Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Claims

DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Claims

Unfortunately, not all medical products work as they should first time, which can lead to product recalls and unsatisfactory results for those who have been fitted with them. This was the case with DePuy ASR hip system - a product that was eventually recalled in 2010 after approximately 93,000 ASR devices had been implanted worldwide.

If you or someone close to you has suffered as a direct result of a DePuy ASR hip replacement, our lawyers could help you claim the compensation you deserve. In the past, we have helped clients who have suffered with a range of issues, including:

  • Pain and loss of mobility leading up to revision surgery
  • Development of pseudo-tumours and elevated blood metal ion levels
  • The need for early revision surgery and in some cases further surgery that would not otherwise have been required
  • Lasting pain and reduced mobility following revision surgery, including operative complications
  • Instability of the hip due to soft tissue damage, which can result in dislocations in some cases

Our specialist team has dealt with many product liability claims, and we're dedicated to guiding you every step of the way throughout your claim. We will also help you to access the medical support and rehabilitation you need to make as full a recovery as possible – a service that has seen us win Post Magazine's Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions.

If you have any questions about making a DePuy ASR hip replacement claim, call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online for a free consultation on your case.

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DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Claims - More Information
    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury or illness caused by a defective medical product, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss what's happened to you, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you do decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same three stages:

      1. Investigation. We'll begin by determining the extent of your injury or illness, and any losses that you may experience as a result. This may involve an examination carried out by a medical expert.
      2. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to your opponent, and they can either accept or contest your claim.
      3. Conclusion. If your opponent accepts liability, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, court proceedings will begin.

        Starting proceedings doesn't mean that your claim will definitely go to trial. Instead, it means that the court will put a timetable in place and manage your claim towards trial. There is still the possibility for your opponent to settle.

        If you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you are unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 121 6567 for your free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury caused by a defective medical product, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss what's happened to you, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you do decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same three stages:

      1. Investigation. We'll begin by determining the extent of your injury or illness, and any losses that you may experience as a result. This may involve an examination carried out by a medical expert.
      2. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to your opponent, and they can either accept or contest your claim.
      3. Conclusion. If your opponent accepted blame, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, court proceedings will begin.

        Starting proceedings doesn't mean that your claim will definitely go to trial. Instead, it means that the court takes over the management of your case – and there is still the opportunity for your opponent to settle.

        If you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 121 6567 for your free initial consultation.

    • What Is A Group Claim, And What Are The Benefits?
    • When an entire line of medical products is defective, many people may suffer injuries as a result. In these situations, it is possible to make a group claim to ensure you and your fellow victims are fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      In some cases a group action may be appropriate way for the court to manage a number of similar claims together without having a trial of each individual claim. Group actions can help people to share legal expertise as well as the cost by working together, to try and maximise the chances of being fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      We have extensive experience in pursuing group actions relating to many different types of claim, including for defective products, drugs and medical devices.

      The expertise and results achieved for our clients means that Irwin Mitchell is the most highly ranked personal injury firm in the UK by two independent leading legal reviews.

      If you're unsure about whether making a group claim is right for you, it's best to seek some advice. contact us and we'll be able to advise you on the options.


    • How Much Can I Claim?
    • How much compensation you receive for an injury caused by a defective medical product will depend on various factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on many factors, including:

      • Current and future loss of earnings from being unable to return to work
      • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Whether you need modifications to your home
      • Whether you need mobility aids or specialist equipment
      • Your pain and suffering, and the nature of any ongoing problems you have

      For more information, call us on 0800 121 6567 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

Meeting manufacturing specifications is a must for companies producing medical devices, especially those designed to be implanted within the body. People are entitled to expect the highest levels of safety.”

Tim Annett, Partner
Defective Products

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A DePuy ASR Hip Replacement?

The DePuy ASR hip replacement is a metal-on-metal hip implant made by DePuy International Ltd - a division of Johnson & Johnson. There are two types of ASR product: resurfacing implants and total hip replacements (also known as the ASR XL). Resurfacing involves removing less bone than a total hip replacement (THR), and there is no femoral stem used with resurfacing implants unlike THRs.

Originally, the DePuy ASR hip replacement was intended to avoid some of the issues associated with other types of other implant – such as risk of fracture or the breaking of ceramic components. Instead, studies later revealed that the metal-on-metal bearing surfaces used in the DePuy ASR could lead to other, separate issues, including increased failure rates, loosening, and adverse soft tissue reactions.

Recent figures from the UK National Joint Registry put the failure rate of the DePuy ASR just under 30% at 8 years for the resurfacing and nearly 40% at 7 years for the ASR XL. The current benchmark set by NICE for hip replacement implants is that they should work well in at least 95% of patients at 10 years. The high failure rate of the ASR device is has led to a significant number of patients requiring revision surgery much earlier than they'd expected.

If you have experienced any complications after being fitted with a DePuy prosthesis, call us today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online for a free initial consultation on your case. We're here to help.


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What Potential Issues Can Come From A Faulty DePuy ASR Hip Replacement?

We have helped clients who have suffered damage to the soft tissue around the hip joint, causing pain, loss of function, and a reduction in mobility as a result of being fitted with failing DePuy ASR hip replacements. Another common issue is a build-up of fluid or a mass forming around the hip joint- a so-called ‘pseudo-tumour’.

A condition known as ‘ALVAL’ is also associated with damage caused by small pieces of metal that have worn away from the prosthesis and lodged themselves in soft tissue - this can only be diagnosed by microscopic examination of tissue samples taken during surgery. ALVAL may also be accompanied by destruction of the soft tissues around the hip. In some cases the hip may become unstable, creating an increased risk of dislocation, leading to ongoing disability and pain.

Depending on the nature and extent of damage caused, people may need additional surgery that would not otherwise have been required.

If you're not sure whether or not you'll be able to make a claim, it's best to seek advice from the experts. Call us today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free initial consultation about your case.

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Who Can Make A DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Claim?

If you've suffered with any of the issues listed above then you may be able to claim compensation.

You usually have three years from the date that an injury or illness was caused by the product to make your claim. However, claims arising from defective products also have to be brought within 10 years of the product going into circulation, so it’s important to contact us as soon as possible to find out whether you can claim.

You may be able to make a claim on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim on their own also, subject to the 10 year time limit above.

If you'd like help and advice or have experienced an issue surrounding a DePuy ASR hip replacement, call us on 0800 121 6567 or contact us online for a free consultation on your case.

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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.
"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."

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As well as securing compensation and rehabilitation for our clients, we also campaign for improvements in patient safety by supporting Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). This UK charity provides advice and support to people who have suffered because of lapses in patient safety, working in partnership with health professionals, the government and the NHS to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.

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