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Australian Class Action Against J&J Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Grows

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A federal class action filed in federal court in Sydney, Australia against Johnson & Johnson over the recalled DePuy ASR  metal-on-metal hip replacement devices has grown to include over 1,000 plaintiffs with a damages claim of over $200 million.

One of the plaintiffs, Stuart Cain, Brisbane, alleges that he had a DePuy Orthopaedics hip device implanted in 2007, and has since been forced to undergo three replacements of the original device due to femur damage caused by the metal residue from the device.

“I’ve had to stop work,” Cain reported. “I’ve taken leave without pay.” He says that even though Johnson & Johnson has paid for the replacements, he is unable to earn income, and lives in fear of losing his house. “My wife can’t work because she’s got to look after me,” The Courier Mail reports.

An inquiry into the hip replacement devices has recommended to the Federal Health Department of Australia that it is a matter of urgency that a process be established to monitor the health effects of the metal-on-metal devices in patients, including having a yearly test to monitor the blood levels of toxic metals including chromium and cobalt.

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Australian Class Action Against J&J Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Grows was posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 7:30 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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