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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.