If you had a De Puy ASR hip replacement between 2003 and 2010, you may be eligible for a cash award from the manufacturer of the device, Johnson & Johnson. Two devices, the ASR Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, have been recalled.
De Puy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled the replacement systems in August of 2010 after they claimed earlier in 2010 they were phasing out the devices because of declining sales. In March 2010, De Puy issued a warning to doctors and patients about the devices, but had not yet issued a recall and vigorously refuted claims that a recall was imminent. The recall came after a high failure rate was discovered in a study that indicated 13%, or one in 8 patients, who received the ASR hip replacements needed revision surgery within five years.
DePuy replacement systems were designed to replace one or both parts of a patient’s damaged or worn hip with of metal-on-metal units. However over time, a number of these units have become loose or misaligned, have caused infection or fracture of the bone as well as dislocation, metal sensitivity and pain. Even after a second, corrective surgery patients may continue to suffer from the ill-effects of increased metal ion levels in the blood, as metallic flakes of deteriorating ASR hip replacement systems are deposited into the bloodstream. Still other patients develop soft tissue masses, known as pseudotumors, a result of exposure to toxic metal debris circulating throughout the body.
What should you do if you have had an ASR hip replacement? Although the manufacturer has offered to assist patients who are suffering from the ill-effects of ASR devices, you need an experienced, trusted legal advocate at your side to demand justice. The Law Offices of Henry Hanflik will achieve the maximum compensation for physical injuries and economic losses you may have suffered as a result of the Johnson and Johnson (De Puy) ASR devices.
If you are experiencing pain, swelling or other complications from your ASR hip replacement device, call the Law Offices of Henry Hanflik at 888-905-4632 or 810-720-4000. Don’t delay as there is a limited time to file your claim.