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DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Attorneys - Top Ten Reasons To Hire
In August 2010, manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its ASR™ Hip System. The DePuy hip replacement recall resulted from new, unpublished information released from a registry service for joint replacements in the United Kingdom. The information detailed that a higher number of patients than previously reported to the manufacturer were requiring a second revision surgery for their implants and on an earlier timetable than anticipated. The recall occurred a few months after DePuy announced its plan to phase out two hip implant devices because of dwindling sales.
DePuy’s position was that most patients would not require revision surgery due to the recall. The company also claimed a commitment to working with patients and insurers to handle medical costs directly stemming from and related to the recall. The manufacturer stated it would assume out-of-pocket costs of hip replacement patients if directly related to the recall, including co-pays, deductibles, lost wages and travel expenses.
DePuy set up a phone line to help answer patient questions and to start the claims and reimbursement processes. The manufacturer also forwarded U.S Food and Drug Administration information to the public on metal-on-metal hips like the ASR™ Hip System.
Risks And Side Effects
The risks and side effects of the DePuy hip replacement implant mainly involve failure rates. Other less frequently reported side effects and symptoms include complications such as the following:
- Fractures around the implant location
- Loosening of the implant
- Dislocation of the implant device
- Metal debris from the implant device spreading into the blood stream.
Information released in August 2010 revealed that the hip implants were more probable to fail within the first five years of implantation than later. Specifically, researchers reported that one in every eight patients who received the ASR™ XL Acetabular System or the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System were required to have revision surgery to replace the devices within five years of original implantation.
Other studies stated that DePuy should have put the recall into place sooner, when it first learned that the implants were failing at higher rates than the norm. Some estimates indicate that five percent of average patients who have hip replacement surgery require a revision surgery to correct device problems within five years after implantation. However, 12 to 13 percent of patients who received the DePuy hip implants required revision surgery within five years.
The Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Hip Replacement Recall Attorney
- Receive assistance with the claims process
- Receive assistance with the reimbursement process
- Recover monies associated with out-of-pocket costs
- Recover monies associated with co-pays
- Recover monies associated with deductibles
- Recover monies associated with lost wages
- Recover monies associated with travel expenses
- Recover monies for any other damages, harm, pain and/or suffering caused by the DePuy hip replacement implant system
- Have any corrective medical procedures performed as soon as possible, using the best available equipment, devices and surgical and medical talent
- Navigate the overall recall process, as well as the litigation process stemming from the recall, if applicable.