DePuy Orthopedics faces a pending multidistrict litigation (MDL) as the result of a number of lawsuits filed by patients who allege they suffered serious complications from the company’s ASR metal hip implants.
One of the most recent cases was brought by a Michigan man who underwent DePuy ASR hip implant surgery in 2008 after receiving the company’s marketing materials. Shortly following the implant, he experienced serious injuries that eventually forced him to have another surgery to remove the implant in 2016. The plaintiff alleges that DePuy failed to warn him of the serious side effects linked to DePuy ASR metal hip implants, including the risk of metallosis (blood poisoning caused by metal), which he eventually suffered.
As the demand for more hip and knee replacements increases, it is likely that additional manufacturers will attempt to push new products through the FDA approval process without proper testing or trials. Unfortunately for patients, this will likely mean that lawsuits over defective medical implants will also increase.
If you or a loved one is having joint replacement surgery, be sure to watch for signs that the implant could be defective. In general, patients with defective implants report feeling severe pain around the joint, feeling like the joint is loose, or feeling a grinding sensation in the joint. Defective implants that are not replaced quickly can lead to metallosis as well as osteolysis, which is where the bone surrounding the implant dies. Many people injured by defective joint implants need multiple operations to correct the various issues caused by the defective implant.
If you are in extreme pain after a hip or knee replacement, always contact your doctor. If you learn that your hip or knee implant needs to be replaced, speak with an experienced defective medical device attorney.
If you have suffered injuries from an unsafe or defective medical product, the experienced product liability legal team at Roberts & Roberts is here to help with compassionate, aggressive representation. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.