Johnson & Johnson, a household product name, is currently facing about 8,000 lawsuits over just one of their products: DePuy ASR hip implants. These hip implants were recalled in 2010 but the first round of settlements is just being paid. J&J agreed to pay near $600,000 which will go toward resolving three cases. There are also two other cases in Nevada that will be settled for about $200,000 before they go to trial. Experts agree that these settlements are low for what the company was expected to pay. $600,000 was the amount allotted to handle a handful of suits, when the company was expected to settle each individual case for about $200,000 to $500,000. In total, 93,000 units were recalled because of an early failure rate (within the first five years). So what are the side effects that patients are suffering from? Many are currently suffering from metallosis and metal debris in their bloodstream. This can increase metal in the bloodstream to unsafe levels, causing serious illnesses.
Johnson & Johnson isn't the only company facing problems. The risk of illness and injury due to hip implants is widespread across the industry. The risks and complications associated with hip replacement are high in general, causing vein thrombosis, metal toxicity and dislocation in many patients. Approximately one to three percent of all hip replacement patients, regardless of their brand of implant, require additional surgery to remediate the damage. In total, J&J has spent about $800 million on the recall over the past two years. Because of the large number of cases, it is difficult to estimate the total amount of losses for the company. The federal case is pending as DePuy Orthopedics Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation. Arnold & Itkin LLP is prepared to handle such cases and is currently accepting calls from those who believe they have a case. Please contact us for further information.