The news keeps getting worse for Johnson & Johnson, maker of the recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant.
In testimony yesterday in a California jury trial, DePuy's safety manager said the company took "inappropriate" steps to investigate risks in the design of 93,000 metal-on-metal hip implants. A company audit uncovered numerous problems with the DePuy ASR, the manager said. The ASR was recalled in August 2010. The trial in Los Angeles is one of the first of about 10,000 similar cases across the nation that could be headed to trial in the next year.
In separate testimony in the same case, the New York Times reported that a DePuy engineer, Graham Isaac, told the jury that DePuy had knowledge of the implant's design flaws as far back as 2005, before the device even hit the U.S. market.
The attorneys at Jones Ward PLC represent dozens of people across the country in Kentucky, Indiana, and other states who have been injured by the defective DePuy ASR hip implant and its similarly troubled cousin, the DePuy Pinnacle, as well as implants made by Biomet, Zimmer, Stryker, and other companies. If you or a loved one have been injured by a metal hip implant, contact attorney Alex Davis for a free case evaluation.