a serious problem:
- Walking problems
- Loosening of the implant
If you are experiencing any symptoms, it's imperative that you contact an experienced attorney promptly for a free and confidential consultation. There is no obligation, but you must act quickly to ensure your rights are protected.
If you had hip surgery after 2003, you should make an appointment with your surgeon who can determine if your device is working properly, according to a recommendation from DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson. A scan or X-ray of the hip may be required as well as a blood test. If the doctor detects a serious problem, a second surgery may be needed to replace your implant.
Even if you are not experiencing pain or the other symptoms indicating a problem, it's recommended that you arrange an appointment with your doctor for a consultation.
DePuy reports that 12 percent of patients who received the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and 13 percent who received the ASR XL Acetabular System needed revision, or corrective surgery, within five years.
While DePuy says it will cover "reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment" for people who need services associated with the recall, we believe you should consult with an attorney before accepting any compensation or entering into any agreement with DePuy. At Castle Law Office, we can analyze your case and recommend a course of action that is most beneficial to you. In some cases, you may be entitled to compensation through a DePuy hip replacement recall lawsuit.
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