Federal Trials Over DePuy’s Hip Replacement Device to Begin

October 5, 2013

Personal Injury

depuy hip replacementClaims that the DePuy’s hip replacement device has failed as much as 49 percent has been heavily reported. In addition to the alleged failure rate, the device is believed to cause metal poisoning when chromium and cobalt ions enter the bloodstream. An Ohio federal judge is hearing the first case as a bellwether trial.

Prosthesis

When a joint, such as the hip, is damaged many people choose to replace the damaged joint. A prosthesis replaces the ball joint and the damaged socket is resurfaced.

Bellwether Trial

When a large group of plaintiffs have filed suit based on the same claim, the court may opt for a bellwether trial. A small group of plaintiffs is selected to represent the larger group. This smaller group is selected because it is typical of the majority of the other lawsuits. The court uses this bellwether trial to demonstrate trends for the other cases. The hearing, which began on September 9, 2013 before a federal judge in Ohio, is a bellwether trial.

Heavy Metals

The Federal Drug Administration recalled the DePuy implant in 2010. This action was taken because of concerns that the DePuy implant had caused metal poisoning in a number of patients. Metal poisoning is a serious health issue and symptoms include the following:

  • Skin discoloration

  • Kidney dysfunction

  • Sore throat

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Weakness

  • Cough

Hip replacement failure

Some of the other symptoms of a failed hip replacement may include:

  • Pain in the general area of the surgery to include thigh, groin or hip

  • Pain upon motion and/or reduced range of motion

  • Swelling

  • Loose feeling in the replaced joint

  • Inflammation in the hip area

Call Now for a No-Risk Consultation

Should a Florida resident believe that they have been harmed by a defective medical device, they may wish to contact an injury lawyer. Call the law offices of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk at (941)-677-2853 today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Because of the fact that cases involving defective medical device injuries may be highly complex and exceedingly specific, our law firm commonly works with other law firms who have considerable experience in each particular case type. Thus, we may be referring these types of cases to a separate firm, with whom we typically associate and work with on a co-counsel basis.