|$8.3 Million Awarded to Injured Victim in DePuy Hip Implant Case|
|Written by Legal Intern|
|Friday, 15 March 2013 15:05|
Earlier this month, a jury awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who claimed that Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary knowingly marketed a faulty hip implant that was later recalled. The product liability lawsuit filed by Loren Kransky, 65, is the first of thousands of similar cases to reach trial in the United States involving a metal-on-metal hip replacement that was removed from the market over two years ago. Other claims like Kransky's involve allegations that the implants left patients with crippling injuries or in need of additional replacement surgeries. If you have experienced a major complication that you believe to be related to the DePuy hip implant, contact our reputable lawyers at Atkins & Markoff to discuss the possibility of filing a product liability claim against the manufacturing company.
Injuries Possibly Linked to the ASR Hip ReplacementIn Kransky's case, the jury found that the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant caused metal poisoning and other side effects suffered by Kransky after he underwent surgery in 2007, and Kransky's attorney says the verdict bodes well for other consumers allegedly harmed by a hip implant. "The message is that these cases are valid, that the injuries are real and severe, and Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have to pay significant money for their mistakes," he said. For its part, J&J plans to appeal the verdict, as DePuy spokeswoman Loire Gawreluk noted. "We believe ASR XL was properly designed, and that DePuy's actions concerning the product were appropriate and responsible," Gawreluk said.
J&J Issues DePuy Hip Implant RecallThe recalled ASR XL hip implant was sold for eight years to more than 90,000 people around the world. The medical device maker stopped making the product in 2009 and recalled it the following year amid concerns about the potential for metal poisoning and other serious complications associated with the device. In many of the product liability lawsuits filed against J&J, the firm is being accused of knowing about the problems with its DePuy hip systems as early as 2008, although the company denies these allegations. During the trial, the plaintiff's attorneys told the jury that black pieces of metal flaked off the artificial implant and caused a type of metal poisoning that could have killed Kransky if the material had not been removed.
Contact Our Reputable Attorneys for Legal HelpJohnson & Johnson, the world's biggest provider of healthcare products, has issued more than 30 product recalls since 2009, and has reportedly set aside about $1 billion to cover the costs associated with the ASR hip implant recall and the resulting lawsuits. If you received a recalled hip implant and have since suffered metal poisoning or another potentially life-threatening side effect, consult our knowledgeable attorneys at Atkins & Markoff as soon as possible. Our lawyers have extensive experience protecting the legal rights of injured consumers nationwide, and will work to help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any other damages related to the allegedly defective product.
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