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J&J On Possible Amount Of Settlement

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Several patients who have gone through severe complications from the failure of hip implants that was manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics opted to file lawsuits against the said company, news reports say. The possible sum that Johnson & Johnson might pay in settlements may rise up to $4 billion as compensation for the recalled all-metal hip replacement marketed by DePuy, according to the New York Times article. The said sum of money might be the biggest settlement from a medical device company for product liability claims. This news on the possible settlement of Johnson & Johnson has given hope to plaintiffs.

The ASR Hip Replacement System from DePuy Orthopedics were thought to be better than previous designs as it is made of metal. This means that it will be more durable and may lessen the wear and tear of the prosthesis. Yet, patients have experienced several problems related to this kind of prosthesis and the manufacturer was beset by complaints. The metal particles from the prosthesis have released metal ions that may build-up in the blood and lead to metal toxicity. Chromium and cobalt ions from the implant are still being studied for the possible adverse effects.

In 2010, DePuy recalled this type of implant as it was associated with an exceptionally high failure rate. About 93,000 hip implants were recalled. These problems connected to the failed hip implants might lead to a hip revision surgery, although the secondary surgery is more complicated and might not be as successful as the primary operation. Plaintiffs from different states may be included in this massive pay-out from Johnson & Johnson. Around $300,000 or more might be expected to be received by plaintiffs, according to an article from the Bloomberg Businessweek.

Eligible claimants will need to sign the agreement in order to receive the settlement from Johnson & Johnson. On the other hand, there might be a possible second round of settlements for those who might have a revision surgery. The payment for medical costs of the hip replacement procedure was also offered after DePuy started to recall their product. In short span of time, DePuy will be able to resolve more lawsuits through this settlement. Hip revision among women who have had the recalled hip implants may be more complicated and some have opted to find other means to alleviate their pain.

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