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DePuy ASR compensation claims

Leigh Day is the UK’s leading firm of solicitors currently handling DePuy ASR resurfacing and total hip replacement compensation claims. We have a dedicated team of fee earners who act exclusively for individuals who have undergone early revision surgery of their ASR implants.  We currently represent over 550 patients who have suffered from an adverse reaction to metal debris and we are paving the way to enable our clients to receive the compensation they deserve.

ASR hips: the product

The ASR metal on metal implant was marketed as the next generation metal on metal implant. It was a large head metal implant, was designed to provide greater durability, reduce the risk of dislocation and above all last longer than the components which were already on the market. It was aimed at younger, active individuals and the marketing of the product implied that patients fitted with ASR implant would enjoy returning to a full and active lifestyle.

Barbara's story

Barbara's hip replacement was initially deemed a success but as the weeks progressed she developed pain and hip was left severely damaged. She tells her story below and her hopes for the future. 

ASR metal on metal problems

Some metal bearings wear abnormally and can cause metal debris to shed into the surrounding tissue and muscles.  This can cause a soft tissue reaction with the surrounding tissue and muscles and in some cases can lead to the main hip muscles being destroyed. Individuals suffer with varying degrees of symptoms including pain in the groin and buttock, inflammation, and clicking of the joint.

Debbie's story

Debbie first became aware of problems with her hips in 2006, after she'd had some pain for a few years. She saw a consultant and he recommended that, in 2007, she have both her hips replaced. His recommendation was to use large, metal-on-metal hips. She then suffered a series of serious health problems, including metal debris in her bloodstream, the development of a tumour, soft tissue and bone destruction, and revision surgery. It is likely that she will have to use a wheelchair by the time she is 60, and she still has high levels of cobalt and chromium in her bloodstream.  


The DePuy ASR recall

The DePuy ASR resurfacing and total hip replacement was subject to a recall in August 2010. The recall was issued by the manufacturers, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson group of companies.

DePuy ASR compensation

People who have been implanted with either an ASR resurfacing or total hip replacement which has failed prematurely may be entitled to claim compensation from the manufacturers for pain, suffering and financial losses caused as a result.

John Bannister's story

John was first implanted with a metal on metal hip in 2007.  In the early part of 2010 he developed a swelling around his left hip and had to have the hip replaced a second time.  After the surgery he lost all mobility in his hip which had a drastic effect on his life.

Adverse reaction to metal debris

For the last five years Leigh Day have investigated hundreds of cases in which individuals have been injured as a result of exposure to metal debris produced by implanted metal-on-metal hips
The group of soft tissue injuries associated with exposure to particulate metal debris are now referenced using the umbrella term ‘ARMD’ or ‘adverse reaction to metal debris’.  ARMD can include local pathology such as metallosis, pseudotumours, and muscle necrosis and can result in a devastating loss of function to patients.
Although metallosis and ARMD have been linked most often with metal-on-metal hips there is growing concern amongst clinicians and bioengineers that other implanted medical devices which involve metal-on-metal surface contact may expose patients to ARMD injuries. Devices of particular concern include:
  • Spinal rods
  • Prosthetic knee implants
  • Prosthetic shoulder implants

To start your compensation claim today, please complete our hip claims enquiry form or telephone us on free phone number 0800 689 7230   to see how we can help you recover compensation as quickly as possible.

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