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WA joins class action against dodgy hips

Posted Fri Jun 3, 2011 10:16am AEST

The DePuy ASR (Articular Surface Replacement) Hip Resurfacing System

The DePuy ASR (Articular Surface Replacement) Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement, created by DePuy Orthopedics. (www.depuy-recall-hip.com) A class action against the maker and distributor of faulty hip implants will return to the Federal Court in Sydney today. Twenty West Australians have registered in the action against DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. DePuy issued a worldwide recall of the product in 2010.

Lawyer Ben Slade is representing patients who say the hip is to blame for severe and painful side effects, which some doctors and medical researchers attribute to metal poisoning. DePuy denies the allegations.Mr Slade says there could be hundreds more West Australians eligible to take part in the class action.

“Open class actions help all those people who suffered injury as a result of the defective hip implants and at some stage we just need to find them and then we can look after them,” he said. Mandurah resident Carolyn Thomson said she had to have her faulty DePuy hip implant replaced in February. “I had pain from the beginning it was put in and my doctor said it was normal, but I knew it wasn’t,” she said. Mrs Thomson is looking to join the class action.

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