Pope McGlamry is actively representing dozens of clients who had the misfortune of being a recipient of recently recalled DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System hip implant. One of those, Teresa Adams, a single, working mother of two, was featured in the March/April 2011 issue of Knoxville’s CityView Magazine.
The article includes a discussion with Teresa’s doctor, Dr. Matthew Nadaud, and his thoughts on DePuy’s handling of the product:
This hip system first became available in July 2003, and remained on the market for just over seven years before problems with the device were officially announced. Naudad says they were aware there were problems with their product for a period of almost two years. “Instead they had their spokespeople blaming the doctors. And that’s the part that’s hardest for me to stomach,” he says. “I understand they thought they had a good product initially, but when they realized the product was problematic, they weren’t very forthcoming.” DePuy decided to end production of it in 2009, but didn’t recall it until mid 2010. They now could potentially face millions of dollars in lawsuits. “It’s a hard thing to do to tell one of your patients they need another operation,” Nadaud says. “And it severed my relationship with DePuy.”
Additionally, Mike McGlamry of Pope McGlamry was also quoted in the discussion regarding the revision rate of the recalled hip implant:
Despite the fact that DePuy estimates there is a 12 to 13 percent, five year revision rate, attorneys like Bruce Fox and Mike McGlamry think the initial estimate of up to 20 percent is very low. “How many people getting revisions is supposed to be rare in the recall, but greater than 12 percent are getting it,” McGlamry says. “The problem is much worse than DePuy originally reported.”
McGlamry’s concerns are bolstered by a recent study discussed in a joint statement from the British Hip Society and the British Orthopaedic Association claiming that the revision rate for the DePuy ASR XL ranged from 21% within four years (although that number could rise to 35% if all currently known painful implants progress to revision) to 49% in six years. These failure rates are approximately four times that originally claimed by DePuy. To learn more about the results of the study, you may visit our blog.
If you are experiencing pain or have required surgery after a DePuy Hip Replacement, you need to be evaluated by your surgeon and you need to discuss your legal options.
At Pope McGlamry, our product liability attorneys are presently investigating DePuy Hip Replacement claims. If you suffer chronic pain, limited mobility, or difficulty walking due to a hip replacement, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering.
Contact our Georgia DePuy Hip Replacement lawyers to discuss your potential lawsuit. We will evaluate your claim and explain your legal options.