The New York Times reports Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the company’s DePuy orthopedics unit, which made and marketed an all-metal hip replacement loses its first case due to a faulty hip replacement. The verdict before a jury was $8.3 million dollars. Be aware that Johnson & Johnson is planning to appeal the decision. This case is a California decision, however, in New York most large judgments are usually reduced in the appeal process. Since the case is in California, a New York judge is not required to follow the decision. Nevertheless, this is a huge win for plaintiffs.
Bad hip replacements are a big problem. If you received one you may understand what I am talking about. The devices have a mechanism which malfunctions and releases metal shavings and dust into nearby tissues and blood. Obviously this cannot be good. This causes various side effects including:
- Loss of mobility.
- Pain and irritation.
- Swelling and Inflammation.
- Allergic reaction to the metal.
- The bone structure can completely weaken causing bone fractures.
If you have experienced pain (or even if you haven’t been feeling pain) as result of a faulty hip implant make by DePuy and you may have a case. If you have not made the connection that the above symptoms are related to your hip replacement call a doctor (don’t call me for medical device, I’m only a lawyer :)).
This is what you need to do:
- Verify if your hip implant was included in the 2010 DePuy Orthopedics recall. How do you do this? Call your doctor. Ask for your medical records.
- After reviewing your records and visiting your doctor, ascertain if hip replacement surgery is needed.
- I can’t emphasize enough that even if you are not experiencing pain now, it doesn’t mean that you won’t experience problems later.
- Contact the Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson at 212-233-0666 and let me help you.
The Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson practices civil litigation including personal injury law in New York.