“Defective DePuy hip implants bring lawsuits” is a disturbing headline to thousands and thousands of people around the world who have received a dangerous and defective DePuy replacement hip implant. In fact, it is estimated that there are 93,000 people around the world who have received the defective implant.
Your hip is one of the primary weight bearing joints in your body. Your hip is made-up of a ball and a rounded socket. Your femoral head (ball) is located at the top of your femur (thigh bone). Your acetabulum (rounded socket) is situated in your pelvis. The ball on your thigh bone fits into the rounded socket in your pelvis.
Bands of tissue (ligaments) are what connect the ball to the socket and help make them steady. A tough, smooth material that is known as articular cartilage covers the surfaces of your ball and joint. Your bones are cushioned by this articular cartilage, and it enables them to move easily.
Lubricant for your hip joint
A smooth, thin tissue liner that is referred to as synovial membrane covers the rest of the surfaces of your hip joint. The synovial membrane makes a small amount of fluid that works like a lubricant to keep the bones in your hip joint from rubbing against each other.
There are several things that can cause a need for a hip implant. Among these are:
Osteoarthritis in your hip joint
Bone tumors that break down your hip joint
Rheumatoid arthritis that brings about joint pain, swelling and stiffness
Injury of your hip joint
Osteonecrosis that results in the death of bone in your joints.
The defective DePuy hip implant is particularly disturbing because hip replacement surgery where you have a hip implant is the second most common replacement surgical procedure. It is a close second to knee replacement surgery.
Another disturbing thing about the defective DePuy hip implant is that the parent company, Johnson and Johnson, continued to sell the defective DePuy hip implant even after the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) expressed concerns about the device in 2009. Initially, in 2005, the FDA approved the DePuy hip implant. The FDA did not require any safety data on metal-on-metal implants being used in humans. It was two years later that the FDA stopped approval on the DePuy hip implant as a result of studies that showed the device was failing prematurely in a high percentage of people.
It was a full year after being warned about the dangers of the hip implant by the FDA before Johnson and Johnson removed the device from being used. Many people have had to have the DePuy hip implant device removed and replaced.
Problems with the DePuy hip implant
Several problems have resulted from the DePuy hip implant. These include components of the device coming loose and metal fragments being deposited in bloodstream and tissues and fracturing bone around the implant.
There are two things that should be considered in bringing a lawsuit for the defective DePuy hip implant. First, the general kinds of damages that are available to people who are injured by defective products. Second, the outcomes of previous hip implant litigation.