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$8.35M In Damages Awarded in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuit


This is a settlement for the DePuy ASR Hip lawsuit.

Los Angeles, CA: A jury has awarded $8.34 million dollars in damages to Loren Kransky the plaintiff in the first DePuy ASR hip replacement trial. The DePuy ASR Hip implant lawsuit, entitled In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al. (BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court) began on January 22, 2013.

"While it is unfortunate that punitive damages were not assessed against the defendants, it is a promising verdict for those who believe their metal-on-metal hip implant has caused them injury and who wish to pursue a lawsuit,"said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group.

Among those who testified were DePuy employees and Kransky himself. Throughout the trial, Kransky' attorneys asserted that the faulty design of the ASR had caused metal ions, created by friction between the ball and cup of the hip implant, to enter Kransky' bloodstream, according to Bloomberg and a videostream via the Courtroom View Network. Kransky' legal council also alleged that the device' poor design made it extremely difficult for Kransky to walk without immense pain.

DePuy is currently a defendant in more than 10,000 lawsuits nationwide, most of which are part of a multidistrict litigation, which is a consolidation of federal cases for pretrial proceedings (MDL-2197). The ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, which went on the market in 2005, were recalled in August 2010 following reports of high failure rates. DePuy said at the time of the recall that the ASR hip replacement system has a 12 percent failure rate, but an Australian device registry found that failure rate to be closer to 40 percent, according to Bloomberg.

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