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Implications of Johnson & Johnson’s $4 Billion Hip Implant Settlement

Posted by Chris Templeman | May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

More than a quarter of a million Americans have hip replacement surgery every year. For many, the procedure allows for greater mobility and reduces pain. Unfortunately, several of the hip implants have been defective, wreaking havoc on the lives of patients who have had to deal with infections, painful complications and additional surgeries. As a result, thousands of injury lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these faulty medical devices.

Johnson & Johnson, which manufactured and sold a hip implant through a subsidiary called DePuy Orthapaedics, reached a tentative settlement of $4 billion in a lawsuit involving 8,000–12,000 injured patients. These patients received an all-metal hip replacement with a high failure rate. The device also released metal particles into their body during normal wear, leading to several dangerous complications. DePuy Orthapaedics continued to sell the implant after being made aware of these serious problems.

DePuy Orthapaedics is not the only company that makes unsafe metal artificial hips. Many lawsuits have also been filed against the Stryker Corporation, alleging that its defective devices have caused serious injuries, including:

  • Metallosis, or the buildup of metal debris in the surrounding tissues and bloodstream
  • Necrosis
  • Bone damage
  • Loosening of the implanted device

The Stryker Corporation issued a voluntary recall of their Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip implant components in 2012, after receiving reports of serious adverse complications caused by metal debris. It's in the best interests of anyone in New Mexico who has received a Stryker hip replacement to speak with a physician about any subsequent problems.

If you need revision surgery, contact our legal team at Revo Smith Law as soon as possible to determine whether you have a viable product liability lawsuit.

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Chris Templeman

Chris Templeman focuses his practice on protecting the rights of injured New Mexicans. He takes great pride in passionately serving everyday people as their advocate for obtaining justice. In addition to being a lawyer he has a Masters degree in business administration and experience in marketing...

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