At a conference last week, a team of British orthopedic surgeons warned that just under half of all of the recalled DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement implants could fail within six years. This news is devastating because these unforeseen failures could mean that thousands of people would require additional surgeries. As a Weston Products Liability Attorney, I can say that there is a possibility that these failures lead to several lawsuits. The two organizations, the British Hip Society and the British Orthopaedic Association, said that the issues with DePuy ASR hip implants “could be a widespread issue with all metal-on-metal hips that use large diameter ball-and-socket configurations.”
The orthopedic surgeons say that the failure rate could reach up to 35% after four years, and even up to 49% after six years. They went on to say that victims could experience severe pain and even soft tissue damage. Furthermore, the surgeons also reported that the hip implant failures happened more often with women compared to men.
As a Weston Products Liability Lawyer I would suggest that anyone who has a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip system to get checked out if they are experiencing even the slightest bit of pain. It is my advice to catch something like this early before the pain increases and causes severe damage. As some people may know, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall last August claiming that the failure rate was between 12% and 13% within five years of the surgery. Clearly, if this new report is accurate then many more individuals will be affected.
There have been many product liability lawsuits concerning this issue already. This new report, if confirmed, will help the victims towards winning their cases and receiving more compensation for their damages. Some products liability lawyers have even started class action lawsuits for this product since so many people were hurt by this product failure. As a Weston Injury Attorney, I suggest that if you have this hip implant, to get yourself checked out by your doctor to ensure that your hip system is not defective.