Plaintiff Attorneys representing injured victims of the recalled Johnson & Johnson DePuy ASR hip implant are seeking to bring the lawsuits in to a consolidated multidistrict litigation. A motion filed on behalf of a woman who originally filed a Johnson & Johnson DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit in California has made the consolidation request to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
Johnson & Johnson recently recalled their DePuy ASR Hip Implant system after medical data collected from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed 12%-13% or approximately 1 out of 8 of those individuals who had received the recalled ACR devices were required to have a revision surgery within five years of receiving those implants. The ASR XL Acetabular System, which is a hip socket, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur are part of the recalled hip devices. The ASR XL Acetabular System is the only recalled hip implant that was approved in United States.
The symptoms of a potentially failing ASR hip implant may include an increase in pain or difficulty walking.
Patients who received one of the ACR hip implants are advised to call their surgeon and schedule a follow-up appointment, even if they are not experiencing symptoms or pain. The manufacturer may not maintain a list 0f the hip replacement implant patients, so patients who had the hip surgery after July 2003 are being advise to contact their surgeon or hospital to find out if there hip implant is part of this recall.
A multidistrict litigation (MDL) would allow all of the claimants that have or will file lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson DePuy in regards to the ASR recall lawsuit to be litigated under one federal judge for pretrial litigation. This is to prevent or avoid any duplicative discovery from being entered in as evidence, and to prevent inconsistent rulings from other federal judges. This MDL filing, if granted, will conserve some of the resources of each party such as expert witnesses, court costs, and court time.
If you have any questions about this hip implant recall or would like to see if you have a claim with this ACR Hip Implant Recall lawsuit, call the Tennessee attorneys of The Nahon Firm, PLC at (615) 324-2000 for a free consultation.