November 14, 2014

Defective Hip Implant? What the Stryker Settlement Means For You

Posted By: Ward Black Law

An estimated 300,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery annually. If you are among this population, you likely know that some major implant systems have been recalled over recent years. In 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled their Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems after the products suffered a very high failure rate. Due to metal-on-metal corrosion, patients can experience swelling, pain, tissue damage, metal poisoning, bone deterioration and other devastating health issues. The Stryker company stopped sales and production immediately, but – for many patients – it was too late, and costly revision surgery was the only option.

August 11, 2014

Recalled Hip Implant: Who do I trust for legal advice?

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Ward Black Law - Hip Implant RecallThe attorneys at Ward Black Law are representing an increasing number of individuals with recalled hip implants, especially the DePuy ASR® hip. Two products from DePuy Orthopaedics, the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing System, have caused a great deal of pain and suffering. Are you or a loved one among this population? If so, you have probably sought out your doctor’s opinion on pain management and revision surgery. While it is important to understand your options for medical treatment, it is equally valuable to know your legal rights. Doctors are qualified to address your physical needs, but only a dangerous products attorney should provide information on your rights to a lawsuit. Additionally, an attorney can discuss any compensation you deserve for lost wages, pain, suffering and expensive medical treatment.

If you are among the thousands suffering with a hip implant manufactured by DePuy®, Wright Medical®, Stryker Rejuvenate®, Biomet® or Zimmer Kinectiv®, it is crucial that you seek qualified legal assistance as soon as possible. The attorneys at Ward Black Law are experienced in this practice area and eager to share more about your rights. Here is some of what you need to know:

November 20, 2013

Thousands Face Hip Revision Surgery From Recalled Implants

Posted By: Ward Black Law

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The Greensboro, N.C., attorneys at Ward Black Law continue to follow the progression of claims and lawsuits against Stryker® Orthopaedics and its partners in the wake of their recall of the Stryker® Rejuvenate hip implant device and related ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem devices. The faulty devices have left many Americans who received the implant in an artificial hip replacement surgery facing a painful hip revision surgery to repair damage done by failed devices.

July 8, 2013

Stryker Hip Update: Attorney Discovers Client’s Suffering from Implant Firsthand

Posted By: Ward Black Law

hip-revision-surgery-ncAfter years of representing clients harmed by dangerous products, Florida attorney Doug Blankman experienced firsthand how it felt to be the victim of a defective medical device. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 58-year-old lawyer recently underwent hip revision surgery, following a doctor’s discovery of damaged tissue caused by corroding metal from his Stryker® Rejuvenate hip implant.

June 20, 2013

Update: Production Halted on DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

Posted By: Ward Black Law

iStock000006043851XSmallJohnson & Johnson recently announced that it will begin phasing out the production of metal-on-metal and ceramic-on-metal hip replacement products manufactured by their DePuy Orthopaedics division. The world’s leading manufacturer of healthcare products also stated that it will cease selling DePuy’s all-metal hip implants effective August 31, 2013.

February 27, 2013

DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Update

Posted By: Ward Black Law

hipreplacementDuring the first trial against the DePuy Orthopedics division of Johnson & Johnson, an internal analysis conducted by the company in 2011 was disclosed to the public. The analysis estimated that the ASR metal-on-metal hip implant had a 40% fail rate within 5 years. This is a rate 8 times higher than for many other hip implant devices. Moreover, the life of an average hip implant is 15 to 20 years.

January 23, 2013

Depuy Hip Implants – More News

Posted By: Ward Black Law

An internal analysis by Johnson and Johnson, the makers of the recalled Depuy hip implants has been publicly released through court documents and reveals that the company projects that as many as 40% of the implants used will fail within 5 years in the patients who received it.

According to an article in today’s New York Times, “About 93,000 patients worldwide received an A.S.R., about one-third of them in the United States.” Assuming that 40% of them could fail, the A.S.R. Hip Implants (Articular Surface Replacement) could fail with five years for over 12,000 Americans who received the implant.  The implants were recalled by Johnson and Johnson in 2010.  So far about 9,000 cases have been filed between federal court in Ohio and state court in California.  The first cases go to trial this week in California.

View the entire article in the New York Times.

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