Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $500 Million for Defective Hip Implants
With thousands of lawsuits being filed against pharmaceutical giant Johnson
& Johnson (J&J) for their seemingly defective-by-design
DePuy Hip Implant, five plaintiffs in Texas have recently received a positive conclusion
to their cases. After a full two months of trial and an entire week of
jury deliberation, J&J was deemed liable for damages caused by their
hip implant devices and ordered to pay $500 million to five plaintiffs,
with about $140 million for compensatory damages and the remaining $360
million for punitive damages.
Plaintiffs in the trial experienced a variety of negative impacts and serious
health issues after using DePuy hip implant devices. Most reported problems
as severe as necrosis in the implant site, bone loss and erosion, and
metallosis, or the presence of dangerously high levels of metal in the
blood supply. Beyond citing that the DePuy devices were obviously hazardous
to health due to an inherent design flaw of putting two metal parts together
in the joint, the plaintiffs’ case also stated that J&J grossly
exaggerated the safety and functionality of the devices in marketing and
What Happens Next for Johnson & Johnson?
J&J and their lawyers were quick to challenge the verdict and were
already planning to file an appeal.
Johnson & Johnson may be bolstered by a courtroom success in a trial
in 2014 for a similar device, the Pinnacle hip implant. In that case,
the corporation was cleared of any liability. However, just a year before,
it doled out more than $2.5 billion to thousands of plaintiffs due to
the dangerous nature of
another hip implant device called the ASR.
For a full article on the recent case result in Texas,
Reuters has published an online article
here. If you believe you have been hurt by a Johnson & Johnson DePuy hip
implant or a similar device, there is still time for you to file a lawsuit
in pursuit of compensation. Call toll-free
877.751.9800 to connect with a defective medical device attorney at Morelli Law Firm today.