News Ticker

  • Florida Foreclosure Rates Soar

    The number of homes entering foreclosure dropped in February, but a new up-turn may soon be on its way.

    read more

    Actos Bladder Cancer Helpline

    Actos has warnings for Bladder Cancer in type II Diabetics. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Actos...

    read more

  • Class Action Medical Device Recalls

    Get the most updated list of medical device recalls and class actions suits. Know what the FDA has listed warnings about.

    read more

    New Breast Implant Complications

    Our female social workers are extremely concerned about the Breast Implant Claimants and effects of faulty implants on women.

    read more

  • Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers

    Jewish Lawyers Network Nursing Home Abuse helpline has been initiated by our MSW and founder.

    read more

    Georgia Workers Compensation Helpline

    Jewish Lawyers Usa has launched a Georgia Workers Compensation Helpline for the Workers of Georgia.

    read more

  • What Is A Mass Tort?: We get calls on a daily basis from people interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit, medical malpractice lawsuit, class action or other claim relating to a dangerous drug or d...

DePuy (Pinnacle / ASR) Stryker Zimmer Hip Replacement Helpline

DePuy Stryker Zimmer Hip Replacement LawyerA lawsuit has been filed against hip replacement manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc over failure of a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement. The lawsuit against DePuy was filed in Federal District Court in Ft. Myers, Florida . This is believed to be the first lawsuit filed in the United States over the failure of the DePuy ASR hip replacement. The patient in the suit is represented by an alliance of law firms pursuing claims on behalf of patients across the nation with failed DePuy ASR hip replacements.

The lawsuit alleges that the DePuy ASR hip replacement was defectively designed. It claims DePuy knew that their ASR hip replacements were failing at a higher than expected rate, yet it did not pass that information on to consumers or orthopaedic surgeons. As a result, diagnosis that the ASR hip replacement implanted in the patient has failed was needlessly delayed as her physicians were unaware of the prevelance of other failures. During the patient’s surgery to replace the failed hip replacement, her orthopedic surgeon discovered that the cup portion of the ASR hip replacement was extremely loose. The ASR hip replacement is designed so that a patient’s bone grows into the back of the cup to secure it. However, loosening because of a lack of bone in-growth into the cup is a hallmark of DePuy ASR hip replacement failures.

Unfortunately, DePuy’s recall of the ASR systems comes too late for patients that were sold these devices. This is not a typical recall where the toy with lead paint can simply be discarded or returned to the manufacturer for a refund. This recall is for a product that has been implanted in a person’s hip. As a result, the recalled product can only be replaced with the patient going through a painful and debilitating surgery and rehabilitation.

Many observers expect this already high failure rate to increase dramatically as problems with the DePuy ASR hip systems become more widely publicized. Denying that its decision to do so was related to reports of failures of the ASR systems, late last year DePuy ceased sales of the products. Unfortunately, by that time, almost 100,000 of the systems had been implanted in patients worldwide. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is the orthopedic subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

According to DePuy, reported problems with the DePuy ASR hip systems include the following:

* Loosening, when the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the right position
* Fracture, where the bone around the implant may have broken; and
* Dislocation where the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned.

In March of this year, the New York Times published an article about the high early failure rate of DePuy’s ASR hip replacement. Since that article was published many more reports of failures of ASR hip replacements have been received by both DePuy and the United States Food and Drug Administration. In its article, the New York Times quoted orthopedic experts critical of the design of the ASR hip replacement. Experts were also critical of DePuy’s failure to stop sales of the device sooner.

If you have a DePuy ASR hip replacement or hip resurfacing, and are experiencing problems with the device, you need to consult with an experienced medical product liability attorney immediately. It is best to retain an attorney before undergoing a revision surgery so that potentially important evidence can be preserved. Furthermore, by law there is a limited period of time in which you may bring a legal action against DePuy for a failed ASR hip system, so don’t delay.

Zimmer – Durom Cup

Zimmer, Inc. recalled their prosthetic hip implant in July 24th, 2008. Their Durom Cup hip replacement has been implanted in 12,000+ patients when it was introduced in the US in 2006.

If you are uncertain if you have either of the recalled Hip Systems, contact your orthopedic surgeon. Your primary care physician or the hospital where the surgery took place should be able to provide you with the name of your surgeon if you can’t recall who performed the original surgery.

Symptoms of a Durom Cup hip failure include:

• Unexplained Hip Pain

• Thigh Pain or Groin Pain

• Pain with Walking

• Pain Rising from a Seated Position

• Pain with Weight Bearing

* Depuy ASR XL Acetabular System
* Depuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System

Other Hip Implants that have been recalled:

* Zimmer Durom Cup
* Stryker Trident PSL
* Stryker Trident Hemispherical Acetubular Cup

Speculation Mounts About Potential Recall of DePuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

.

April 10, 2011

In the months since a recall of the DePuy ASR XL artificial hip, DePuy might be facing the recall of yet another one of its hip replacements, the Pinnacle Acetabular Component, which has been facing increased scrutiny for its premature failures.

Like the ASR XL, the Depuy Pinnacle is a metal on metal system that was designed to last at least 10-15 years but now, orthopedic surgeons are reporting that these devices have been failing within one to two years of being implanted into their patients.

That’s not good news for DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, which has implanted over 150,000 Pinnacle hip replacements into patients since it was put into service in 2001. Its recent recall of the defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implant systems has forced thousands of hip implant patients to have additional, painful and expensive hip revision surgeries.

Although the ASR and Pinnacle are both metal on metal systems, there are significant differences between the two insofar as:

* the ASR is a monoblock design whereas the Pinnacle uses a modular system.

* the ASR cup is made of one solid piece of metal whereas the Pinnacle has an outer shell

* The Pinnacle is designed in such a way that the surgeon has the option to place a metal, ceramic or polyethylene liner inside the metal outer cup

Much of the problem seems to be with the Pinnacle 36 mm Ultamet Metal-on-Metal component which is failing at an unacceptably high rate. One of the theories seeking to determine the cause suggests that a design problem flows from the fact that the device has been created with one of the lowest clearance levels in the industry. The only other implant with a clearance level this low is the DePuy ASR.

Attorneys and experts investigating the basis for the high rate of failure point to the product design and believe that DePuy created a very narrow window for proper placement of the prosthesis and inadequately trained surgeons in the proper implantation technique.

Like, the recalled DePuy ASR system, the Pinnacle was permitted to reach the market under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) controversial 510(k) approval process, which allows a medical device to be placed on the market without being subjected to necessary clinical trials as long as the manufacturer can show that the device is “substantially equivalent” to a device already approved on the market. DePuy’s ASR system avoided obligatory clinical trials by showing that it was fundamentally similar to the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system, raising some serious issues.

Recently, the FDA has received hundreds of complaints and adverse incident reports against the Pinnacle system, attributed mostly to the Pinnacle’s propensity to prematurely separate from the bone. Moreover, like many other metal on metal devices, constant friction in the Pinnacle may cause an increased risk of metallosis, i.e. the release of miniscule metal particles into the surrounding soft tissue or bloodstream.

All of this has resulted in a wave of new lawsuits being filed around the country against DePuy. Just last week, a motion was filed in the United States District Court in California seeking to consolidate all DePuy Pinnacle cases before one judge in what is known as a multi district litigation, or MDL. The MDL Panel is scheduled to rule on this application in May.

In the interim, our hip replacement team continue to investigate claims of Pinnacle failures and counsel our clients on what to do in the event that they need revision surgery.

If you or a loved one have been implanted with a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement and are experiencing any pain or disability:

-See a doctor immediately.

-Do not release any of your confidential medical information to any DePuy representatives before speaking to experienced hip replacement counsel.

-If you are told that you will need hip revision surgery, make sure that the removed component parts are preserved. Your counsel should be familiar with this process and be working with the proper experts to insure that it is done correctly.

For further information and to consult with our hip replacement litigation helpline call 1.877.522.2123.
If you or a loved one has experienced any of the following Symptoms you may have a recalled hip implant!

* Serious Constant Pain
* Swelling
* Clicking or Popping

* Hip Fracture
* Loosening of the Implant
* Implant Dislocation

Attorneys for the depuy hip replacement lawsuits In:

 Auburn AL; Birmingham AL; Dothan AL; Gadsden AL; Huntsville AL; Mobile AL; Montgomery AL; Muscle Shoals AL; Tuscaloosa AL; Anchorage AK; Fairbanks AK; Juneau AK; Flagstaff AZ; Sedona AZ; Mohave County AZ; Phoenix AZ; Prescott AZ; Show Low AZ; Sierra Vista AZ; Tucson AZ; Yuma AZ; Fayetteville AR; Fort Smith AR; Jonesboro AR; Little Rock AR; Bakersfield CA; Chico CA; Fresno CA; Humboldt County CA; Inland Empire CA; Long Beach CA; Los Angeles CA; Mendocino (new) CA; Merced CA; Modesto CA; Monterey CA; O.C. CA; Oakland CA; Palm Springs CA; Palmdale CA; Redding CA; Sacramento CA; San Diego CA; San Fernando Valley CA; San Francisco CA; San Gabriel Valley CA; San Jose CA; San Luis Obispo CA; San Mateo CA; Santa Barbara CA; Santa Cruz CA; Santa Maria CA; Siskiyou CA; Stockton CA; Susanville CA; Ventura CA; Visalia CA; Boulder CO; CO Springs CO; Denver CO; Fort Collins CO; Pueblo CO; Rockies CO; Western Slope CO; Eastern CT CT; Hartford CT; New Haven CT; Northwest CT CT; Wilmington DE; Dover DE; Newark DE; Pike Creek DE; Bear DE; Washington D.C. District of Columbia; Daytona FL; Fort Myers FL; Ft Lauderdale FL; Gainesville FL; Jacksonville FL; Keys FL; Lakeland FL; Miami FL; Ocala FL; Orlando FL; Panama City FL; Pensacola FL; Sarasota FL; Space Coast FL; St. Augustine FL; Tallahassee FL; Tampa FL; Treasure Coast FL; West Palm Beach FL; Albany GA; Athens GA; Atlanta GA; Augusta GA; Brunswick GA; Columbus GA; Macon GA; Northwest GA GA; Savannah GA; Statesboro GA; Valdosta GA; Big Island HI; Honolulu HI; Kauai HI; Maui HI; Boise ID; East ID ID; Lewiston ID; Twin Falls ID; Bloomington IL; Carbondale IL; Chambana IL; Chicago IL; Decatur IL; La Salle County IL; Mattoon IL; Peoria IL; Rockford IL; Springfield IL; Western IL IL; Bloomington IN; Evansville IN; Ft Wayne IN; INpolis IN; Kokomo IN; Lafayette IN; Muncie IN; Richmond IN; South Bend IN; Terre Haute IN; Cedar Rapids IA; Des Moines IA; Dubuque IA; Fort Dodge IA; IA City IA; Mason City IA; Ottumwa IA; Quad Cities IA; Sioux City IA; Waterloo IA; Lawrence KS; Manhattan KS; Topeka KS; Wichita KS; Bowling Green KY; Eastern KY KY; Lexington KY; Louisville KY; Owensboro KY; Western KY KY; Baton Rouge LA; Lafayette LA; Lake Charles LA; Monroe LA; New Orleans LA; Shreveport LA; Portland ME; Lewiston ME; Bangor ME; West Scarborough ME; Annapolis MD; Baltimore MD; Cumberland Valley MD; Eastern Shore MD; Frederick MD; Western MD MD; Boston Massachusetts; Cape Cod Massachusetts; South Coast Massachusetts; Springfield Massachusetts; Worcester Massachusetts; Ann Arbor MI; Battle Creek MI; Central MI MI; Detroit MI; Flint MI; Grand Rapids MI; Holland MI; Jackson MI; Kalamazoo MI; Lansing MI; Monroe MI; Muskegon MI; Northern MI MI; Port Huron MI; Saginaw MI; Southwest MI MI; Upper Peninsula MI; Duluth MN; Mankato MN; Minneapolis MN; St Paul MN; Rochester MN; St. Cloud MN; Biloxi MS; Hattiesburg MS; Jackson MS; Meridian MS; Natchez MS; North MS MS; Columbia/Jeff City MO; Joplin MO; Kansas City MO; Kirksville MO; Lake of the Ozarks MO; Southeast MO MO; Springfield MO; St. Joseph MO; St. Louis MO; Billings MT; Missoula MT; Great Falls MT; Bozeman MT; Butte MT; Grand Island NE; Lincoln NE; North Platte NE; Omaha NE; Scottsbluff NE; Las Vegas NV; Reno NV; Manchester NH; Nashua NH; East Concord NH; Concord NH; Derry Village NH; Central Jersey NJ; Jersey Shore NJ; North Jersey NJ; South Jersey NJ; Albuquerque New Mexico; Santa Fe New Mexico; Albany NY; Binghamton NY; Buffalo NY; Catskills NY; Chautauqua NY; Elmira NY; Finger Lakes NY; Glens Falls NY; Hudson Valley NY; Ithaca NY; Long Island NY; New York City NY; Oneonta NY; Plattsburgh NY; Potsdam NY; Rochester NY; Syracuse NY; Twin Tiers NY; Utica NY; Watertown NY; Westchester NY; Asheville NC; Boone NC; Charlotte NC; Eastern NC; Fayetteville NC; Greensboro NC; Hickory NC; Outer Banks NC; Raleigh NC; Wilmington NC; Winston Salem NC; Fargo ND; Akron OH; Canton OH; Ashtabula OH; Athens OH; Chillicothe OH; Cincinnati OH; Cleveland OH; Columbus OH; Dayton OH; Huntington/Ashland OH; Lima/Findlay OH; Mansfield OH; Sandusky OH; Toledo OH; Tuscarawas County OH; Youngstown OH; Zanesville/Cambridge OH; Lawton OK; OK City OK; Stillwater OK; Tulsa OK; Bend OR; Corvallis OR; East OR OR; Eugene OR; Medford OR; OR Coast OR; Portland OR; Roseburg OR; Salem OR; Allentown PA; Altoona PA; Cumberland Valley PA; Erie PA; Harrisburg PA; Lancaster PA; Meadville PA; Philadelphia PA; Pittsburgh PA; Poconos PA; Reading PA; Scranton PA; State College PA; Williamsport PA; York PA; Providence RI; Warwick RI; Cranston RI; Pawtucket RI; East Providence RI; Woonsocket RI; Charleston SC; Columbia SC; Florence SC; Greenville SC; Hilton Head SC; Myrtle Beach SC; Sioux Falls SD; Rapid City SD; Aberdeen SD; Chattanooga TN; Knoxville TN; Memphis TN; Nashville TN; Tri-cities TN; Abilene TX; Amarillo TX; Austin TX; Beaumont TX; Brownsville TX; College Station TX; Corpus Christi TX; Dallas TX; Denton TX; El Paso TX; Fort Worth TX; Galveston TX; Houston TX; Huntsville TX; Killeen TX; Laredo TX; Lubbock TX; Mcallen TX; Odessa TX; San Antonio TX; San Marcos TX; Texarkana TX; Texoma TX; Tyler TX; Victoria TX; Waco TX; Wichita Falls TX; Logan UT; Ogden UT; Provo UT; Salt Lake City UT; St. George UT; Burlington VT; Essex Junction VT; Bennington VT; Charlottesville VA; Chesapeake VA; Danville VA; Fredericksburg VA; Hampton VA; Harrisonburg VA; Lynchburg VA; New River Valley VA; Newport News VA; Norfolk VA; Portsmouth VA; Richmond VA; Roanoke VA; SouthWV VA; Suffolk VA; VA Beach VA; Bellingham WA; Everett WA; Moses Lake WA; Olympia WA; Pullman WA; Seattle WA; Spokane WA; Tacoma WA; Tri-cities WA; Wenatchee WA; Yakima WA; Charleston WV; Huntington WV; Martinsburg WV; Morgantown WV; Parkersburg WV; Southern WV WV; Wheeling WV; Appleton WI; Eau Claire WI; Green Bay WI; Janesville WI; La Crosse WI; Madison WI; Milwaukee WI; Racine WI; Sheboygan WI; Wausau WI; Cheyenne WY; Casper WY; Laramie WY; Gillette WY;

 

  • Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Florida Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed Medical malpractice claims in Florida include lawsuits against hospitals, doctors and nursing homes  for:  misdiagnosis, failure to treat,surgical errors and  childbirth errors can result in huge ...
  • Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits Continue: Johnson and Johnson's famous baby powder and Shower To Shower products are under the legal gun for causing ovarian cancer in women. It appears the use of this powder to " dry Off" on the genital area for over five years is being connected t...
  • Florida Mesothelioma Asbestos Injury Lawyers: Get Help With Your Mesothelioma Claim No Need To Go It Alone Florida  Mesothelioma Lawyer Network Florida Mesothelioma Lawyers Trust Funds Have Mesothelioma  Compensation Available Mesothelioma Lawyers Will help You Get This Compensati...
  • Get A Hip Replacement Lawyer: Our experienced hip replacement lawyers have gotten high settlements for people suffering with a faulty hip replacement. Recipients are finding high levels of toxic metal substances in their blood stream due to the friction between the meta...

We Can Help You Find A Lawyer in Your City