Although DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System in 2010 after the devices failed at alarming rates, DePuy hip implant injuries remain a global concern. DePuy, and its parent corporation Johnson & Johnson, are now facing more than 150 hip implant lawsuits from South African patients.
South African Woman’s Painful Journey
According to a news report from Independent Online, 62-year-old Cape Town resident Martha Maria de Kock has undergone three hip implant replacements using DePuy products in the past eight years. These complicated, painful and expensive surgeries have resulted in extremely high amounts of cobalt metal in her blood, the loss of partial vision in one of her eyes, continual chest pain and has also left her walking with a limp.
She and approximately 170 other South African residents who have had similar experiences with the DePuy ASR XL total hip replacement system and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System will soon get their day in a British court. They have filed the equivalent of a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers and are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits Continue in the U.S.
The first DePuy hip implant lawsuit to go to trial resulted in an $8.3 million jury verdict against the manufacturers, who still face an additional 11,000 lawsuits filed in state and federal courts throughout the United States. If you’ve been injured by the DePuy ASR XL total hip replacement system or the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC, to evaluate your legal options. Consultations are free and without further obligation.