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Category: DePuy ASR Hip Implants

Happy Holidays from the Berniard Law Firm

On behalf of the Berniard Law Firm, we hope that all of our friends and followers have had a relaxing and restful holiday. Posting will resume on Tuesday

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Longterm Treatment for Terminally Ill Patient Called into Question

Longterm treatment and care can oftentimes be difficult and emotionally taxing for all involved. What’s more, when an already arduous process is muddled by improper actions by the medical staff, legal resolutions do exist but are unlikely to remedy the problems caused. After what seemed like a never-ending nap, an individual who will not be […]

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A Happy Holidays to All Friends of the Berniard Law Firm

The Berniard Law Firm would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday. Regular posting will resume in 2012! Have a happy, and SAFE, holiday season!

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Federal 5th Circuit Decides Excess Insurers Are Not Required To Pay Pre-Judgment Interest

In order to avoid extreme costs incurred from accidents, some businesses purchase two types of insurance policies. The first and most common type of insurance is primary insurance. Under this policy, business assets and liabilities are covered in exchange for the payment of a premium. This coverage, however, is capped in order to protect the […]

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Understanding Class Action Lawsuits in Louisiana

Class actions are a common and popular legal tool for cases involving a large group of people who share the same grievance against a defendant. Specifically, the plaintiffs have to have a real and actual interest in order to join a class action. An issue may arise however, if a plaintiff’s interest is called into […]

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DePuy Settlements May Offer Spectrum of Opportunities for Recovery

Nearly ten years ago, consumers sued Sulzer Medica for producing defective hip and knee implants. The company ultimately settled with the affected parties. Although the underlying facts of the Sulzer Medica litigation are technically different from those of DePuy, the Sulzer Medica outcome is nevertheless instructive. If anything, the outcome of the Sulzer Medica recall […]

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DePuy Parent Company Johnson & Johnson Admit Flaws in Cleaning Process

Reuters News Service reports that Johnson & Johnson has blamed “lax cleaning procedures” for its massive recalls of over the counter medicines and artificial joint replacements. “Insufficient equipment cleaning procedures and instances where people failed to adequately document cleaning procedures” are among some of the identified cleaning issues. The company has cited to “label irregularit(ies)” […]

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Johnson & Johnson, Parent to DePuy, Under Scrutiny for Manufacturing Practices

In August 2010, DePuy recalled thousands of its ASR hip implant units after medical watchdogs discovered the product was structually unsafe and caused many recipients metallosis, substantial loss of mobility in joints, and other symptoms. Thousands of lawsuits immediately followed, with most still pending. Hip implants aren’t the only product produced by DePuy, and its […]

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Younger Patients Opt for Joint Replacement Surgery, Increased Numbers Affected by Defective Implants Manufactured by DePuy

In January 2011 the Washington Post reported on the recent trend of younger patients opting for joint replacement surgery. In 2008, of the 277,000 hip replacements performed in the United States, 27 percent were conducted on patients ages 45 to 64. That represents an increase of 78 percent for that age group. One orthopaedic surgeon […]

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Criticisms of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Push Physicians Away from Usage

Medical literature has showcased several problems with metal-on-metal hip implants, such as the DePuy ASR line that was recalled in August 2010. Among the various problems, soft tissue reactions and high risks associated with metal-on-metal implant materials emerge to the top. For example, some hip implant recipients are especially sensitive to cobalt and chromium, two […]

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