September 7, 2010

DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Recall

By now, you may have already heard about the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement product recall. If you are one of the unfortunate recipients of this defective product, you may be left wondering what to do next.

Within 5 years of receiving a DePuy Hip Resurfacing system, it's reported that 12-13% of patients need to have revision surgery to correct the damage. If you've been experiencing pain, malalignment, infection, dislocation or bone fracture, there's a good chance that you fall within the category of recipients necessitating correctional surgery.

Because the poorly designed piece exhibits a dangerous amount of friction between the two metal components, tiny fragments of chromium and cobalt ions are released into your body's soft tissue.

This can compromise the success of the revision surgery so if your surgeon is concerned about this, they should perform a metal ion test beforehand. By performing an ultrasound or MRI scan, soft tissue damage can be visible.

DePuy has agreed to pay what they consider to be reasonable costs for patient evaluation, treatment, and even revision if necessary. They intend to reimburse patients for their medical bills and out of pocket expenses.

As a Seattle personal injury lawyer my firm has extensive experience with product liability cases and I know that dealing with the manufacturer can be a lengthy, complicated process. That's where the experience of a hip recall attorney fighting on your behalf can be essential to recovering the compensation you deserve.