On Thursday, the Johnson & Johnson corporation announced that it would be recalling a pair of hip replacement implants. These defective medical products are made by J&J’s DePuy Othopaedics unit. The ASR XL Acetabular System is an artificial hip and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System uses a metal cap for the ball of the femur in partial hip replacement operations. So far, no reports have surfaced to indicate that medical malpractice was a factor in hip replacement failures related to DePuy’s recalled devices, which makes these defective medical devices by far the most likely cause. DePuy, the manufacturer, points to the fact that the majority of hip replacements using their ASR devices did not fail. The FDA, however, faced with around 400 complaints of early failure of these devices since 2008, could not ignore the evidence. Finally, FDA warning letters and criticism forced J&J to issue this recall. Hip replacement patients in Alabama or nationwide should check with their surgeon to find out if they may have received one of these defective medical devices. If after consulting with your surgeon, you discover that you did receive a recalled DePuy hip replacement device, have your surgeon evaluate the condition of your hip and schedule regular, annual monitoring to quickly find any problems with the device. If you have actually received one of these defective products, the Mobile, Alabama product liability lawyers of Long & Long can help you determine if you are able to begin a product liability lawsuit against DePuy. If you or someone you know has undergone a hip replacement involving one of these defective medical devices or you have been injured in any way by a defective product, please contact the defective product attorneys of Long & Long today for a consultation to determine if you have a case.

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