Johnson & Johnson has seen it's fair share of major legal verdicts this past year for a range of defective medical devices and products (read about the $417 Million Talcum Powder verdict here) and another once just got upheld by an appeals court in Dallas this time for defective hip implants. DePuy hips are produced by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary (DePuy) and were heavily advertised metal on metal hip replacements that were supposed to last longer than other hips and have an increased range of motion.
Reuters reports on the verdict, "Plaintiffs complained that the companies falsely promoted the device most commonly used to treat joint failure caused by osteoarthritis by saying that it lasted longer than similar implants that used ceramic or plastic materials." Patients in the Dallas case claimed to have suffered everything from tissue death and bone erosion. In addition to this $247 Million verdict, there was recently a California-based verdict that awarded six DePuy patients $543 Million and many more pending. Reuters reports that there are currently over 9,700 pending lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy over their Pinnacle hip.
So what's so bad about Deuy hips? For starters, the material. The longevity and motion-based claims made by DePuy didn't really turn out to be the case. Instead, the metal on metal design of the hips began to rub off and enter other areas of the patients body and cause some very serious medical problems including: swelling and inflammation, chronic pain, cardiomyopathy, rashes and dislocation. DePuy hip patients have had to deal with the pain and expense of not only theses injuries but also getting the hip removed and replaced.
If you have been injured by a DePuy hip? Now is the time to act. Lawsuits are being filed and major verdicts are being handed down. In addition to the expenses you have incurred as a result of this defective hip, you can also recover for lost wages, diminished quality of life and more.
Do not miss this important opportunity-- get in touch with Walch law today.