Medical supply giant, Johnson & Johnson, reached a $2.5 billion settlement with thousands of Americans harmed by defective medical products marketed by the company. Now, payments from the settlement are being made to the victims.
Problems with the DePuy ASR hip implant began were first reported 2010 when patients began to experience premature failures of the devices. Examinations determined friction from the metal-on-metal parts of the device were causing inflammation and pain for patients and also a condition of heavy metal toxicity, known as metallosis.
More than 8,000 hip recall lawsuits were filed in connection with the devices, which means the settlement will an average settlement award of $200,000 to many claimants. Those with extraordinary injuries or conditions can apply for more compensation later.
According to an article from MarketWatch, payments are only being made to claimants who underwent revision surgery prior to Aug. 2013. Claims from those who have not underwent corrective procedures or underwent corrective surgery after Aug. 2013 are still open.
At Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel, we hope the payments bring a sense of closure to the victims.