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Arguments Concerning the DePuy ASR Hip System

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability | 0 comments

In 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a holding company of Johnson & Johnson, recalled the widely used DePuy ASR hip implant. The recall was issued after numerous reports and lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson for defective product design. Many of the recipients of a DePuy ASR hip were badly injured by the implant.

According to the website of the National Injury Law Center, the DePuy ASR ball-and-socket technology was made of cobalt and chromium alloy. The acetabulum shell (socket) and femoral head (ball) were separated by a flimsy polyethylene liner. In many cases, this liner wore down causing the cobalt and chromium to grind against one another. Not only did the grinding pain mimic the arthritic pre-operation condition, but it also put patients at risk for blood toxicity and damaged tissue.

Lawyers representing the victims of a defective DePuy ASR Hip System have mentioned that the scraping action of the metal-on-metal implant can cause damage to the tissue surrounding the joint. This damage can become so extensive that it eventually causes the surrounding tissue to die. Additionally, the scraping of the metal can raise the amount of metal ions in the bloodstream. This alteration to blood levels can affect a patient’s ability to fight infection as well as increase the risk for blood clotting complications.

In addition to physical complications to patients, many lawyers have argued that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the defective qualities of the DePuy hip implant before releasing it for market use. Johnson & Johnson has been accused of inadequate testing, the hiding of failure complaints, and the discarding of redesign efforts. The first federal trial over the DePuy Hip System began in September of 2013. Johnson & Johnson stands to lose around $3 billion dollars if they are held liable for the full extent of the damages.

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Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Finding the right personal injury lawyer to represent you in court may be the key in getting the proper compensation in a very fast manner possible. There are a lot of lawyers out there who says they can help you, but not all of them are familiar with the ins and outs of personal injury law. This is why it is vital to find the right one, especially if you have been severely injured due to an accident or reckless behavior of another person or party.

If you have just recently encountered a serious injury due to another person’s fault, then you might get compensation by filing a personal injury claim. With so many lawyers out there, it might seem daunting to find the right one, so here are some tips on where and how you can find the best personal injury lawyer for your specific injury case:

  1. Bar associations – generally all lawyers become members of these organizations, and as such, they can provide you with lawyer’s credentials and curriculum vitae. These organizations can provide you with lawyers who specialize in personal injury law.
  2. Yellow pages – even with the fast access of the internet, yellow pages can still provide you with attorneys who specialize in personal injury laws.
  3. Inquire about them to your lawyer – whether you asked their help for writing a will or for real estate transactions, asking your lawyer on their recommendations can guarantee you have enough options for a personal injury lawyer. Ask your lawyer for at least 3 persons whom he trusts can help you with your dilemma.
  4. Internet – just about every bit of information can be found in the internet. Searching for lawyers in your area do not only give you their names, you can also find their backgrounds, other cases and even inquire them about your case.
  5. Ask around – it does not hurt to ask other people about different lawyers. Word of mouth is still a strong advertising medium for many legal firms, and asking about them can inform you about their services and how they handle their clients.

Looking for the right lawyer doesn’t need to be all that hard and confusing. Just knowing where to look for them is the first step in fighting for your right for fair compensation after an unjust accident.

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Choosing an Attorney

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Every case is different, so you should not expect that every lawyer can represent you in court regarding your personal injury claims. As these lawsuits are a special area of the law, finding the right personal injury lawyer can pave the way to fair financial settlement.

In choosing a lawyer to stand in for you in front of a judge or jury, certain things should be considered before hiring them. First, avoid getting lawyers who are more interested in money than representing you in court. See if they ask about their payment first, before even asking you about any information about your case. Check if they are willing to take your case through a contingency fee or not.

Another thing to think about is whether that personal injury lawyer has, for the most part, represented insurance companies rather than the victims or the injured claimants. As not all personal injury attorneys and cases are the same, you might end up with the wrong lawyer who is more experience defending the other party in court.

Ask your lawyer about their thoughts on you accepting a lower settlement or even not accepting a fair settlement and pushing for a trial. It is important to know if they are willing to honor your wishes, whatever that may be, and will accept them without any question.

Searching for the right personal injury lawyer can seem intimidating at first, but you will get used to it. Do not be afraid to ask questions, since these are vital in helping you determine if who you are getting is the right person to fight for your right in court. Look for a personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience in the field of personal injury law in your state. Find someone who is happy and very much willing to represent you in court, and most especially you are agreeable with in order to build trust.

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