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21 Nov 2013

DePuy Hip Implant Settlement for $2.5 Billion

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In recent news, Johnson & Johnson is settling approximately 8,000 hip replacement lawsuits by proposing to pay nearly $2.5 billion to injured patients.  The lawsuit involves Johnson & Johnson’s ASR hip replacement – part of their DePuy line.  The settlement proposal which is excpected to resolve by early next year, was filed on Tuesday, November 19th with a federal court in Toledo, Ohio.

DePuy ASR Hip Implant LawsuitsThe DePuy Orthopaedics ASR line of hip implants was recalled in 2012 voluntarily by Johnson & Johnson. It was recalled after it was found that 40% of patients who had the hip replacement required a second replacement surgery after five years of having the first device implanted.

Some of the most common complications patients suffered included pain or difficulty walking, metallosis (metal poisoning), or swelling.

In order for the proposal to settle, it must receive agreement from 94% of those patients who had the Depuy hip replacements removed before August 21 of this year.  There are unfortunately up to 4,000 other patients who did receive the medical implant but are not eligible to proceed with this lawsuit.  However, Johnson & Johnson may later have to reach another settlement to compensate patients not covered whose devices failed.

In addition to a possible $2.5 billion lawsuit settlement, Johnson & Johnson has also spent nearly $1 billion on medical costs and communications to patients and surgeons about the recall.  In addition, the manufacturer has already lost $8.3 million in a verdict in the first ASR trial.  In this case, a jury decided that the hip implant had design defects and DePuy Orthopaedics failed to warn patients of the risks.

For more information about filing a class action DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement lawsuit or to determine if you are able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, call our top rated law firm today at (800) 606-1717.  We will discuss your case with you, determine if you are eligible to file a claim, and determine if it is in your best interest to file an individual claim or join an existing class action suit.  Call now for your free, no obligation case review.

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