Lawsuits Filed In Connection With Depuy Hip Replacement Device Recall
May 22nd, 2012|
May 22, 2012
After being hailed as a medical and technological breakthrough, the artificial hip replacement device made by DePuy Orthopedics has been plagued with problems and defects.
The device was introduced in 2005 after DePuy bypassed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) process of conducting clinical trials through the process known as 510(k). This allows a company to skip the clinical trial phase of approval if the company can show that its new device is “substantially equivalent” to one already on the market.
Five years later, the agency would recall approximately 93,000 of the hip implants, known as models ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System, due to mechanical failure. When the metal parts rubbed together inside the body, not only would the device wear quickly, but the metal debris could seep into the bloodstream and cause a buildup of toxic metals.
Since the recall two years ago, there have been approximately 6,000 lawsuits filed against the company claiming that testing should have been conducted on the product before it was introduced. The first of those trials is set to begin in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December.
While thousands of individuals who have suffered because of these failed devices have filed lawsuits, the Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers say it is not too late for others who have been affected by a faulty Depuy Hip Replacement device to file their own complaint.