The verdict is in! Jury awards $8.3 million in first DePuy hip case

March 3, 2013 – Los Angeles jurors voted today to award $8.3 million to Mr. Loren “Bill” Kransky, a Montana man injured by a faulty DePuy hip replacement part. The man reportedly received his hip implant, a metal on metal unit, in 2007.

Kransky suffered numerous health consequences as a result of particulates shaving off of the replacement part during times of movement and flowing into the bloodstream. As a result, patients like Kransky have as much as 16 times the allowable levels of both cobalt and chromium in their bloodstreams. Heavy metal poisoning, damage to internal organs and more were reportedly caused by the DePuy hip implant.

The hip replacement parts were used by surgeons worldwide, with about 33,000 being used in the United States and 100,000 used worldwide. At least 12 percent of these devices implanted within the US failed within the first five years. After a seven year period, up to 44 percent of Australian DePuy hip replacement parts had failed.

Approximately 10,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson over the DePuy implant. About 7,000 lawsuits filed in the Northern District of Ohio Courts will be heard with cooperation from multiple districts. Legal analysts predict that the health manufacturing giant will be forced to shell out billions of dollars to settle lawsuits relating to the faulty DePuy hip replacement.

In the case of Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al., [BC 456086, Los Angeles Superior Court] it was discovered that Johnson and Johnson knew they had failed safety tests, but the company changed their own standards in order to get the implant to the market.

No putative damages for negligence were awarded in the case. Rather, Kransky was awarded $338,136 for Kransky’s medical expenses and $8 million for his physical pain and emotional suffering. Kransky is the first of thousands of litigants lining up to file suit against Johnson & Johnson.

Attorneys for Kransky point out that the manufacturers of medical devices and products are duty bound to provide safe and effective products, and must not launch medical devices until safety standards have been met. His lawyers allege that Johnson &Johnson failed to properly test the DePuy device, toned down reports of failures and tried to redesign the implant before it was pulled from the market in 2008.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a faulty hip replacement, consult with the attorneys at Keefe Law Firm. After initial consultation, attorneys will evaluate whether or not to take litigation to the court. Keefe Law Firm are New Jersey State’s court appointed firm in charge of the representation of litigants throughout their class action lawsuits. Call today at 1-877-ATTY-247.

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