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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 8:32am
Bio-Medicine.Org

DENVER and CINCINNATI, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of the nations' leading plaintiff litigation law firms, has filed a class action lawsuit in Ohio against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. on behalf of all United States citizens who received an implant of the ASR XL Acetabular System hip replacement.

On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), announced a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular System hip replacement, after a report published in Britain revealed an unacceptable failure rate of the device, resulting in revision surgery for 13 percent of patients within five years.

Individuals represented by Burg Simpson are seeking answers to a number of questions including, whether DePuy should have known of the defects in the device prior to its sale and implant in patients, and whether DePuy failed to provide timely and adequate post-market warnings of the health risks associated with the its ASR™ XL Acetabular System.

"Hip replacement surgery is among the most painful and disruptive surgeries an individual may have to endure. Once is certainly enough, but to undergo the procedure twice, and as a result of a defective implant is almost unimaginable," said Seth A. Katz, Burg Simpson shareholder, and one of several attorneys working on this case.  

Mr. Katz continues, "When medical devices such as DePuy's ASR XL Acetabular System fail, the impact on a patient's life can be devastating. Given the large number of devices recalled, it is conceivable that thousands of individuals across the United States may unknowingly need revision surgery, even if they are currently not experiencing any pain or discomfort." Although the company announced it will reimburse "reasonable medical expenses" to patients who sign releases providing DePuy complete acces

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