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In August, 2010 DePuy a US Conglomerate owned by Johnson and Johnson “recalled” some of its medical products. The recall included the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip and DePuy ASR Hip resurfacing system and type of artificial human hip.
These hips were fitted to consumers in the course of major surgery in hospital.
Many of the hips were failing early and the patients were undergoing avoidable, difficult and dangerous revision surgery involving pain and suffering from the failed hips and the surgery.
Often the physical failure of the hip is preceded by the release of chromium and cobalt ions into the patient’s bloodstream, these come from the abrasion of one part of the hip on another, wearing down the metal surfaces and releasing them into the patient’s body potentially causing side effects.
There have been many legal claims for compensation and costs against the DePuy Conglomerate including in Ireland.
In the US many of the claims were consolidated and the Plaintiffs lawyers and the Defendants lawyers settled the cases for substantial damages. Provision has been made for the cases by DePuy (reported to be billions of Dollars).
WHAT DO I DO?
It is important to note that there is a time limit on instituting Proceedings in cases like this. It is imperative that you consult with your Solicitor so that Proceedings can be taken immediately.
DePuy have nominated Solicitors in Ireland to accept service of Proceedings and they have made provision for compensation for Plaintiffs who successfully claim against DePuy or whom they agree to compensate.
It is reasonable to presume that DePuy will settle such claims in Ireland. The settlements in the US were valued in Billions of Dollars.
John M Joy and Company have a team of Medical Experts and Professionals who are prepared to assess claims involving, DePuy, Childbirth, Obstetrics or indeed general medical negligence.
We also have a team of highly qualified and specialist Senior Counsel who will advise on each individual case prior to the institution of Proceedings.
Contact our office should you require any advice on the above.
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A seven-year-old boy, who was injured when his head was trapped in electric security gates, has been awarded more than €50,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Judge John Aylmer was told that Lee McCabe was four when the gates closed on his head and had to be rescued by a neighbour who had heard him crying for help.
Barrister Conor Kearney, who appeared with Tony Taaffe solicitor for Lee, told the court that Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, had last year rejected a €37,000 assessment by the Personal Injuries Board. Read More
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Around 110,000 AIB customers are to receive letters informing them they may be entitled to compensation as a result of a review of their card protection insurance policies.
The bank says customers may have been provided with insufficient information when they purchased the product, meaning they were paying for an element of cover for unauthorised or fraudulent use, that the bank was already covering.