A settlement is under negotiation in a DePuy ASR hip lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court. The case, involving plaintiff Robert Eugene Ottman, was intended to be the first case to go to trial among a pool of DePuy ASR hip lawsuits in the California state court. However, rather than beginning trial proceedings, DePuy Orthopaedics made efforts to begin the settlement process.
Settlement details between Ottman and DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson unit, have not yet been made public.
DePuy ASR lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are optimistic about the future of DePuy ASR hip lawsuits following this settlement negotiation in California. The movement to settle rather than enter into a trial demonstrates that DePuy may be more inclined to settle future cases.
In fact, Bloomberg reported in August 2013 that DePuy was deliberating a $3 billion settlement of over 11,000.
Defective Metal-on-Metal Design
The DePuy ASR hip models feature a metal-on-metal design that has been linked to metal poisoning. Plaintiffs who have filed DePuy ASR hip lawsuits claim that DePuy’s metal-on-metal hip replacement features a defective design, wherein metal components of the hip replacement come into contact, causing the release of metal flakes into the bloodstream and surrounding bone and tissue. In addition to damaging bone and tissue, these metal particles have been known to cause neurological problems, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Furthermore, the DePuy ASR hip models have abnormally high failure rates of between 12 – 13 % between the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. As a result of such a high rate of failure, patients who received a DePuy ASR hip replacement have undergone numerous revision surgeries to repair damage from the ASR hip and to insert a new hip replacement.
Share Your DePuy ASR Hip Story
DePuy ASR hip attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe are currently accepting DePuy ASR hip cases. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe today for a free legal evaluation of your DePuy ASR hip case, and for more information about your compensation eligibility. You can also speak with one of our on-staff medical experts about health complications related to the DePuy ASR hip replacement.
Share your DePuy ASR hip story with Carey Danis & Lowe by calling 800.721.2519, or by submitting a personal injury claim form.References: Defective Medical Device litigation, Hip/Knee Replacement