DePuy Recalled Hip Implant Lawsuits Filed in Austin, Texas

Three lawsuits filed against DePuy and J&J regarding failed hip devices

 AUSTIN, TEXAS—Three cases were filed today on behalf of plaintiffs whose DePuy ASR Acetabular Hip Replacement Systems have failed.  The cases were filed on behalf of Judith Jamison, Sheila Barnwell and Donna and Ted Smothers, against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., DePuy Inc., DePuy International, Ltd., Johnson & Johnson, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson International, Inc.  John David Hart is the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the individual lawsuits filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson, Inc., recalled its ASR 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 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.  Recent information published by the British Orthopaedic Association indicates that failure rates at six years may be as high as 49%.

“Each of the individuals with the recalled device in these cases has either already required revision surgery to remove the defective device or is facing the potential for revision surgery in the future,” said attorney John David Hart. “Recipients of this defective device have suffered from severe, debilitating pain and their quality of life has been dramatically affected.”

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 and medical products, automobile and truck accidents and oil and gas litigation.  For more information, please contact John David Hart at 800.961.4278 or or

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