The court awarded $8.3 million in damages in cases involving DePuy's ASR total hip replacement system.
In the state of California, USA, over ten thousand lawsuits have been filed regarding the DePuy ASR hip replacement device.
In a recent decision, a jury in a California trial found that DePuy Orthopedics was negligent with respect to the device it manufactured and received from Plaintiff Lorena Kransky. She filed a lawsuit against DePuy for damages caused by the device. After a lengthy trial, a jury awarded damages of $8 million, in addition to more than $300,000 in medical expenses. The Kransky case was the first of thousands of similar cases brought to trial in the U.S. over metal hip replacements. It was withdrawn from the market following a worldwide recall in August 2010. There are currently approximately 641 compensation claims pending in Ireland relating to the DePuy hip replacement device. It has been reported that Johnson & Johnson, DePuy's parent company, has earmarked more than €1 billion to cover the costs of a hip replacement device recall to settle legal claims.
More than 3,500 Irish patients received faulty devices manufactured by DePuy. Many Irish patients who received this device had problems with it. In some cases, these are problems that patients will struggle with for the rest of their lives.
If you have received a DePuy device for a hip replacement and require legal advice, please contact Gearoid Howard at Crimmins Howard Solicitors for advice/assistance.