Four individuals file lawsuits against DePuy and J&J regarding failed hip devices

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Four cases were filed today on behalf of plaintiffs whose DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc./Johnson & Johnson, Inc. ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement systems have failed prematurely.  The cases were filed on behalf of Dana and Lora Amick, Edelmira De La Garza, Rosa Aranda and Billy and Connie Owens against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, Inc.  John David Hart of the Law Offices of John David Hart in Fort Worth, Texas, is the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the individual lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

“The number of people injured and harmed by this defective device is staggering and continues to grow,” said attorney Hart.  “The real life consequences of the failed hip devices are far reaching and tragic.  I hope that the magnitude of this problem helps focus attention on reform of the medical device approval process so that dangerous, defective devices are not provided to patients in the future.”

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, Inc., recalled its ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system on August 24, 2010. This recall came after data from a recent study indicated that the five year failure rate of this product is approximately 13%, or more than 1 out of every 8 patients. DePuy identified reasons for the failure of the hip replacement system as component loosening, component malalignment, infection, fracture of the bone, dislocation, metal sensitivity and pain. Additional complications from the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System may include increased metal ion levels in the blood, bone staining, necrosis, swelling, nerve damage, tissue damage and/or muscle damage. This device was marketed by DePuy Orthopaedics as a high performance hip replacement system.

John David Hart and the Law Offices of John David Hart represent many individuals in the United States who have been injured as a result of this defective hip replacement system.  The Law Offices of John David Hart is a group of experienced and dedicated legal professionals working to protect the rights of people wronged by the acts of others.  Across the country, the firm represents individuals in cases of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, dangerous drugs, automobile and truck accidents and oil and gas litigation.  For more information, please contact John David Hart at 800.961.4278 or

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