Developments in Hip Replacement LawsuitsThe DePuy settlements are going to finish paying out by the end of the month.
The Stryker lawsuit and the DePuy lawsuit are ongoing, but some major settlements have been reached.
A report released by on August 7th indicates that the DePuy ASR lawsuit is beginning to come to a close after a $2.5 billion settlement is now paying out to claimants in the DePuy lawsuit.
DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled its ASR metal on metal hip replacements because they were faulty by design.
The metal on metal construction eventually lead to corrosion, metal poisoning (metallosis), and other painful problems.
Many who had the DePuy ASR hip replacement system had to have it surgically removed, resulting in risky surgery and months of painful rehabilitation.
DePuy Orthopedics Settles Majority of Claims
As of August 31st, 2014, Johnson and Johnson is scheduled to have completed payment of the landmark metal on metal hip replacement settlement.
Johnson and Johnson owns DePuy Orthopedics, a company that has been under fire because of their faulty and dangerous metal on metal hip replacements. Over ten thousand plaintiffs sued DePuy after having to have the dangerous and poorly designed hip implants removed,
In November of last year (2013) Johnson and Johnson agreed to a landmark settlement, paying out approximately $2.5 billion to affected claimants who had the recalled DePuy metal on metal hip replacement systems implanted, and subsequently removed.
Each eligible claimant has been awarded a base DePuy settlement of $250,000, to be adjusted for more or less depending on the circumstances of each individual case.
This settlement is being paid out to victims who had either the DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System, or the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System implanted ands had to have them surgically removed.
The settlement covers people who had their metal on metal hip implants removed prior to August 31, 2013.
The DePuy lawsuit is still open for claimants who had their DePuy ASR hip systems removed after August 2013, or have not yet undergone the surgery.
The DePuy ASR Hips were recalled in 2010 after a high incidence of failure, resulting in injuries and corrective surgery.
Since the DePuy settlement is being paid out, the hip replacement litigation will now focus on the Stryker Lawsuit.
Johnson and Johnson knew the ASR Hip Replacement would Fail: Used it Anyway
The National Joint Registry of England and Wales reported that ⅓ of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant systems were failing.
At first, Johnson and Johnson denied the allegations. But, as documents were released during the DePuy lawsuit, it was uncovered that DePuy had conducted an internal study that revealed that up to 40% of the hip implants would fail within the first few years.
Hip implants are supposed to last 10-20 years before requiring revision.
It is estimated that about 31,000 people had a defective DePuy Hip implanted.
If Johnson and Johnson was correct, and 40% of them would fail in the first few years, that means that approximately 12,400 people would experience the excruciating pain and serious medical danger of a failed hip replacement.
Stryker Hip Lawsuits and Others Still Fighting in Court
As the $2.5 billion settlement from Johnson and Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics is finally being paid out in full, courts are now focusing on the Stryker metal on metal hip replacement lawsuit and others.
Other metal on metal hip replacements that are currently, or expected to attract injury lawsuits include:
- DePuy Pinnacle
- Biomet M2a 38
- Biomet M2a Magnum
- Stryker ABG II
- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Accolade Femoral Stem Hips
- Wright Conserve Hip Systems
- Profemur Z Stem Hips Systems
If you have been hurt by these defective products, you may be eligible for a claim in the metal on metal hip replacement lawsuit. Contact us immediately to begin your Stryker lawsuit today, as the litigation is currently in process and settlements are expected to pay out soon.
by Bill Bohack