Actress Jane Kaczmarek may soon regret lending her name and reputation to DePuy Orthopaedics.
DePuy’s former “poster lady” for the ASR hip implant, gymnast Penny Brown, is now a victim of the massive DePuy hip replacement recall that has affected nearly 100,000 people around the world. Ms. Brown now regrets her role in promoting the defective hip implant and she worries that she may have played a part in convincing other people to have the recalled hip implant put in their bodies.
Penny Brown is a former gymnast fron England. DePuy approcahed her and asked her to lend her name and reputation to promoting the ASR hip implant. She agreed and DePuy used her story and her image to promote the defective ASR implant around the world. DePuy flew her to international conferences to promote the hip implant that later would be recalled.
Then, like so many others who have the ASR hip implant, Ms. Brown began to have problems with her hip. She bang to have constant pain in her hip and noticed a “clunking” sound coming from the hip implant. After suffering in pain for two years, Ms. Brown found out that her ASR hip implant had failed and had to be replaced.
Penny Brown is now recovering from undergoing a complex, risky, and painful surgery to remove and replace the recalled ASR hip implant that she helped promote. Not only is she going through her own anguish, be she is worried about the pain she may have caused others. She said:
I’m extremely angry. As the poster lady for DePuy I’ve not only been let down personally but, as I encouraged others to have it , feel to some extent responsible for their suffering.
Now that it is struggling with the public relations nightmare that was caused the the ASR recall, DePuy recently announced an aggressive marking campaign for the products that it sells that have not yet been recalled. And DePuy’s new promoter is Emmy-nominated actress Jane Kaczmarek (best known for her role in the TV show Malcom in the Middle. DePuy is using Ms. Kaczmerek in its cross-country tour called “Anatomy of Movement.”
Meanwhile, DePuy continues to promote its metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant, despite thousands of reports to the Food and Drug Administration that the Pinnacle hip implant has caused an adverse reaction.
HIP IMPLANT RECALL CLAIMS
We currently represent people from across the country and around the world who had a DePuy ASR hip implant or a metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant that failed. If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by a metal-on-metal hip implant, you may be entitled to recover damages in a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
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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.
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