In what may be a landmark settlement, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay up to $2.5 billion in damages in order to resolve over 8,000 lawsuits filed over its recalled DePuy hip implant devices. This would make it the largest medical device settlement in history. In 2010, the company recalled over 93,000 hip replacement devices when it was determined that they were defective.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a defective hip replacement device, you could be eligible to benefit from this settlement. If so, it is important that you immediately contact a defective medical device attorney to discuss your particular case. The settlement agreement, which is expected to see an average payment of $250,000 to victims, does not bar patients from seeking further compensation.
However, the settlement requires that 94% of all eligible claimants to sign up for the settlement, otherwise Johnson & Johnson can withdraw from the deal.
The company’s ASR hip implants were launched as an innovative metal-on-metal implant alternative that could last over 20 years and provide unparalleled range of motion. However, the product failed to live up to its hype because of its high failure rate.
As a result of this defect, patients suffered from hip dislocations causing extensive pain and requiring follow up surgeries (known in the medical community as ‘revisions’). More so, the defect was known for causing debris that led to both tissue death and increased metal ions in the bloodstream.
If you suffered from an injury as a result of a defective DePuy ASR hip implant, you may have the right to compensation. To ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, seek the advice of an experienced defective medical device attorney. Contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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