If you had revision surgery before August 31, 2013, in order to remove your ASR hip implant, you may be entitled to a portion of a multibillion-dollar settlement to compensate you for revision surgery and/or health problems caused by the defective medical device. Click here (PDF) to see an overview of the benefits to which you may be entitled.
We currently represent clients with injuries from the ASR hip implant, in California and nationwide, and are available to discuss your options regarding this recent settlement. Call 800-401-4530 to speak to a Girardi | Keese lawyer.
About the November 2013 Settlement
The settlement was finalized on November 19, 2013. This press release (PDF) describes the work that went into settling the case, in which many thousands of patients were injured by the ASR hip implant, which turned out to have been defective. As a result, these patients required premature revision surgery to remove the implant.
How Did this Settlement Happen?
This transcript (PDF) describes the efforts and the reasoning behind how the settlement came to be, as well as how the settlement may benefit injured patients in terms of financial compensation.
Some patients did not experience further health problems or complications during or after revision surgery; others weren't so lucky. While patients generally remain free to pursue their claims individually in court, those who did not experience major health complications after revision surgery may find the settlement payout to provide reasonable compensation.
For those patients who did experience complications, such as heart attack or stroke during surgery, or who continue to have ongoing pain and injury caused by the ASR hip implant, a portion of the settlement has been set aside to provide a greater amount of compensation for those injured patients.
Terms & Conditions for Eligibility
This agreement (PDF) shows the terms and conditions under which the company that manufactured the defective ASR hip implant has agreed to compensate injured patients. The agreement includes eligibility requirements and a description of how to enroll in the program.
About the ASR Hip Implant
The ASR hip implant, made by DePuy Orthopaedics (under parent company Johnson & Johnson) features a metal-on-metal design. As a result, during normal course of use (i.e. walking) the metal components rub against each other and produce toxic debris. This debris damages the surrounding bone and tissue, potentially causing a range of injuries from pain and stiffness to permanent disability.