According to a Seattle legal firm conversant with the DePuy debacle, two days before announcing the recall of the doomed hip replacement system earlier this year, DePuy sent a communiqué to surgeons alerting them to the recall.
The manufacturer also, according to a press release dated October 17th, provided a medical release form intended, it appears, to negate a patient's rights in litigation and breach the confidentiality of medical records. The Bernard Law Group of Seattle cautioned that DePuy Hip patients signing such a release would give the manufacturer the right to review confidential medical records, as well as the right to take possession of the defective hip implant following revision surgery.
Providing the manufacturer with such information, together with the defective medical device, could provide the manufacturer with a potentially unfair advantage assuming a DePuy Lawsuit.
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Meanwhile Estella Wahl, together with her husband Terry, are two DePuy plaintiffs taking DePuy Orthopedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson to court over a defective DePuy ASR XL Modular Acetabular Cup System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System.
According to the October 12th issue of Medical Device Daily, Mrs. Wahl began experiencing excruciating pain soon after receiving her DePuy hip in 2007. The plaintiff suffered from pain and hindrance of basic motion for more than three years until finally undergoing two "debilitating" revision surgeries in the summer of this year, not long after the Hip Replacement Recall.