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Thousands of DePuy Hip Replacement Recipients Remain Unaware of Recall


(April 4, 2011, New York, NY) DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled 93,000 of its metal-on-metal hip replacement devices in August 2010. The recall was precipitated by publicized data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showing that DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems were failing between 12 and 13 percent of the time within 5 years of implantation.
Since DePuy does not keep records of its hip replacement recipients, it is relying upon orthopedists worldwide to contact their patients to inform them of the circumstances surrounding the hip recall. This is a poor assumption on the part of DePuy, however, since not all of these physicians are likely going to stay in contact with their patients. Individuals remaining asymptomatic for the time being might not be aware that their hip replacement device has been recalled. They have no idea that the device implanted in their bodies could be a ticking time bomb.
This scenario is problematic due to the severity of symptoms that can occur because of the recalled hip implant. Not only have recipients reported instances of pain, swelling, and decreased mobility, but there is a chance of toxicity in the bloodstream, due to the flaking off of metal particles from the defective devices. Some patients may believe these symptoms are a by-product of a hip replacement procedure, choosing to ignore them altogether. If they are unaware of the reason behind their symptoms, they are not only jeopardizing their health and well-being, they are in danger of being barred from suing for damages by statutes of limitations. Hip replacement recipients should contact their orthopedists to determine whether they were implanted with one of the recalled DePuy devices, and if they are currently symptomatic, they should address these issues with their physicians.
The Rottenstein Law Group has been working with patients who have been affected by the DePuy hip recall. Their hip replacement lawyers are evaluating cases and advocating on behalf of those who have been injured by these devices. It is imperative to stay informed about the ongoing litigation, and to determine whether patients are eligible to participate. Individuals are advised to consult the Web site set up by the Rottenstein Law Group to stay informed of the latest developments.
About the Rottenstein Law Group
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action law suits. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call (888) 9-ROT-LAW.


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