On Friday, a Los Angeles jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than more $8.3 million to a man who suffered serious injuries from one of the company’s hip implants. This case is the first of more than 10,000 lawsuits that have been filed against the company for faulty hip implants, according to The New York Times.
The next trial involving the DePuy ASR XL is scheduled to begin on Monday in Chicago. Many more are expected to follow later this year. According to The New York Times, thousands of cases have already been consolidated in a large proceeding in an Ohio Federal District Court, and the case that was resolved on Friday could potentially shape the framework for settling many of the cases to follow.
The plaintiff, Loren Kransky, is a retired Montana prison guard. The jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay him $338,000 for his medical expenses and another $8 million for his emotional pain and suffering. The jury did not award him any punitive damages, however, as it did not find that Johnson & Johnson acted in malice.
During the trial, an internal memo was introduced, stating that some 40 percent of patients who received a DePuy ASR implant are expected to require revision surgery because of problems caused by the defective implants.
In addition to design defects, the hip implants pose a risk of metal poisoning to patients. This is because the implants are made of all metal components. As the metal parts rub against each other, tiny debris is shed from the implants into the patients’ bodies, creating the potential for tissue, nerve and organ damage.
“During the trial, Kransky’s lawyers told jurors that black pieces of metal flaked off the implant and caused a type of poisoning that could have killed him if the material had not been removed,” reported ABC News.
This lawsuit is only the beginning. Johnson & Johnson reportedly told the Securities and Exchange Commission that there are more than 10,750 ASR lawsuits.
To speak with a DePuy hip implant lawyer about your experience with a DePuy ASR implant, contact DePuyHipImplantRecall.org. Our lawyers are experienced hip implant lawyers and can help you get the compensation you need and deserve. We represent individuals who have suffered as a result of defective hips across the country.