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Daniel R. Lapinski Appointed Co-Lead Counsel In New Jersey Centralized DePuy Hip Implant Litigation
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer is pleased to announce that Daniel R. Lapinski has been named Co-Lead Counsel in the DePuy ASR Hip Implants Litigation (Case No. 293) by Judge Brian R. Martinotti, Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County Vicinage. Presently, approximately seventy-five lawsuits have been filed in New Jersey against Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. This litigation, which is expected to include hundreds of patients who had been fitted with a defective DePuy ASR hip implant, was centralized to Bergen County in April 2011 by Order of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. As Co-Lead Counsel, Mr. Lapinski shall be a liaison between the Court, defense counsel and all Plaintiffs counsel, and is responsible for designating and selecting Plaintiffs’ counsel to serve on any sub-committee that may be formed.
In August 2010, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, recalled two metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. 2010 data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that the five year revision rate for the ASR Hip Resurfacing System is approximately 12 percent. For the ASR XL Acetabular System, it is approximately 13 percent. These revision rates are across the entire size range. The risk for revision was highest with ASR head sizes below 50 mm in diameter and among female patients.
The ASR hip implant is a metal-on-metal implant made of chromium and cobalt, consisting of a cup that is implanted into the hip with a ball joint that connects to the leg. Some believe that the complications linked to the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip implant are caused by the wearing away of the metal components, which can release metal shavings into patients’ bloodstream. It has been reported that elevated levels of cobalt in the bloodstream may also lead to cobalt poisoning, a disorder that, if left untreated, can put patients at risk for tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo, deafness, blindness, optic nerve atrophy, convulsions, headaches and peripheral neuropathy.
If you or someone you know had a hip replacement using DePuy’s ASR acetabular hip implant, contact us today.