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Surgeon Testifies that DePuy Implants are Safe

 Posted on May 07, 2013 in Defective Medical Devices

According to a story reported by Law360, expert testimony has began in cases regarding the lawsuits that are being levied against Johnson & Johnson. DePuy, Inc is a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson company.

Although the ASR XL metal hip has been recalled, Tony Nargol, testified that the prosthesis was safe and that the continued use of the product can be totally justified. Nargol is an orthopedic surgeon who was selected as an expert witness to testify in the case.

There are currently over 10,000 lawsuits that have been filed against the manufacturer alleging that the ASR products are defective and unsafe. The surgeon also testified that out of 243 surgeries where the ASR products were used, only three of those cases required surgical reentry. He also stated that the reentries were not because of the product itself but the way that it was used.

The first case went to trial in Los Angeles and the jury ruled against DePuy in the amount of $8.3 million. However, the jury refused to award any punitive damages to the people who had the surgery using these products.

In this particular case, the plaintiff is seeking punitive damages alleging that she suffered pain from the DePuy ASR XL but that she also had high concentrations of metals in her bloodstream because of the product as well. The defense is arguing that the further problems experienced by the plaintiff are because of her standing medical issues.

If you have been hurt by the use of the DePuy ASR XL, you need to contact a knowledgeable Illinois personal injury attorney that is experienced in cases of defective medical devices. Do not base your case on the results of other cases in the news because individual results can vary depending on several different factors in the case.

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