Lawsuits are being filed en masse against DePuy Orthopaedics for an allegedly defective hip replacement component. Cases have already been filed in Florida and California, and many more are expected. The suits allege that DePuy's ASR acetabular cup - a metal synthetic joint material used in hip resurfacing and replacement procedures - showed higher than normal failure rates than other similar components on the market. The defective design and failure of these parts resulted in revision surgeries, pain and suffering, and recovery time for many patients who had received them.
The suits not only allege that the ASR acetabular cups were defective, but also that DePuy was well aware of their propensity to fail and did not provide that information to physicians. DePuy discontinued the cup in March of 2009, and at that time finally told doctors around the world that the cup showed higher-than-anticipated failure rate, particularly in patients with weakened bones or small statures.
In the year prior to the cup being removed from the marketplace, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already received roughly 300 complaints about it. The majority of those complaints involved patients who had to undergo revision surgeries to replace or reposition the implant.
If you or a loved one received a defective DePuy Orthopaedics ASR acetabular cup implant as part of a hip resurfacing or replacement surgery, you may have the right to recover compensation. Seek advice from an attorney in your area who has experience handling cases involving defective medical devices to learn about your options and protect your rights.