Woman Suing over DePuy ASR Hip Implant Tells Jurors that Recalled Metal Hip Caused Pain, Impacted Lifestyle

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Woman Suing over DePuy ASR Hip Implant Tells Jurors that Recalled Metal Hip Caused Pain, Impacted LifestyleOverview: Carol Strum, who has filed a lawsuit over the DePuy ASR hip implant, told jurors on Friday that her hip pain became increasingly worse after being implanted with the recalled metal-on-metal hip device, Law360 reports. Strum’s case, which is seeking punitive damages, is the second of 10,000 lawsuits to go to trial. Among other things, she testified that the pain in her hip led to a revision surgery within three years of receiving the hip implant.

  • Carol Strum’s DePuy ASR lawsuit is the second of 10,000 to go to trial
  • Strum alleges that she received the ASR in order to relieve the pain from her arthritis but the pain only returned about a year after receiving the device
  • She needed revision surgery to replace the ASR with another metal-on-metal hip implant; Strum testified that her recovery was slower and that the pain worsened

Product: DePuy ASR Hip Implant

Manufacturer: DePuy Orthopaedics/ Johnson & Johnson

Side Effects & Complications

  • High failure rate
  • Necrosis (tissue death)
  • Increased levels of cobalt and chromium ions
  • Pain at the implant, sometimes spreading to the groin and back
  • Osteolysis (bone loss)
  • Fluid collections/solid masses around the hip joint

Strum’s Testimony

According to Law360, Strum testified that she received the ASR hip implant in January 2008 to alleviate the arthritis pain in her hip, which was so bad that is interrupted every aspect of her life. She told jurors that after initially receiving the implant, recovery seemed to go well and the pain had seemed to disappear. However, she testified that in spring of 2009 she began to experience a clicking noise in her hip. She told jurors that later that year, she suffered from pain and limited mobility.  When she went to visit her surgeon in September 2009, he assured her that the implant was not causing any problems. Strum testified that the pain continued to get worse, recalling family vacations where her physical limitations were an issue. “it hurt every step …That day is when I told [my husband] Mike, ‘It feels just like it did before I ever had the hip replaced,'” Strum said. Strum had her hip revised in January 2011 due to her symptoms and alleges that her recovery was slower and filled with more pain. She testified that her doctor told her that she may need a second revision surgery.

DePuy ASR Lawsuits and Safety Concerns with All-Metal Hip Implants

Strum’s lawsuit is an example of the thousands of lawsuits that have been filed over the DePuy ASR hip implant. In 2010, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy recalled the metal-on-metal device, citing that the implant failed in 13 percent of patients within five years. More recent data from an Australian national registry indicates a failure rate upwards of 40 percent. Strum’s case is the second of 10,000 to be tried. The first trial ended with an $8.3 million verdict for the Plaintiff; jurors in Los Angeles ruled that the ASR was defective and that J&J was negligent.