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March 13, 2013
Healthcare industry giant, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), has been court ordered to pay a patient who received a Defective DePuy Hip Replacement Device from the company a large sum in damages. An article published in the LA Times explains the $8.3 million the 65-year-old plaintiff was awarded was meant to cover medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering; however, no punitive damages were awarded in the case.
Court documents showed that in 2007, the prison guard form Montana had a DePuy ASR hip replacement device implanted into his body. Within several years though, the plaintiff alleged the device caused him to suffer severe pain and also led to him suffering from poisoning caused by the metal used in the device.
He filed a defective medical product lawsuit against J&J, claiming the company was aware of the risks associated with the product and should have recalled the device much sooner than 2010. Lawyers for the company argued the victim’s issues with the device were the result of a post-operative infection and may have been complicated by prior health conditions.
J&J is currently under federal investigation regarding marketing practices that were used for the hip replacement devices.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy hope the decision that was reached in the case will help bring a sense of closure to the incident for the injured victim.
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