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Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics Allegedly Knew Faulty Hip Replacements Were Defective

December 17, 2010

A hip replacement can provide a new lease on life for those who suffer serious hip injuries that might otherwise prevent such simple tasks as walking. Hip replacement surgery is costly and can be very painful with a trying rehabilitation and healing process. Given these challenges, it is shocking to see the number of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson DePuy Orthopaedics which allege that the company knew that their defective hip replacement medical devices had an unacceptably high failure rate, yet did not provide adequate warnings to medical providers or their patients.

DePuy Orthopedics has failed to explain why they waited five months to recall the implant that some surgeons have described as "poorly designed" or "defective". This failure means many people needlessly suffered prolonged pain and weakness in the area without knowing it was linked to the faulty hip replacement medical device. The DePuy hip replacement recall was for about 93,000 units of the DePuy ASR Hip (manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics). If you or someone you love has been the victim of a faulty medical device, the experienced attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law can help you seek compensation.

If you received an ASR implant, you should schedule a follow-appointment with your surgeon even if you are not experiencing any problems. If you do not know the name of your surgeon, you should be able to obtain the information by contacting the medical facility where the medical procedure was performed. You should contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

• Continued pain in the hip, leg, lower back or groin

• A sensation of something being "loose" inside your hip area

• Any clicking sound in your hip

• A decreased ability to perform a normal range of movement in your physical activity

• The sense that your hip is slightly dislocated

• Elevated levels of heavy metals in your bloodstream

The defective medical device can result in the need for painful revisionary surgery to replace the ASR Hip medical device because of loosening, when the components detach from the bone causing infection, fractures or dislocation. The company is now facing a growing number of lawsuits based on liability for manufacturing a defective product, failing to warn patients and doctors of problems with the implant and negligence in designing, manufacturing and selling the product. Sources indicated that as many as one in twelve patients will need painful revisionary surgery, which is double the typical failure rate for such hip replacement procedures. Revisionary surgery is no small matter because such medical procedures are more complicated and costly than primary joint replacements, because surgeons must deal with less bone and more scar tissue.

If you received a hip replacement, you should immediately schedule a follow-up visit to determine if you were implanted with a DePuy ASR hip replacement and to determine whether you need revisionary surgery. If you have experienced serious symptoms like those indicated above, you should also seek immediate legal advice.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we are available to provide a free initial no obligation consultation if you are experiencing serious symptoms that may be related to a defective hip replacement or other defective medical device. Our Georgia DePuy hip replacement recall lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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