Virginia DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits

The medical device manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics recalled two of its hip implant systems in August 2010 due to high failure rates. Before the hip implants were recalled, more than 93,000 people were implanted with one of the devices.

If you received a recalled hip and end up having problems, you should speak with an attorney about your right to seek compensation. Contact a Virginia hip implant attorney before the statute of limitations on your potential case expires.

Virginia Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations outlines the maximum amount of time you can wait before filing a lawsuit following an injury. The limits vary from state to state. In Virginia the statute of limitations on wrongful death cases, products liability cases and personal injury cases are all 2 years.

All of these time limits are based on the discovery rule. The discovery rule means that the clock starts ticking from when the injury is discovered, or at least would have been discovered by a reasonable person. The alternative to this, which is used in some states and other types of cases, is the occurrence rule. This starts the clock when the injury actually happens, not when it is discovered.

DePuy Hip Implant Failures

The two hip implant systems that were named in the DePuy recall are:

  • ASR™ XL Acetabular System
  • ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System

The acetabular system was used for total hip replacements, while the resurfacing system was used to try to retain as much of the original joint as possible. The resurfacing system was not approved for use in the U.S. According to the recall, approximately 12 to 13 percent of the systems would fail in as few as five years.

But, according to The British Orthopedic Association and the British Hip Society, the failure rate of the ASR™ XL Acetabular System is much higher than what DePuy claims. The British orthopedists' group said that its data indicates that 21 percent of the implants will fail after 4 years and 49 percent after 6 years.

When an implant fails, the patient will need to undergo a second surgery known as a revision surgery. Revision surgeries are often more difficult for the surgeon and more painful for the patient. This is due to the original failed implant causing damage to surrounding tissues and structures.

Contact a Virginia Hip Implant Lawyer

Compensation is available for patients who have required revision surgery due to these failed implants. In a free consultation with a lawyer, you can have your claim evaluated and make sure that you are still eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact a Virginia hip implant lawyer today and schedule a free review of your case.

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