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Johnson & Johnson strikes again: Defective medical device

Posted on Nov 13, 2013

Johnson & Johnson has tentatively agreed to a $4 billion settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits filed by patients injured by a flawed all-metal replacement hip.

The Articular Surface Replacement (A.S.R.) hip, previously sold by DePuy, consists of a metal ball and a metal cup. It has been discovered to shed metallic debris as it wears, damaging tissues and causing crippling injuries in some patients. Usually, it is normal for many artificial hips to wear out after 15 years or more. But in 2008, data showed A.S.R. was failing at high rates after just a few years, requiring patients to undergo another hip replacement surgery.

According to the tentative settlement, each patient injured by the flawed hip replacement would receive about $350,000 on average in compensation. But the actual number might change depending on factors like the patient’s age and medical condition.

This is another clear example of how patients’ safety and health are constantly being put at risk, whether it’s because of a defective medical device, a hospital not following patient safety rules, or a careless doctor. It shouldn’t happen but often does.  That’s why we fight everyday for patients injured by health care providers, changing patient care for the better one case at a time.

If you know someone injured by a hospital, doctor, HMO get them a copy of 7 Symptoms Of  Medical Malpractice – our free report designed to help patients spot and avoid potentially catastrophic medical mistakes, by downloading it here or call us today at (202) 393-3320. 

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