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Many North Carolina residents who have had hip replacement surgery in which a DePuy Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) or ASR XL, or a DePuy Pinnacle Hip was implanted. Two of these products were recalled by the manufacturer, DePuy Orthopaedics, in August 2010.

Current statistics from a study in the UK indicate that about 12% of patients that received the ASR implant required replacement surgery, and about 13% of patients that received the ASR XL (total hip replacement) required replacement surgery to correct the problems associated with this medical product. If you or a loved one had either of these defective hip implants, you might have a case for a lawsuit. Contact our Raliegh DePuy hip replacement lawyers today.

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Issues

Recently, another metal hip replacement implant, the DePuy Pinnacle Hip, has come under scrutiny. These implants are metal on metal, allowing for the components to rub against each other, resulting in the possibility of metal shards entered the tissue around the hip. These symptoms could indicate that your DePuy Pinnacle Hip may not be functioning properly:

  • pain
  • swelling at the joint
  • metallosis (metal poisoning)
  • loss of mobility

What to Do After Suffering Injury

After the product recall, DePuy (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) contacted patients who had received the implant. You may have been asked to file a large amount of paperwork.

You should NOT do either of the following before contacting our firm:

  • Lose your ability to recover compensation at a fair level
  • Sign any documents issued by the company

If you have had partial or full hip replacement surgery, you need to find out what product was implanted. You can get this information from your orthopedic surgeon. If you are suffering pain or other symptoms, it is extremely important that you go to the doctor and get evaluated, as there are certain conditions that could be dangerous to your long-term health.

You May Be Entitled to Monetary Recompense

Patients who have suffered complications after a hip replacement have a right to seek compensation to address economic and non-economic damages. Some of the serious side effects of this product include:

  • Loose ASR cup
  • Severe allergic reaction to metal debris in the tissue around the hip joint
  • Pseudotumor cerebri (“false brain tumor”) condition
  • Soft tissue missing from reaction to metallic debris

In addition, serious health issues related to system poisoning from exposure to the cobalt and chromium has occurred. Some patients suffered fractures in the bone surrounding the implant or dislocation of the hip joint.

How a Raleigh DePuy Hip Replacement Can Help

At the Whitley Law Firm, our Raleigh DePuy hip replacement lawyers urge you to contact us for assistance if you have suffered any side effects after hip implant surgery. We help injured people across North Carolina to fight for full and fair compensation. We can also help you protect your right to the compensation you need to move forward, including medical costs, loss of income from work, as well as the pain and suffering that resulted from the implant.