MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – DePuy Orthopaedics has agreed to pay $2.475 billion to settle thousands of claims related to hip implants. Many people who had the implants claimed they suffered injuries as a result of the parts.
U.S. District Judge David A. Katz, of the Northern District of Ohio, is overseeing the litigation and approved the settlement.
More than 10,000 cases came about in the U.S. related to DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems, which it recalled in August 2010.
“Many of our clients have suffered and will continue to suffer negative outcomes resulting from their ASR hip implant, including but not limited to premature hip revision surgery(s),” said Navan Ward, an attorney with Beasley Allen Law Firm in Montgomery.
There have been approximately 8,000 ‘revisions’ in the United States, according to Morris, King and Hodge, a Huntsville law firm involved in the class action lawsuit. In these surgeries, doctors remove and replace the defective device. Attorney David Hodge said his team has handled about 50 of these cases.
An estimated 93,000 people worldwide are affected by the DePuy recall, according to Beasley Allen. Patients are reporting problems within as little as five years after receiving the hip implants, which use metal-on-metal parts.