HOUSTON, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Charlotte Mustard and her husband, Jeremy, filed suit today against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., DePuy Inc., DePuy International, Ltd., Johnson & Johnson, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson International, Inc., seeking compensation for injuries caused by the failure of Mrs. Mustard's DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. John David Hart of the Law Offices of John David Hart in Fort Worth, Texas, is the attorney representing Charlotte and Jeremy Mustard in the lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio – Western District.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson, Inc., recalled its ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Systems on August 24, 2010. The DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the DePuy ASR Acetabular System were included in the recall. DePuy identified reasons for the failure of the devices as component loosening, malalignment, infection, fracture of the bone, dislocation, metal sensitivity and pain. The DePuy ASR devices have also been associated with increased metal ion levels in the blood. Recent information published by the British Orthopaedic Association indicates that failure rates for the ASR devices may be as high as 49% at six years.
In January 2008, at the age of 39, Mrs. Mustard underwent hip replacement surgery to have a DePuy ASR Resurfacing System implanted in her left hip. At the time of her surgery, Mrs. Mustard resided in the United Kingdom. The DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System was approved for sale in the United Kingdom but was not approved by the FDA for sale in the United States. A similar DePuy implant, the ASR Acetabular System was widely used in the United States.
Mrs. Mustard required surgery at a young age because she suffered from osteoarthritis from years of competitive swimming. Mrs. Mustard swam for the Great Britain Swi