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More Legal Trouble for Johnson & Johnson After Indiana Man Files Suit for Hip Replacement

It seems like Johnson & Johnson, famous for its baby powder used worldwide for decades, is beleaguered with lawsuits as of late.

In early December, a jury in Texas awarded six patients $1 billion in punitive damages for serious complications resulting from a hip replacement device manufactured by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

In May 2016, Johnson & Johnson suffered another costly loss in less than three months over claims that their talcum based baby powder caused cancer. More cases are still pending over similar claims.

Now, an Indiana man has filed another lawsuit in New Jersey against the giant pharmaceutical company claiming that he “suffered substantial injuries and damages” from the hip implant made by DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which manufactures surgical joint replacements and other medical devices related to spinal- and sports-related injuries.

The suit alleges DePuy’s metal-on-metal version of the product, which is the second line of the hip replacement implants, is defective and allows for metal particles to make their way into the recipient’s bloodstream and tissue.

The Indiana man claims he suffered “constant debilitating pain and instability” due to “friction wear from the movement at the joint” after undergoing a total left hip replacement with the DePuy product in 2008. In 2014, the man had another total hip replacement to fix the product’s alleged issue and may need future procedures, according to the suit.

Even though a Depuy spokesperson claims the company acted “appropriately and responsibly” in the design of these products, the result of some of these lawsuits seem to contradict that belief.

Another brand of Johnson & Johnson’s hip replacements, the ASR device, was recalled in 2010. The company allocated $2.5 billion for potential patient damages.

If you feel that a product has caused injury or illness to you or a loved one, call the attorneys at Theodoros & Rooth immediately. One of our attorneys will evaluate your case, and we believe your case is justified, we will fight in order to get you the compensation that you deserve. There are no attorney fees unless we win your case.