Multiple news agencies have been covering the cases against Johnson & Johnson filed over the potentially defective ASR metal-on-metal hip implants. The second case is now being heard y a jury in Illinois, reports show.
According to one of the reports, the patient’s attorney told a Chicago jury that the company should award the victim at least $5 million for the suffering she experienced in association with the fitting of the hip implants.
The case involving the Illinois nurse is the second lawsuit filed against the DePuy unit, a Johnson & Johnson company, which is the manufacturer and developer behind the metal-on-metal hip implant. The company has stated that almost 11,000 cases were filed against the company. The metal-on-metal hip implants were linked to thousands of cases of adverse reactions linked to the device. The metal implants were linked to tissue damage, tumors, and an increased presence of metal ions in the bloodstream of patients fitted with the device. Issues associated with the hip implants were reported after it was noted that the failure rate linked to these devices was much higher than what was expected.
In 2010, the company issued a recall for over 93,000 units of the hips claiming clinical needs behind the recall announcement, not hip design defect.
Testimonials and evidence have led jurors in the first case and potentially in this second case to believe the company was aware of the design defects, which ultimately caused distress and adverse reactions to patients everywhere. Multiple patients in Australia have also filed a class-action lawsuit against J&J over the same issues. In the UK, patients are also getting ready to sue the company over the defective metal-on-metal hip implants.
As DePuy’s lawyers did during the first trial, they managed to deny that the metal-on-metal hip implant had been designed defectively. The product, made of cobalt and chromium, was linked to the patient’s blackened tissue surrounding the implant area and increased presence of metal ions in her bloodstream.
Over 2,000 cases filed against Johnson & Johnson are being judged in California while about three-quarters of the cases were filed in Ohio.
All cases combined could cost Johnson & Johnson billions of dollars. Details concerning what the Chicago jury will award the Illinois nurse haven’t been disclosed as of now.
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