Hip replacement surgeries have become so common that we have begun to look upon them as a routine part of the aging process. The federal government estimates that 440,000 first-time hip replacements were performed in the U.S. in 2012.
Hip replacement devices and their manufacturers which have been the subject of lawsuits and prospective legal action in state and federal courts across the country include:
- DePuy Orthopaedics’s ASR XL Acetabular Hip System; ASR Hip Resurfacing System; Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System
- Stryker’s Rejuvenate; ABG II hip replacement devices
- Wright Medical Technology’s Conserve Plus, Profemur Z
- Zimmer’s Metasul Durom Cup
- Biomet’s M2A Magnum
- Smith & Nephew’s R3 Acetabular System
Injury Lawsuits Against Numerous Hip Replacement Manufacturers
Due to the harmful health effects being experienced by hip replacement recipients, thousands of lawsuits have been filed in recent years. Two manufacturers, DePuy Orthopaedics and Stryker, are defendants in many of those suits.
DePuy Orthopaedics, based in Warsaw, IN, and owned by Johnson & Johnson, manufactured the ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The ASR XL came on the market in 2005. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System was never offered on the U.S. market. The company voluntarily recalled both products in August 2010.
More than 11,000 lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. claiming damages caused by DePuy’s ASR products. The first suit was filed in 2010. All federal lawsuits against DePuy for its ASR products have been consolidated to the Northern District of Ohio under Judge David A. Katz. The first federal case is set to be heard in January 2014.
The first state DePuy lawsuit to go to trial, on behalf of plaintiff Loren Kransky, resulted in an $8.3 million award California Superior Court in March 2013. The second DePuy lawsuit to go to trial, on behalf of plaintiff Carol Strum in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, ended with a verdict favoring DePuy.
Another DePuy product, the Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System hip replacement device, was introduced in 2000. The product has not been recalled and is still touted on DePuy’s website. However, more than 5,000 people have filed lawsuits claiming many of the same harms as those experienced by people with the ASR products.
Stryker, based in Kalamazoo, MI, manufactured the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices. Both products were introduced in 2009 and both were voluntarily recalled in July 2012.
The Stryker products attempted to improve on previous designs by replacing the standard one-piece stem and neck with a two-piece neck and stem that could be better positioned to fit individual patients. About 20,000 patients have received the Stryker hip replacement products.
More than 200 federal lawsuits against Stryker regarding the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota under Judge Donovan W. Frank.
Other manufacturers of hip replacement devices that have been targeted in lawsuits or prospective legal action include:
- Wright Medical Technology, for its Conserve Plus and Profemur Z products.
- Zimmer, for its Metasul Durom Cup.
- Biomet, for the M2A Magnum product.
- Smith & Nephew, for its R3 Acetabular System.
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