The Growing Popularity of DePuy Hip Defect Lawsuits
Throughout the past few years, lawsuits against DePuy have become increasingly popular. After the FDA recall of DePuy hip replacement systems, more patients became aware of their legal rights and ability to gain compensation for the injuries. There have been consolidated litigation cases organized in states like New Jersey, and one of the most recent consolidation litigation cases has been organized by the Honorable Judge Martinotti. Judge Martinotti has been conducting bellwether trials to determine whether the DePuy hip defect lawsuits should make their way before a jury.
The Consolidated Litigation Efforts Against DePuy
Judge Martinotti is currently organizing these trials as a way to coordinate over 600 state court cases that have been filed. All of these cases make similar allegations that individuals have been seriously injured as a result of the defective nature of DePuy hip replacement systems. The bellwether trial will take place on October 21, 2013.
In recent months, plaintiffs have been successful in recovering large sums of compensation from DePuy. DePuy is a subsidiary company of Johnson & Johnson. In a case that took place in May of 2013, a jury awarded over $8.3 million in compensation to a single plaintiff. After that trial, Johnson & Johnson took the affirmative step of pulling all of its metal implant products from shelves. This move shows that even Johnson & Johnson admits the failings of these metal implant devices and the severe harm that they have caused in the lives of patients.
Frequent Injuries and Pain Suffered by DePuy Patients
There are common injuries and types of pain that DePuy patients have suffered as a result of having a metal hip implant that is defective in design. As for injuries and conditions, the following are some examples of ways in which patients have suffered:
- Development of metallosis (a type of metal poisoning)
- Increased swelling in the hip joint area
- Irritation in the thigh and groin area
- Erosion of hip joints
- Broken or fractured bones in serious cases
There are also some types of localized pain that individuals experience as a result of DePuy hip replacements. The following are types of pain that DePuy patients have consistently reported in their experiences with the products over the years:
- Pain in the hip area
- Pain in the groin area
- Pain while walking
- Pain while sitting
If you have experienced any of these injuries or pain as a result of your DePuy hip replacement, then you should speak with a DePuy injury lawyer about your legal rights today. There may still be time for you to initiate a lawsuit that is initially entered as part of a consolidated litigation effort to hold DePuy accountable for distributing this dangerous product.
Metal poisoning is also one of the most serious issues that patients have faced in dealing with the aftermath of a DePuy hip implant. Metal poisoning occurs when metal ions are released into the bloodstream, and a patient absorbs this metal into the bloodstream. A patient can become nauseated or experience vomiting and diarrhea as a result of metallosis. Metal poisoning also has plenty of other dangerous side effects associated with it. One can permanently injure cells, experience a loss of memory, experience lung damage, have insomnia, experience irritability, have a lack of focus or even pass on birth defects to a child. For younger individuals with a DePuy hip replacement who may have been pregnant at the time of receiving the implant, it could be possible that children suffer from illnesses as a result of the implant.
File DePuy Hip Defect Lawsuits with Help from DePuy Injury Lawyers
Fight for your legal rights today with the guidance and experience of DePuy injury lawyers. Our lawyers have unparalleled experience in handling cases of victims who have been injured by the DePuy line of hip replacement systems. You may be entitled to compensation that you will help you afford the cost of medical expenses or revision surgeries that have been necessary after receiving this hip implant. Our lawyers will pursue a settlement or litigation if necessary on your behalf. Feel free to call one of our lawyers to arrange an initial consultation for your lawsuit today.