DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, is receiving more and more lawsuits filed against them involving defective hip replacement devices. According to Mass Device, there were more than 350 lawsuits filed against DePuy in August, 2011. In addition, there were 700 product liability lawsuits relating to these defective implants in the past two months and 1,700 filed since January.
According to a recent Reuters news report, Johnson & Johnson could be facing billions of dollars in legal expenses and related costs with regard to these defective products. Many lawsuits allege that victims who have these defective implants in them are suffering from serious adverse effects ranging from pain, swelling and joint dislocation to nerve and heart damage.
These defective medical devices raise a number of questions about defective products and the need for proper testing. In general, medical devices are approved for sale as long as they serve their purpose. While this qualification may be adequate for most devices, products that are surgically implanted often require a higher standard. Not only are recipients of DePuy hip replacements suffering physically, but they are also facing financial burdens as a result of having to undergo additional, unnecessary surgery.
Manufacturers of defective medical devices can be held accountable for the injuries, pain and suffering and emotional trauma they cause. If you have suffered adverse effects as a result of these defective DePuy implants, please contact the experienced Las Vegas injury attorneys at Shook & Stone at 702-570-0000. We will remain on your side, fight for your rights and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your losses. Call us today to find out how we can help.