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Wright Medical and MicroPort Orthopedics Accused of Hiding Defect in Hip Implant

Two cases filed against Wright Medical Technology Inc. and MiroPort Orthopaedics Inc. have been consolidated by a California federal judge. The lawsuit accuses the companies of hiding a crucial defect in their metal cup-and-ball hip implants. The two plaintiffs allege the Profemur Total Hip System broke “suddenly and catastrophically,” leading to emergency surgery that requires damaging the femur. In one case the Profemur implant lasted only 37 months, the other a mere 20 months. The lawsuit comes in the midst of Wright Medical’s multidistrict litigation (MDL) battle against claims that its Conserve Hip Implant, a metal-on-metal hip implant system, has been releasing metal ions into ... Read More

Indiana man claims DePuy Orthopaedics metal-on-metal hip implant is the source of ‘constant debilitating pain’

Just four days after a Texas jury awarded six plaintiffs a $1 billion verdict against DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson related to the company’s metal-on-metal hip implant, a new lawsuit is filed about a similar case. An Indiana man filed a lawsuit against DePuy, the maker of his metal-on-metal hip implant, saying it caused him “constant debilitating pain and instability” because of the “friction wear from the movement at the joint.” He received the hip implant in 2008, but was forced to have revision surgery just six years later to fix the agonizing problems. The metal-on-metal implants have been ... Read More

2016: a bad year for Johnson and Johnson

The Legal Intelligencer says a Johnson and Johnson attorney overseeing products liability litigation said “2016 just happened to be a bad year for trials.” In spite of having “an arsenal of trial teams” Johnson & Johnson, which expects worldwide sales this year to surpass $72 billion, has lost an attention-getting number of high-profile cases. Both Johnson and Johnson and DePuy were found liable for negligent design defect, negligent failure to warn, strict liability failure to warn, failure to recall, negligent misrepresentation, intentional misrepresentation and fraudulent concealment. “After the verdict was read, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade urged the parties to appoint a settling ... Read More

New Zealand Lawyer/Comedian and Metal-on-Metal Hip Recipient Becomes Advocate for Fellow Suffering Patients

James Elliott says the first hip operation he underwent resulted in immediate pain. He had received a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant, which had not been grafted properly. The device was loose and causing Elliott excruciating agony. “It would feel like I had been shot in the leg,” he said. Elliott says he endured 18 months of pain, which negatively affected his ability to father his two young children. Finally, he underwent a revision operation. Instead of providing relief, he says the healing process was brutal, and he admits that he was “mentally unprepared for the rehabilitation.” In the years following ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Recipients Report Severe Sickness

A fall at work in the ’90s caused Australian native Lianne Slinger an injury that led to a total hip replacement in 1999. She received a Sulzer metal-on-metal hip, which has now been recalled. Shortly after, she began experiencing a series of health problems from metal poisoning linked to her hip. Metal-on-metal hip components are made of cobalt and chromium, which, upon corrosion and wear-down, can flake metal particles into the body and cause metallosis. Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning that is a resulting side effect of joint replacing devices such as metal-on-metal hip implants. The symptoms include implant failure, necrosis ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Linked to Heart Failure Risk in Men

Men who received a large-head metal-on-metal hip implant had nearly double the risk of heart failure than men who received a metal-on-polyethylene, said Stephen Graves, M.D., at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. According to a study led by Dr. Graves, 2,115 men had total hip arthroplasties between January 2003 – December 2012. Of those men, 2,028 received metal-on-polyethylene and 87 received the ASR XL, the DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction. The ASR XL recipients had “significant increased risk” of heart failure – one in 10, to be exact. The study strongly suggests that the men who have received the ASR XL should have “close ... Read More

Reactions to Metal Debris Shed by Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Documented as Early as 1970s

Companies such as Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopeadics; Smith & Nephew; and Wright Medical manufacture metal-on-metal hip implant designs that have been shown to fail at an alarmingly high rate. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been in the spotlight lately for the lawsuits associated with patients claiming to be injured by their faulty design. Reports indicate metal-on-metal designs are failing in as little as five years, and many patients are experiencing adverse affects such as loosening, which is an especially dangerous issue for this design. As the parts of the device rub together during normal activities such as walking or running, the metal parts ... Read More

FDA: Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Patients Risk Soft Tissue Damage

Metal-on-metal hip implants have been in the spotlight lately for the lawsuits associated with patients claiming to be injured by their faulty design. The litigation prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  to call for manufacturers of these devices to conduct studies examining safety and efficacy, and has added warnings of its own the the medical devices. Companies such as Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopeadics; Smith & Nephew; and Wright Medical manufacture metal-on-metal hip implant designs that have been shown to fail at an alarmingly high rate. In an article published by Medical News Today, the FDA states that there aren’t ... Read More

Patients with faulty metal hip implants to receive hundreds of thousands in compensation

Richard Stall received an artificial hip nearly five years ago after being seriously injured in a car accident. But the metal hip implant turned out to be defective, causing chronic pain. He ultimately had to undergo revision surgery to remove and replace the device. Stall is thankful to have come through the ordeal feeling much less pain, but he filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty hip implant. Stall was originally fitted with a metal-on-metal hip replacement system made by Stryker Corporation. From the minute he received the implant he was in pain. He soon learned he was not ... Read More

DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More