A jury awarded $8.3 million in compensatory damages to a retired prison guard after determining that the design of the DePuy ASR XL hip implant caused the guard’s injuries, according to Bloomberg.com. The jury award included $338,136 to cover accrued medical expenses and $8 million for the victim’s physical pain and emotional suffering.
The prison guard, after receiving the DePuy hip implant, suffered dislocations, pain and follow-up surgeries known as revisions.
The attorney for the prison guard stated, “Somebody needs to tell [Johnson & Johnson]…‘build these things right. Don’t let this happen again.’”
The verdict is likely to set a “starting price” for other plaintiffs in settlement discussions, said Erik Gordon, a University of Michigan business professor, according to the Bloomberg article.
The Virginia Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
It’s good to see an injured victim get restitution from an at-fault party. Various reports have surfaced indicating that Johnson & Johnson neglected the failure rate of the DePuy hip implant device rushing it to the open market and putting thousands of people at risk of suffering serious injuries.
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