New details are emerging about what medical manufacturers may have known about the dangers of all-metal hip implants in the first of approximately 10,000 lawsuits to go to trial over claims that Johnson & Johnson is liable for producing a defective hip implant and failed to warn patients of the device’s risks.
According to this article, a Johnson & Johnson designer told the jury that the DePuy ASR XL hip implant was taken off the market in 2010 due to safety concerns amidst reports that the DePuy ASR XL hip implant had a “higher than expected” failure rate.
At the time the DePuy ASR XL hip replacement system was removed from the market in August 2010, Johnson & Johnson publicly stated that approximately 12 percent of the devices failed, but plaintiffs assert that DePuy officials knew that the failure rate was actually much higher.
The plaintiff in this first lawsuit – 65-year-old Loren Kransky – claims that DePuy designed the ASR poorly and failed to test it adequately. As a result of its defective design, the metal-on-metal device caused metal debris to penetrate his bloodstream and damage surrounding tissues.
Metal-on-metal hip implants, like the ASR hip implants and the Stryker Rejuvenate, have been associated with significant risk of developing serious complications including tissue damage, device failure, bone and muscle deterioration, necrosis, hip and groin pain, inflammation, numbness, metallosis, or the buildup of metallic ions in the tissues of the body, dislocation of non-cemented implants, pseudotumors, and other medical problems. Some patients may require a subsequent corrective surgery to remove and replace the recalled hip replacement system.
Johnson & Johnson argues that the plaintiff’s high metal levels were caused by other medical conditions, including the plaintiff’s diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, and kidney cancer.
As we recently reported, internal company documents of Johnson & Johnson revealed that an internal analysis conducted by the company in 2011 estimated that the all-metal hip implants would fail within five years in nearly 40 percent of patients who received it. Not only did Johnson & Johnson fail to release these daunting projections, but it also continued to downplay similar findings, according to an article in the New York Times.
Patients who have received a recalled metal-on-metal hip implant should consult with their doctor immediately. According to Bloomberg, the FDA recommends that patients receive radiographs at least every two years even if they aren’t experiencing any symptoms that would indicate that the metal-on-metal hip implant is failing.
You may also wish to consult with a skilled hip implant attorney since you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, in a product liability or medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact the Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about the dangers of all-metal hip implants.