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DePuy ASR Hip Recipient Files Lawsuit over Pain and Complications

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Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that works to protect the rights of victims of defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., DePuy Inc., DePuy International Limited, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., and Johnson & Johnson International.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division where it joins many others consolidated in multidistrict litigation. Parker Waichman filed the suit on behalf of an Arizona woman who alleges that she suffered painful complications from the DePuy ASR hip replacement device.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was implanted in May 2008 with a DePuy ASR, following which she began to experience significant groin pain and instability. The plaintiff says her injuries are a direct result of the DePuy’s defective metal-on-metal ASR hip system, which was recalled in August 2010.

A study published earlier this month in the journal Orthopedics said that 92 percent of revision surgeries occur within the first three years after implantation, which is relatively early as artificial hip replacements are normally expected to last up to 15 years.

Parker Waichman says that in June the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel decided that there was little reason to use metal-on-metal devices in the future. The journal Chemical Communications also published a study recently that found evidence of genotoxicity (DNA damage) from metal devices which have been found to shed metal ions into the body.

The lawsuit says the plaintiff suffers personal and economic injuries, and seeks compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, economic loss and punitive damages. disclaimer: This article: DePuy ASR Hip Recipient Files Lawsuit over Pain and Complications was posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 8:19 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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