A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has recalled a metal hip implant after complaints of severe pain and system failure, and amid worries that the implants may be sending metal shavings into patients’ bloodstreams, potentially putting them at risk for dementia and heart failure. The subsidiary at issue is DePuy Orthopaedics.
According to a recent news story, the company has sold nearly 100,000 units of its ASR XL Acetabular Hip System. Besides failure, there is a possibility of particles from the implants getting released into the bloodstream. That could cause deafness, dementia and heart failure. DePuy says it is taking full responsibility and “intends to cover reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment services, including revision surgeries.”
Personal injury attorneys and their clients hope that the company takes responsibility for the medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages that innocent victims suffer. If you or a family member has suffered a injury due a defective medical device or drug, it is important that you contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Under Arkansas law, there is a limited time to file defective product lawsuits.