"Hip surgery is not perfect. No material to this very day has been proven to be perfect."
These were the uncomforting words spoken by the attorney representing DePuy Orthopedics Inc., in the first of many lawsuits against the company over its all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint. The California case alleges that Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary acted fraudulently and negligently in its development of the hip implants, which were taken off the market in 2010.
According to documents from the case, Johnson & Johnson may have even been aware there were problems with the DePuy hip implants in 2008, almost two full years before the issue was made public.
The hip implant issues have affected many patients and continue to cause problems. In fact, more than one-third of all DePuy all-metal ball-and-socket hip implants were expected to fail within five years, and 6 percent of hip implant patients would need surgery to fix them within that same amount of time.
The plaintiff in this Depuy hip implant case is one of many people who believe their hip implants caused injury to them. Complications include infection, hip dislocation, misalignment, metal sensitivity and even bone fractures.
If you were injured by a DePuy hip implant, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical injuries, pain and suffering and other damages. You may also be able to hold DePuy financially responsible for its indifference through punitive damages.
According to reports, Johnson & Johnson has already designated $1 billion to this particular recall and the all-metal ball-and-socket hip implant lawsuits.
Source: Eyewitness news 4, "Trial under way in LA hip joint replacement suit," Linda Deutsch, Jan 27, 2013