Columbus, OH (PRWEB) January 11, 2015
The judge presiding over the federal litigation of DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuits has issued an order extending the deadline to January 31 for DePuy ASR hip implant plaintiffs who have not undergone revision surgery to decide whether to dismiss their case or continue with their ASR hip replacement lawsuit. Judge Katz issued an order in October allowing non-revision ASR hip implant plaintiffs to submit a form by December 31 that specifies whether they will continue or dismiss their case. According to the order, plaintiffs who elect to dismiss their case may file their DePuy ASR Hip recall lawsuits again if they require revision surgery in the future. DePuy has agreed to toll, or suspend, the statute of limitations in those cases, Judge Katz said in his order. The plaintiffs newly filed DePuy ASR complaint will be considered a continuation of their previously filed DePuy ASR lawsuit, according to the judges order. Judge Katz issued an order on December 24 to extend the election deadline to January 31. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation MDL 2197)
The firm is currently representing numerous clients from around the country in DePuy Hip recall lawsuits and continues to off free legal evaluations to DePuy hip replacement recipients. To speak with one of the attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC call 1-800-399-0705 or visit http://www.yourlegalhelp.com for more information on this and other hip replacement lawsuit news.
DePuy issued a recall of its ASR total hip system in August 2010 after data showed that the revision rates within five years was about 13 percent, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA notes that metal-on-metal implant systems carry unique risks because metal can be released from parts of the implants as the patient walks or run. Over time, some of the metal ions (cobalt and chromium) from the implant or from the metal particles can enter a hip recipients bloodstream. The metal particles can also lead to damage to the bone or tissue that is near the implant and joint. This adverse local tissue reaction due to the metal debris may lead to pain, implant loosening, device failure, and the need for removing the implant and replacing it with another one.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm, January 17, 2013]
Court records for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio indicate that there are 7,761 DePuy ASR Hip Implant product liability lawsuits pending as of December 15, 2014. The DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuits allege that the DePuy ASR hip systems were defectively designed and that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy did not adequately warn patients and health providers of its risk. The DePuy ASR hip complaints further allege that metal debris released from the hip implants metal components caused plaintiffs to suffer such serious health complications as metallosis (metal poisoning), chromium and cobalt poisoning, swelling, and pain which resulted in early failure of the implant and in some cases, a need for revision surgery. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation MDL 2197)
Bloomberg reported in October 2013 that DePuy agreed to pay nearly $ 2.5 billion to settle about 8,000 DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuits lawsuits with plaintiffs who had surgery to remove DePuys ASR metal-on-metal hip implants as of August 31, 2013. According to Bloomberg, the plaintiffs who had the revision surgery would receive an average base settlement award of $ 250,000. The agreement also called for plaintiffs who underwent multiple revision surgeries to receive a supplemental award.
[bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-30/j-j-may-pay-250-million-to-settle-1-000-more-hip-claims.html, October 30, 2014]
About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing A Depuy ASR Hip Recall Lawsuit
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