Attorneys for the nearly 8000 patients who have filed claims against Johnson & Johnson announced yesterday that the company has agreed to pay 2.5 billion dollars to settle these claims according to several news outlets. This would compensate those people who had to undergo a revision surgery to have the recalled implant removed and replaced with another hip. DePuy, the subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufactured the ASR hips which were recalled as a result of causing metallosis poisoning to the patients after being implanted. The standard payment for patients who claim a share of the settlement is $250,000. The award may be reduced based on age, smoking status, and the length the device was implanted. Patients may get more than $250,000 if they needed multiple revisions or experienced complications such as a heart attack or pulmonary embolism associated with the revision. They must register their claims by Jan. 6.
“This is the first significant domino to fall regarding these metal on metal hip implants which have caused thousands of people to have to undergo these serious surgeries and long recoveries on multiple occassions. We expect the Stryker cases to be even more significant than the Depuy ASR that was just settled by Johnson & Johnson” said Sean Keith a lead device injury attorney at the firm.
If you underwent a metal on metal hip implant, contact our office for a free evaluation to determine if you are eligible to submit a claim by clicking on the contact us button or by calling Sean Keith at 1800-698-3644.