A Pennsylvania DePuy hip attorney notes a lawsuit alleging a woman suffered serious health complications including blood contamination, after receiving a DePuy hip implant device. Patients who have suffered severe complications from metal hip replacements may be eligible to seek compensation with the assistance of DePuy ASR hip recall attorneys.
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Woman Claims Device Maker Was Aware Of Hip Implant Defects
The lawsuit, filed in February 2016, alleges the plaintiff suffered various complications including metal erosion of the device and blood contamination, as a result of receiving a defectively designed DePuy ASR XL hip implant. The woman received the DePuy hip implant unit in 2008 and is suing DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and Premier Orthopaedic Sales Inc., claiming that she developed elevated levels of metal in her blood as a result of the device’s alleged design flaws.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of this hip implant unit in 2010, two years after the woman’s hip replacement procedure, citing a risk of shedding metallic debris in patients’ bodies, according to The Cook County Record. The woman claims that DePuy had even earlier knowledge of the device’s defects and was negligent in continuing to sell it. The lawsuit alleges that the DePuy ASR device possessed design flaws that rendered it inherently unsafe. Besides suffering blood contamination, the woman ultimately required revision surgery to remove the defective implant and prevent further contamination. She is now seeking over $50,000 in damages through a product liability lawsuit, the website reports.
How a Pennsylvania DePuy Hip Attorney Can Help
Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by metal-on-metal hip replacements may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications related to a defective metal-on-metal hip replacement, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Patients who have suffered severe complications from DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacements, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the devices, are encouraged to seek the advice of a Pennsylvania DePuy hip attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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