DePuy Orthopaedics Reportedly Low-Balling Hip Replacement Patient Compensation in Exchange for Medical Records
(March 7, 2011, New York, NY) The Rottenstein Law Group has learned that DePuy Orthopaedics, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary responsible for the worldwide August 2010 hip replacement recall, has been attempting to pay recipients of its defective hip replacement devices substantially less, in terms of compensation, in exchange for their medical records. Patients need to be made aware of their rights before signing any agreements with DePuy; consulting a hip replacement lawyer is the best course of action in order to avoid being taken advantage of.
Recipients of DePuy Orthopaedics’s recalled ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System are being pursued by the company with vague offers of compensation for “certain out-of-pocket medical expenses” in exchange for “simply” signing a release that will allow DePuy to have complete access to patients’ medical records. But these victims get no guarantee of compensation, only consideration on the part of DePuy. In the meantime, patients are at risk of having their private medical records exploited, while receiving little to no compensation for pain and suffering associated with the defective hip replacement devices. Giving DePuy complete autonomy to decide the fate of injured hip replacement recipients leaves them with virtually no recourse if they are dissatisfied with their settlements. Legal experts are advising hip replacement recall victims not to give DePuy the opportunity to determine the “limited and reasonable” costs associated with their ordeals. Instead, they should consider consulting a hip replacement lawyer, who can best determine the degree of compensation victims are entitled to. DePuy is not accounting for additional medical expenses incurred by patients as a result of the symptoms they began experiencing as a result of implantation of a defective hip replacement device. Instead, DePuy is willing only to reimburse for expenses incurred solely from its defective device. Compensation for lost wages, travel expenses, and pain and suffering are not included in the DePuy offer.
The Rottenstein Law Group has set up a Web site to keep patients informed of the latest developments in the DePuy hip replacement recall. Patients are urged to consult legal counsel before agreeing to sign their rights away to DePuy. Filing a hip replacement lawsuit is likely to result in a higher monetary award than dealing directly with DePuy.
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