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Pennsylvania residents file suit over defective medical devices

Two separate lawsuits have been filed by Pennsylvania residents who claim that they have suffered because of defective medical devices. The defective medical devices were hip replacements that had been recalled over four years ago. Both plaintiffs did see their doctors after receiving news of the recall, but neither was experiencing any difficulty at the time and chose to keep their replacements. They both began having problems several years later.

The problems for one plaintiff began nearly a year ago, after feeling discomfort in her hip. It was found that her blood contained unusually high levels of chromium and cobalt. She then had the procedure to repair the trouble. The other plaintiff began having problems several months ago but has not yet gone through the process to fix his implant.

The lawsuit named the company that produced and sold the implant, DePuy Orthopedics, and the parent company, Johnson & Johnson, as defendants in the case. Both plaintiffs claim that the companies were aware of problems with the device after market complaints in other countries. They assert that, had the product been tested more thoroughly, the damage done by the implants would have been discovered. Each party is requesting financial compensation for more than $75,000.

There have been many advances in the medical community to help Pennsylvania residents live longer and in better physical health than in the past. However, when defective medical devices have been utilized, it is physically, emotionally, and financially detrimental to the patient and to friends and family who care for them. Those who feel they have cause to seek compensation for any type of adverse medical situation have every right to explore their options and gain an understanding of how to proceed in filing a products liability claim.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Patients sue hip replacement manufacturer for device defects", Jim Boyle, Aug. 28, 2014

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