Rottenstein Law Group Enlisting the Power of Search Engines and Social Media to Spread the Word About Hip Replacement Recalls
(New York, NY, May 16, 2011) The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the failures of defective hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, believes the most effective way to raise awareness about that company’s faulty products and the impact they’ve had on unsuspecting recipients is to use the Internet to keep the public informed.
Since DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing systems were recalled at the request of by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2010, and more recent revelations have brought to light issues with DePuy’s older Pinnacle systems, there has been an enormous outcry over the catastrophic failures of these devices. Statistics have shown that 12 percent of recipients of the ASR devices experienced symptoms indicating failure of the device within 5 years of implantation. Those symptoms include pain and swelling, associated with the rapid deterioration of the metal-on-metal device, to the point where it begins to release metal flakes into the bloodstream. This condition, metallosis, can lead to serious health problems for patients, including increased levels of metal in the bloodstream, pseudotumors, and heart problems. Many patients have had to undergo painful revision surgeries that can take an extended period of time to recover from.
The DePuy ASR hip replacement recall has affected about 93,000 people worldwide. Many lawsuits have been filed, but there is no way to know if everyone who has undergone a hip replacement procedure is aware of what has been happening since last August. Technology is a powerful tool, however, and the Rottenstein Law Group has taken the initiative by using the Internet to disseminate the latest details of this case. Recent developments have included new lawsuits filed by recipients of the Pinnacle systems (which have yet to be recalled), debate over consolidation of cases via Multidistrict Litigation, and questions regarding Johnson & Johnson’s attempts to acquire other replacement joint manufacturers.
Above all, the Rottenstein Law Group endeavours to protect and provide legal assistance to patients who have been wronged by DePuy and who are in danger of not receiving adequate compensation for pain, suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Friends, family members, and hip replacement recipients themselves are strongly advised to take to the Internet and utilize the power of search engines such as Google to obtain the latest information about the DePuy hip replacement recall. The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a Web site that provides regular updates on the DePuy ASR hip replacement system lawsuits and which allows users to have their claims evaluated by hip replacement lawyers. Another Web site deals specifically with patients who were implanted with a Pinnacle device and are seeking information. Both can be found quite easily by typing the phrase “hip replacement recall” into a search engine text box. Plus, there are easy-to-use social media features on these sites that give users the option to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, and other outlets. To date, these Web sites have been averaging over 10,000 hits per month, providing users with the information they need about this important topic.
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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