North Carolina DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits

DePuy Orthopaedics is the manufacturer of artificial hips which have been recalled due to design flaws causing serious complications and failures. If you are a recipient of one of these defective implants and are experiencing symptoms of failure, you have legal options.

Contact a North Carolina DePuy hip implant attorney about the possibility of taking part in the ongoing litigation against DePuy. It is important to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations is the maximum amount of time you are allowed to wait until it is too late to file a lawsuit. In North Carolina the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is 2 years, personal injury is 3 years, and products liability is 6 years.

DePuy Implant Failures

The defective hip implants that have been recalled are the ASR™ XL Acetabular System and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. The Acetabular System is a total hip replacement, while the Resurfacing System is intended to keep as much of the original joint intact as possible. According to the recall, the implants have a 12-13 percent chance of failing within the first 5 years, while a properly functioning hip implant should last at least 15 years.

Most of the ASR™ XL Acetabular System problems involve the loosening of the cup which forms the socket portion of the ball and socket joint. Symptoms of a loose implant include:

  • Pain and swelling in the vicinity of the hip, groin, or lower back
  • Problems with walking and trying to stand from a seated position

The recalled implants also cause problems for the recipients because the metal on metal joint of the implant can generate metal shavings. These shavings can cause inflammation, soft tissue damage, and when they enter the bloodstream they also put the body at risk of metal poisoning. Metal poisoning can cause organ failure and damage the central nervous system.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently requested that all makers of metal-pn-metal hip implants conduct studies to test the safety of the metal-on-metal designs. The agency is looking to determine how dangerous the metallic debris is to patients. All makers of these hip implants are involved, not only DePuy.

Contact a North Carolina Hip Implant Lawyer

In a free consultation with a North Carolina hip implant lawyer you can have your case evaluated and get the latest information on the recall and pending lawsuits against DePuy. For information about your specific case, please contact a qualified attorney today.

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