Metal on Metal Hip Implant Recall Settlement Announced – $4 Billion

If you’ve had your implant replaced, or don’t know what type of hip implant you have, please read on

Johnson & Johnson, or J&J (NYSE: JNJ), recently agreed to compensate $4 billion for the settlement deal regarding countless claims submitted against the brand over a faulty metal hip implant, leading to the biggest payout in liability cases over a medical item in the United State Of America, news agencies stated.

Types of Hips Affected

  • DePuy ASR
  • DePuy Pinnacle
  • Wright Conserve
  • Wright ProFemur
  • Stryker Rejuvenate
  • Stryker ABG II
  • Biomet M2A Magnum

Complications Caused by Defective Hips

  • Failure of the device (breaking, needing early replacement)
  • Dislocation of the hip
  • Leaking toxic substances into the bloodstream
  • Loss of bone
  • Inflammatory reactions causing pain
  • Early replacement
  • Death of surrounding tissue
  • Pseudotumors
  • Metallosis
  • Cobalt Poisoning
  • Corrosion

J&J is implicated in carrying on sales of A.S.R., both in the U.S. and other nations in the world, in spite of discovering the defect in its own creation, according to reports provided in trial throughout the proceedings. Of both claims which came to litigation, the company succeeded in a single lawsuit and suffered defeat in the other.

According to the suits, a metal ball in J&J’s hip device develops fragments whenever it moves against a metal cup. The particles increases with wear and tear and also has triggered tissue death around the joint in many cases, and intensified the quantity of metal ions in individuals’ blood to hazardous amounts, resulting in debilitating injuries in some instances.

Based upon the offer, the New Brunswick, N.J.-based business will likely not compensate individuals that got the company’s fabricated hip put in yet have not had it taken out. Nevertheless, men and women, who in the foreseeable future will be required to take out the company’s implant, can easily pursue settlement at the time, making the deal more expensive for the organization.

Based upon the arranged resolution, every individual could possibly receive up to $350,000 on average in settlement; however, specific payment will depend upon the individual’s age and health condition.

J&J’s DePuy device recalled 93,000 implants from around the globe in 2010– 37,000 of that were in the U.S. alone– following over 12 percent of the devices malfunctioned inside of five years. Generally, synthetic hips endure for greater than 15 years in advance of the need to be switched out as a result of deterioration.

The existing arrangement follows another resolution which was publicized on Nov. 4 by the company who agreed to pay out $2.2 billion to solve criminal and civil investigations into the advertising and marketing of Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug.

If you have had a metal on metal hip implant that has been replaced please call the law offices of Franklin D. Azar & Associates today at 1-800-916-2005, or contact us via our webform found on this site. If you are unaware of the type of implant you have, please give us a call and we can help you determine the type and brand.