As a Dallas DePuy Recall attorney I am concern about the risks of Cobalt and Chromium poisoning, resulting from the metal on metal grinding of the DePuy ASR Prosthetic Hips.
In August of this year, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., recalled the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system, admitting that about one out of every eight patients who receives the hip implant may experience early hip failure within five years. The actual ratio of defective hips may be as high as one out of five or 20%, or even higher.
Structeral design and manufacturing problems with the DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement system allow the toxic release of chromium and cobalt to be absorbed into the blood-stream.
Tests have demonstrated that levels of chromium and cobalt can be 100 times higher than normal, and the patients have had soft tissue and muscle inflammation and benign tumors develop, called pseudo-tumors.
Chromium and Cobalt toxicity has been linked to cancer, and other severe medical conditions associated with heavy metal toxicity.
Many individual and 2 class action law suits have been filed, the most recent in Northern District of Ohio Federal Court, on September 30.
In September, a motion was filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate and centralize the DePuy ASR recall litigation. The panel will hear arguments on the motion in early November.
If an MDL is formed, all federal cases filed in different districts throughout the United States will be transferred to one judge for coordinated handling during pretrial litigation.
Tags: Class Action, DePuy, DePuy ASR, Depuy ASR Hip, Hip Implant, Johnson & Johnson, Metal-on-Metal Hip, Product Liability, Texas DePuy Recall.