Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2011 – When medical devices are defective and fail, the patient suffers. In this instance, defective hip implants seriously affect seniors.
With all the medical products on the market, including various appliances such as a hip implants, there are bound to be problems over time with the manufacturing process. Sometimes, companies rush to get a new product on the market before sufficient testing has been done to determine if the product will perform as intended.
“This can happen when a company puts profits over safety. The Johnson & Johnson DePuy Orthopaedics division recall of two of their hip replacement systems appears to be a prime example,” said Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer of The Lee Law Firm in Austin, Texas. “Our firm is currently taking cases related to this recall, and we’d be pleased to discuss your circumstances with you, should you be considering filing a lawsuit – either a medical malpractice or defective product suit.”
The two products recalled were the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. “The recall was initiated as the result of a study that revealed a five year failure rate for these products in one out of every eight cases. In other words, they had a failure rate of 13 percent,” Lee said. “What are the symptoms? These tend to vary, but most often are severe pain to the implant actually loosening and some will even become dislocated, meaning a second surgery to replace the defective DePuy implant.”
Even if patients with this hip implant are not having symptoms yet, there is a good chance that they will. “You may experience difficulty walking, loss of bone cells, hip joint damage and difficulty walking. This usually means you will need another surgery,” Lee said.
For people who have had hip replacement surgery during or after 2005 and the operation involved a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or ASR Hip Resurfacing System or there is not a clear understanding of what was used for the procedure, make a call to a qualified and skilled Austin personal injury attorney.
“You may very well be entitled to compensation. Give me a call and let’s discuss your case. I am here to help you and if you choose to hire me to represent you in your hip replacement lawsuit, I will do so aggressively and with only your best interests in mind,” Lee said.
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Austin, Texas 78759