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Johnson & Johnson Reportedly Settles DePuy Hip Lawsuits

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New Brunswick, NJ: Johnson & Johnson has reportedly agreed to settle the first DePuy hip replacement lawsuits for an estimated $600,000. The DePuy lawsuits were filed after the DePuy hip replacement recall was announced in 2010 because of problems with the hip replacement devices.

Johnson & Johnson Reportedly Settles DePuy Hip LawsuitsAccording to Bloomberg Businessweek (8/21/12), Johnson & Johnson faces approximately 8,000 lawsuits linked to the recalled DePuy device. The $600,000 settlement affects only three lawsuits, working out to around $200,000 a suit. Those lawsuits were scheduled to reach the courts later this year.

In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled around 93,000 ASR hip replacement devices worldwide because of early failure rates linked to the devices. According to reports, more than 12 percent of the DePuy devices failed within five years. Typically, such hip replacement devices are expected to last 15 years or more. Plaintiffs allege when their replacement devices fail, they suffer terrible pain and joint dislocations. Some patients undergo revision surgery to have the device replaced, but such surgery is complex and can come with more serious complications than the original procedure.

The main issue with the ASR devices was that metal debris from the metal-on-metal hips could come loose and become absorbed by the patient's tissue resulting in toxic levels of cobalt and chromium in the patient's blood, a condition known as metallosis. Furthermore, the metal ions could cause tissue death, resulting in the hip implant device failing too soon.

The three settled lawsuits were all reportedly filed in Nevada state court and were set for trial on December 3, 2012. Federal lawsuits against DePuy, (In re DePuy Orthopedics Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, 10-MD-2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio) are still pending.

Meanwhile, more lawsuits have been filed against Stryker Orthopaedics, alleging the company manufactured and sold a defective hip-replacement device. According to The Record (9/11/12), seven more lawsuits have been filed against the device maker, alleging the company was negligent in its sale of the Stryker Rejuvenate. The Rejuvenate was voluntarily recalled in July 2012. Stryker has not commented on the lawsuits. Some patients who received the devices reportedly developed infections, metal toxicity and device dislocations. In some cases, revision surgery was needed to correct the problem.

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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
jose
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200k is not enough to have a toxic medal hip inplant recall remove, the damage to all your nerve and dead tissue surrounding your hip will never be the same and mostly pain for life and the hard life of driving all days looking for pharmacy to fill your scrip to control pain, strict goverment control, There go the little bit of trust that i had with doctor,greed.

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Toni Schaberick
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Thanks for your article. Supposedly, Johnson&Johnson/DePuy manipulated publishing settlement numbers of $200,000 per case. Hoping to get all settlements to that low number. My husband was crippled by one of the faulty DePuy Pinnacle implant. reed vs. being a crippled and ruined individual.

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