Testimony in the DePuy ASR Hip trial in California continues to shed light on the defective quality of Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR Hip Replacement system. A biomedical engineer and McGill University professor served as an expert witness for the plaintiff, Loren Kransky, in the first DePuy ASR Hip lawsuit to go to trial. Kransky v. DePuy is being heard in a California Superior Court in Los Angeles County.
According to a Bloomberg News report, the biomedical engineer, Dennis Bobyn, stated that he believed the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement system was designed by Johnson & Johnson with several design flaws that caused an abnormally high rate of failure.
One of these DePuy ASR Hip implant defects involves the metal components, specifically the metal cup and the metal ball, that slide against one another causing a release of metal debris, which then enters the bloodstream and damages local tissues, bones, and muscles.
Metallosis, or metal poisoning, is a major health complication associated with the implantation of the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement system.
In their defense, lawyers for Johnson & Johnson are attempting to build an argument that Kransky’s health complications are unrelated to any defects with Kransky’s DePuy ASR Hip Replacement.
As detailed in a Bloomberg News report dating from February 8, the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement system has a recorded rate of failure in the United Kingdom of 12 percent in five years. An even high failure rate has been recorded in Australia at 40 percent.
In light of the DePuy ASR Hip implant’s abnormally high failure rates, Johnson & Johnson’s defense appears to be flimsy and inadequate.
The defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are keeping a watchful eye on the court proceedings of Kransky v. DePuy. Furthermore, Carey Danis & Lowe is currently providing free legal consultations regarding DePuy ASR Hip cases. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe for a free legal evaluation and to file a DePuy ASR Hip Replacement lawsuit by calling 800.721.2519.References: Defective Medical Device litigation, Hip/Knee Replacement