Thirteen in Illinois and Indiana Sue DePuy for Hip Implant Failure

Thirteen persons from Illinois and Indiana have filed a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics for needing additional surgery after their hip implants failed.

The suit, filed in September 2010, in Champaign County Court in Illinois, claims that DePuy did not adequately test the hip implant system and that the company neglected to issue a recall when it became evident that the implants were failing at an unusually high and early rate.

Hip implants normally last from 10 to 15 years. DePuy’s implants, reportedly, have been failing in one out of every eight patients in less than five years. The company recalled two implant systems in August 2010 — the DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System..

The two artificial hip systems have been implanted in 93,000 persons around the world, according to a DePuy spokesperson. The company issued a recall of the hips, advising patients to see their doctors to find out if their implants were defective. The recall does not mean all implanted hips are defective.

As news of the failure has spread, the number of law suits has climbed dramatically as more patients discover they need further surgery.

Patients who have received a fault hip system will require painful, expensive, and not always successful surgery to repair or replace the defective prostheses. The recovery process from hip surgery is slow, painful and demanding. Patients are required to relearn how to walk, stand, sit, and participate in all the normal activities of daily living.

Symptoms of problems with the implants include pain, the sensation that the hip is out of joint, clicking or popping sounds when walking, difficulty rising from a seated position and swelling

A motion was filed Sept. 3, 2010, in federal court with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to centralize and consolidate the lawsuits before a single judge for pre-trial proceedings.

For more information or to speak with an attorney about a potential claim against DePuy, contact a DePuy hip implant lawyer today.

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