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UK Hip Replacement Recall

In the UK, the hip replacement recall made by DePuy in August 2010 led to a higher public awareness of the failings of many medical devices. The effects of the faulty hip replacement systems may not yet be fully understood, with research into possible system toxicity still ongoing. This has led to concerns from people affected by the hip replacement recall in the UK about the consequences of the faulty medical devices and – with federal and class action lawsuits about to be heard in the USA – if you would like to find out more about claiming compensation for the hip replacement recall in the UK, you are invited to call our freephone helpline and speak directly with a hip replacement recall solicitor to discuss your entitlement to compensation.

DePuy Hip Replacement Recall News

November 5, 2011

The latest news on the DePuy hip replacement recall made in August 2010 concerns events currently taking place in the United States.

In September, Judge David A. Katz, the judge assigned to hear the litigation case in Toledo, Ohio, issued Case Management Orders for all claimants in the class action law suits filed to date in the States, to provide Fact Sheets and Medical Records Authorisation Forms if they have already undergone revision surgery.

The Fact Sheets and Medical Records Authorisation Forms contain basic data concerning the injuries sustained by the claimants and will substitute for individual disclosure to the defendants in the case – DePuy Orthopaedics Inc and their insurers Broadspire Services Inc. DePuy Orthopaedics have 120 days from the receipt of these documents to present the court with detailed data about each replacement hip system which was initially implanted, and facts relating to any communication between the company, their agents and the claimant.

Inasmuch as these submissions provide basic information about each claimant, solicitors representing those making a DePuy hip replacement compensation claim will still need to compile a case for each, as damages will be awarded on an individual basis (should DePuy Orthopaedics be found liable for personal injury compensation) depending on their unique circumstances. Anyone still to undergo revision surgery will still be able to claim for advanced pain and suffering, but awards of personal injury compensation will be distributed on the merit of each separate case.

Further to Judge Katz´s Case management Order, the latest update on the hip replacement recall law suits is that a conference between representatives of the legal firms which have filed class action lawsuits to date has been scheduled in Toledo for Tuesday November 22nd.

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Blood Poisoning Injury Claim Made Against DePuy

June 5, 2011

A compensation action claim for blood poisoning injury has been made against DePuy  by a woman who received her DePuy ASR hip replacement system as recently as November 2009.

The blood poisoning compensation claim, made by Delores Hatcher from Wheeling, West Virginia, follows the results of a blood test in April 2011 which indicated high levels of chromium-1 and meta-cobalt in her blood – known causes of cardiovascular injury and neurological conditions such as headaches, confusion and cognitive decline, and possibly carcinogens which could lead to the development of cancer.

Delores added her blood poisoning compensation claim to the growing number of compensation claims following the DePuy hip recall of August 2010 after visiting her doctor complaining of pain around her left hip and difficulty in walking. Both Delores and her doctor were overcome by the outcome of the blood tests as the hip replacement was fitted in November 2009 and had failed in a short period of time.

In her blood poisoning compensation claim, Delores also accuses Johnson & Johnson – the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics – of hiding known defects with the faulty hip replacement systems and alleges that they aggressively marketed the faulty hip replacement systems by paying kickbacks to medical supplies purchasers and orthopaedic surgeons.

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