The DePuy hip implant recall has received numerous publicity since it was first announced in August. DePuy estimates that at least 13% of the hip implants the company manufactured have failed, causing various injuries for its recipients. The hip plant recall is by no means the first manufacturing error to plague the DePuy corporate family.
On Tuesday, The Christian Science Monitor reported that Johnson & Johnson, DePuy’s parent company, has issued a sixth recall of Tylenol caplets due to a chemical defect in the medication. A telltale sign of the defect is a moldy odor that accompanies the caplets. Johnson & Johnson has not ascertained what additional consequences the recalled Tylenol may present to the consumer, but the corporation has urged purchasers to not ingest any of the recalled caplets. Since November 2009, Johnson & Johnson has issued recalls for Motrin, Tylenol Arthritis Caplets, Benadryl, as well as other forms of Tylenol. The most recent recall pertains to Tylenol 8 Hour Caplets.
Notwithstanding the ultimate harm that may come to users of the defective products, the past recall events by Johnson & Johnson and DePuy showcase a pattern of problematic manufacturing practices within the Johnson & Johnson corporate family. Based on these occurrences, it appears that the DePuy hip implant recall is by no means an isolated occurrence. Indeed, it is plausible that the DePuy report that accompanied the hip implant recall has underestimated the true number of patients affected by its defective hip implants.
Because Johnson & Johnson has issued many recalls in the past, the corporation is likely quite familiar with attempts at limiting its legal responsibility for defective products. For this reason, it is essential that patients who have received a DePuy hip implant retain legal counsel to recover for any injuries sustained. If a patient chooses to deal with DePuy without the assistance of a competent legal representative, they risk losing the right to a full and equitable recovery.
Oftentimes individuals affected by an incident find that offers from the offending party are offered a settlement that prevents future litigation. However, when the case involves matters where future difficulties can emerge, it is important that a proper attorney is hired. In instances like the BP claims in the Gulf, settlements are offered with the caveat that future litigation is prohibited. The future is unclear, though, and without proper calculations and expert testimony/appraisals, one may be left not receiving the proper monetary offer they deserve.
The attorneys at Berniard Law Firm have an extensive track record dealing with large multinational corporations such as Johnson & Johnson and DePuy. They are aware of DePuy’s likely legal defenses and have developed tried and true legal strategies that can maximize their clients’ chances at receiving a full recovery. Moreover, they are conscious of DePuy/Johnson & Johnson’s flawed track record when it comes to releasing unsafe and unreliable medical products into the marketplace.
Please contact the Berniard Law Firm today if you have received a DePuy hip implant and are unsure of your legal rights involving the DePuy recall. Berniard’s legal team will courteously assess your current situation, and will propose a legal strategy that works best for you.