The following are the significant cases our firm is investigating. If you suffered an injury caused by a product not on this list, you may still contact us regarding your potential case.
After receiving hundreds of complaints about the product, Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics finally recalled its ASR hip replacements in August 2010. This hip replacement system has a shockingly high rate of failure, and many of the victims of these failures have had to undergo a second, painful surgery to remove and replace the defective hip.
Orthopedic specialists believe that DePuy’s design of the hip replacement cup is the reason for the failures. DePuy’s cup is shallower than some other hip implants, and that may be the reason why DePuy’s ASR system has such a high failure rate. Dr. Harlan C. Amstutz, an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles who designs hip implants for another orthopedics company, said that he believed that DePuy’s design is prone to problems.
Following the massive hip implant recall of DePuy’s ASR and ASR XL models, patients and doctors are reporting similar problems involving DePuy’s Pinnacle model when it is used with a metal liner.
Nearly 1,300 adverse reports already have been filed with the FDA for Pinnacle hip implants. And these reports are growing rapidly over time. For example, in 2010 alone, 545 adverse event reports were filed with the FDA regarding the Pinnacle hip implant.
The FDA has not yet recalled the Pinnacle hip implant. But if DePuy’s recent ASR hip implant recall teaches us anything, it’s that the FDA doesn’t always move quickly to protect the public from defective medical devices. In the case of the ASR hip implant, the FDA waited until the failure rate increased to a shocking 13 percent before it forced DePuy to issue a hip replacement recall.
We currently represent people from across the country who had a defective orthopedic implant. If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by an orthopedic implant, you may be entitled to recover damages in a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
We have an unparalleled depth of knowledge about hip implant litigation that comes from years representing orthopedic companies. For example, the firm’s partner, Brian Devine, worked for years at Sulzer Medica, a global manufacturer of hip and knee implants. As its Assistant General Counsel, Brian was responsible for all of the firm’s product liability cases worldwide. When the company suddenly had to recall several thousand hip and knee implants in December 2000, Brian was given lead responsibility for managing the resulting avalanche of litigation. He managed thousands of individual cases and directed attorneys in almost every state in the country. He then took a leading role in negotiating a nationwide class-action settlement which provided $1 billion in compensation to those who were injured by Sulzer Medica’s hip and knee implants.
Brian now uses his experience to help victims who are injured by orthopedic products. His legal and medical knowledge combined with the unique perspective he gained while working for a medical device company makes him a formidable adversary. Brian’s skill as an advocate is best proven by his results. In the last few years alone, he has recovered more than $20 million for a wide variety of clients. He has scored five victories in excess of $1 million, and his largest victory is a $3.7 million settlement on behalf of a single client.
We have offices in San Francisco, California. We represent injured persons nationwide through our network of experienced and dedicated attorneys.
Our description of your legal rights is not intended to constitute legal advice and is not intended to imply that any product is defective. That can only be determined through a case-specific investigation. This site is not affiliated in any way with any manufacturer of hip implants.