DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, recalled two of its most popular hip replacement systems -- the ASR XL Acetabular and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System -- in August 2010 after evidence showing that roughly 1 in 8 patients needed new hip implants within 5 years. The metal-on-metal DePuy device wore down and failed rapidly, causing recipients serious pain, limited mobility, injuries and possible organ damage from high levels of toxic metals in the blood stream.
Taking out damaged and defective DePuy hip implants requires major surgery. This video describes the DePuy hip replacement recall.
The DePuy Pinnacle system has not been recalled, but keep in mind that it uses the same metal-on-metal design as the ASR. In fact, many DePuy Pinnacle users have suffered the same symptoms and side effects as ASR users, including the hip implant coming loose and unsafe chromium and cobalt levels in the blood.
For more info on the DePuy hip replacement recall and your legal rights, check out these articles:
What does this all mean? It means that if you or a loved one want to file a claim against DePuy, you should speak with a medical malpractice lawyer in Virginia sooner rather than later. Why? Because the clock is ticking on your potential claim: The statute of limitations in Virginia is only 2 years.
What Is a Statute of Limitations, and Why Does it Matter to Me?
A statute of limitations is essentially a time limit on when an individual can bring a claim against a company or other individual for a particular incident or occurrence that caused injury. All lawsuits in the United States have this type of expiration period. After the statute of limitations has passed, you are barred from brining a claim forever, no matter the severity of your injury.
This is why it is so important that you speak with a DePuy injury lawyer in Virginia right away. It’s so frustrating when I meet with a prospective client who clearly suffered serious harm, but they can’t seek recovery against the at-fault party because they waited too long to take legal action. Do not let this happen to you or your loved one.