DePuy Orthopedics recent hip replacement recall of its ASR XL Acetabular System and its ASR Hip Resurfacing System is long overdue according to the thousands of patients who have already undergone painful hip replacement surgery – and the 10,000 others who may have to in the future.
DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit: Over 10,000 People May Be Affected
DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recently recalled the following hip replacement products:
- ASR XL Acetabular System – a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement.
- ASR Hip Resurfacing System – a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur, a method intended to preserve more bone.
Hip replacement lawyers say that the failure rate of these hip replacements is a staggering 12 to 13 percent. With nearly 100,000 consumers who have undergone hip replacement surgery in which DePuy hip replacement products were used, that means over 10,000 people may have to undergo painful hip replacement surgery – again.
DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit: Who's Responsible?
Numerous DePuy hip replacement lawsuits have already been filed against the company alleging that the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System are defective, that DePuy knew about the high rate of failure, that it did not institute a recall soon enough and that it failed to warn consumers about DePuy hip replacement injuries.
Although the company had previously blamed the products' high failure rate on surgeons, hip replacement lawyers say that simply isn't the case in most instances. However, DePuy has finally taken responsibility for the defective products. In a press release, David Floyd, the President of DePuy Orthopedics, said:
We regret that this recall will be concerning for patients, their family members and surgeons. We are committed to assisting patients and health care providers by providing information through multiple channels and paying for the cost of doctor visits, tests and procedures associated with the recall.
But is it too little, too late? For the thousands of patients whose ASR XL Acetabular System or ASR Hip Resurfacing System has already failed them and to the thousands more whose systems may fail in the future – the answer to that question is likely yes.
Hiring A Hip Replacement Lawyer
If your hip replacement has failed, contact an experienced DePuy hip replacement recall attorney to discuss your situation, find out how the recall may affect you and determine whether or not you might be able to filed a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit to recover damages such as lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and more.