Johnson & Johnson has consented to pay an additional $420 million to settle ASR hip implant lawsuits that had been excluded from a 2013 settlement amounting to $2.5 billion. The lawsuits allege that the metal-on-metal hip replacements caused pain, dislocation and metal poisoning. In addition, the implants often required patients to undergo painful revision surgery in which the defective implant was removed and a new system inserted.
The settlement should provide compensation for up to 1,400 patients who had the ASR hip implant removed since 2013. Each patient would receive approximately $300,000 under the terms of the settlement.
A spokesperson for J&J’s DePuy unit claims that the medical device maker is seeking to avoid expensive litigation. Taken together, the original and the new settlement should cover more than 90 percent of the existing lawsuits involving ASR hip removals.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Failed in Less than Five Years, Causing Pain and Metal Poisoning
In 2005, J&J introduced the ASR metal implants into the American market as a product that would last for 20 years. But in August 2010, there were 93,000 ASR hip implants recalled worldwide. J&J’s internal documents revealed that 37 percent of ASR hips went bad after just 4.6 years. And in Australia, the failure rate after seven years was 44 percent.
Waters Kraus & Paul: Learn More About Filing a Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit
Waters Kraus & Paul is a national plaintiffs’ law firm devoted to helping families in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving metal-on-metal hip implantsmanufactured by a number of companies, including Stryker, Zimmer, Biomet and DePuy. Based in Dallas, Texas, with offices in California and Maryland, Waters Kraus & Paul has participated in the representation of families from all fifty states and many foreign countries, as well as foreign governments.
If you have suffered injuries or the death of a loved one associated with a dangerous medical device, contact us by email or call us at 800.226.9880 to speak with one of our hip implant attorneys, like Sara Coopwood in the firm’s Texas office, and learn more about how we can assist you with a metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuit or claim.