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Cincinnati Lawyer Help For Depuy Hip Implant Recall

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

All over the country including Cincinnat lawyers are educating Depuy Hip implant victims about the Recall and what they should so. All over the country lawsuits are being filed agaisnt Depuy owned by Johnson and Johnson. Johnson and Johnson wants you to come to them. My suggestion is do not sleep with the enemy. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible.

 You can find my Depuy hip implant articles summarized at personalinjury.com Or you can read back through the last three articles I have written here  for the full treatment. These articles are not a substitute for consulting with an attorney knowledgeable about the depuy hip implant recall and your rights for just compensation. Some of the after effects have been horrendous.

Even if you are not experiencing significant symptoms that does not mean they will not occur. So protect yourself. It will not cost anything to sit down with me or other experienced lawyers to find out the steps to take to protect yourself.

 There are articles of interst from many different states at www.personalinjury.com

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Depuy Hip implant lawsuit How Do I Know if I Have a Case

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

 If you have had a hip implant since 1993 you will want to know if you have a case or claim against Depuy – Johnson and Johnson for a defective hip implant.

Here is a list of 5 things to consider to determine if you have a case against depuy for a defective hip implant device.

 One of the responsibilities of an Depuy  ASR hip implant lawyer is to ensure everyone, clients and non-clients, are informed before they file a DePuy hip implant lawsuit.  Here is a list of 5 questions   that you need to consider before you decide what to do next.

1. How will I know if my DePuy hip implant is included in the recall?
If you do not recall the name of the device, you need to contact your physician or the local hospital where you had the procedure performed.  They will have records that can identify the device that was implanted the day of your surgery.  DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System or the ASR XL Acetabular System is the terms you are looking for.
 2. If you know you received one of the defective ARS DePuy hip implants, but you aren’t having side effects, what should I do.

It’s possible that your implant may not be giving you problems at the moment.  However, due to the Depuy’s  “metal on metal”construction of the implant, the device has been shown to have shards of metallic debris over an extended period of time go into your blood stream. Some patients have a higher than normal level of cobalt and chromium ions in their blood. Never assume that your implant is never going to present problems to you at a later date.  It’s ALWAYS a good idea to have any potential claim investigated and all side-effects investigated by your doctor, no matter how small they may seem.

3. What are some of the  the symptoms I should be looking for to know if my DePuy ARS implant is failing?You can not make a list of  all inconclusive symptoms; however, here are some of the more immediate issues possibly related to the defective ARS hip replacement devices. They include pain in the are where the implant was inserted, swelling, infection, loss of mobility, a popping noise, loosening of the implant cup, dislocations, bone fractures, etc.    

4. NEVER contact Depuy Orthopedics before contacting a qualified lawyer that is handling the DePuy lawsuit.The reason for this is that although Depuy says things on its web site about paying some expenses, DePuy has known about this problem for quite some time but failed to warn patients or issue a timely recall.  What would give you reason to believe they are willing to do the right thing now?  However, if you have already contacted them, I would suggest you  immediately stop all conversations and contact a lawyer handling DePuy lawsuits. 

5. How is a lawyer that is handling the DePuy defective hip lawsuits going to help me? There are a number  very important things that a qualified products liability lawyer can do for you: 

a.) If  a Cincinnati lawyer determines that you have a potential claim, they can make sure that your claim is protected. There is a time limit in which you have to file a potential claim, and if you miss that deadline, you are forever barred from making a recovery, no matter the severity of your damages.

b.) If a lawyer determines that you have a potential hip injury claim, they can advise you how to proceed and work with you and your doctor to make sure you get the medical care you need and fight to get you the compensation you deserve so that you receive the highest compensation possible for your damages as well as pain and suffering.

c) The lawyer you consult should know the top lawyers in this area and potentially work with the top lawyers handling these Depuy hip implant cases.

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Depuy Hip Implant Help Dangerous Loophole

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

If you have a Depuy implant you need help. See your doctor then get with a lawyer. You could be in for years of misery and you may have to get this removed.

In fact I anticipate when the whole truth comes out anyone that has a Depuy hip implant will have to have it removed. And your life will never be the same. So how could this happen .

let the governement take the lawyers and product liability law out of the equation and this will be the tip of the iceberg. Big business in bed with big government. You won’t be able to sleep at night.

The new yourk times did a great article on how this happened. Here it is in a nutshell. NO TESTING WAS REQUIRED.

The brief and troubled life of DePuy’s A.S.R. hip points to a medical implant system that is piecemeal and broken on many fronts, critics say. Unlike new drugs, many of which go through a series of clinical trials before receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration, critical implants can be sold without such testing if a device, like an artificial hip, resembles an implant already approved and used on patients.

That way, manufacturers can rapidly make small changes to a device to improve it. But those simpler procedures have also effectively created a loophole, experts say, that lets producers bundle a component from an unapproved implant into an existing design and sell a device with minimal testing. With the A.S.R., that process unfolded with devastating results.

“You are basically testing these devices in an uncontrolled way on a large number of people,” said Dr. Wolfe the director of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and a longtime F.D.A. critic.

As patients began complaining, doctors and regulators here remained largely unaware that the problem was widespread because no independent monitoring system exists in this country that tracks implant failures. Such a database, used in other countries, might have clued in American orthopedists to the problem. In addition, doctors who tried to sound an alert said they had been rebuffed by DePuy.

There is no easy fix and patients face permanent damage. 

For patients, the problems with the A.S.R. required additional painful operations in which the device was replaced with yet another artificial hip. For some, however, the damage to bone, muscles and nerves from the troubled device, which can shed tiny metallic particles, has left them permanently disabled. That damage can also complicate a replacement operation.

The impact on individual patients also continues to be profound.  One example is a woman who now uses two canes to walk because of the hip tissue damage she suffered from an A.S.R.

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