DePuy Orthopedics, one of Johnson & Johnson’s largest subsidiaries, has been under siege since 2010 when the ASR hip implant devices were recalled.
DePuy manufactured two ASR devices. The ASR XL Acetabular System was a complete hip replacement system while the ASR Hip Resurfacing system fixed normal wear-and-tear on hips.
Surgeons conducted more than 93,000 hip replacement surgeries using these defective systems. In 2010, it was discovered the systems failed at abnormally high rate. In fact, 40 percent of patients were required to undergo a second surgery to fix the problems with the first implanted device.
In 2010, all of the ASR devices on the market were recalled and in 2013, parent company Johnson & Johnson managed to settle 7,500 cases for $2.5 billion. However, additional pending lawsuits were not included in that settlement.
The original 2013 settlement only provided compensation for victims who had endured a second surgery before the end of 2013. For those whose follow-up hip surgeries occurred in 2014 or 2015, no financial compensation was forthcoming.
Lawyers for patients who were not covered under the original settlement continued to litigate and forced Johnson & Johnson to extend the claims deadline to an additional 1,400 patients who received ASR hip implant surgeries after Dec. 2013.
Under the new deadline extension, the company has committed more than $420 million in additional monies to qualifying injured patients who will be awarded at least $300,000 each. The settlement agreement preserves the right of patients who have been severely injured to be compensated above and beyond the initial $300,000.
Only an experienced attorney can determine whether you and your family qualify for a settlement award.
Lewis & Keller: ASR Defective Hip Implant Lawyers
The DePuy hip replacement lawyers at Lewis & Keller have been working with patients and families who have been injured by defective hip implants since 2010. We represent families in all corners of North Carolina.
It has been five years since the devices were first recalled, and in that time more than 96,000 ASR hip implant devices were pulled off the market. Tens of thousands of families have been affected and unfortunately, not all of them have had a chance to be financially compensated for their injuries.
This new settlement allows everyone who was injured by the devices and whose surgery to remove the implants occurred before or on Jan. 31, 2015, to file a claim.
Act quickly to preserve all of your legal rights today. Contact our law firm for a free consultation.