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

HOUSTON, TEXAS—Five cases were filed today on behalf of plaintiffs whose DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement Systems have failed.  The cases were filed on behalf of Juan and Helen Campo, Elizabeth and Charles Gorbett, Richard Boyd, Thomas and Melanie Neal and Patricia Johnson Taylor 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 Southern District of Texas.

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

“The number of people injured and harmed by this defective device is staggering and continues to grow,” said attorney John David Hart.  “Many are suffering from severe pain on a daily basis.  There are also serious concerns about the long-term effects of increased metal ion levels in the blood stream.  Of the lawsuits filed today, each of the individuals with the recalled device has either already required revision surgery to remove the defective device or is facing the potential for revision surgery in the future.”

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