$8.5 Million Verdict against Johnson & Johnson for DePuy Hip Replacement

by Fred Abramson on March 11, 2013 · 0 comments

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:

  1. Loss of mobility. 
  2. Pain and irritation.
  3. Swelling and Inflammation.
  4. Allergic reaction to the metal.
  5. Tumors
  6. The bone structure can completely weaken causing bone fractures. 

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. After reviewing your records and visiting your doctor, ascertain if hip replacement surgery is needed.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 

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