Many of us are very grateful about the different advancements in technology that has been made these days. Who wouldn’t be? There are a lot of medical equipments that are made to make our lives easier and more comfortable, and even fix bodily problems that causes us trouble. However, there are some cases when these modern devices that was supposed to bring comfort serves as the deliverer of trouble and pain of the patients, like what happened in the controversial depuy hip recall.
You have probably heard of this very unfortunate recall of two of hip replacement devices manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc, a subsidiary of the Johnsons and Johnson Company, since this is one of the largest medical devices recall, affecting about 93,000 individuals all over the globe. The company decided to voluntarily recall its products because of the reports that show the products’ high failure rate.
You may be wondering, “So what happened to products already implanted inside the body of the patients?”
Patients who have been implanted by the device are advised to immediately contact their doctors to check whether the device implanted on them is working properly. There are some unfortunate patients who have already experienced pain and suffering because of the device, complaining of pain and swelling in the groin area, as well as difficulty in walking and standing from a seated position. However, there are more unfortunate cases where the patient needs to undergo a revision surgery, where the existing device inside her body would be removed and replaced with a better device.
Being part of the DePuy hip recall is too much of a problem for anyone. Aside from the financial burden that comes from regular doctor consultation, medications and revision surgery, patients have also experienced a bunch of emotional, physical and even social stress.
Because of this, a lot of patients have decided to seek help from a hip replacement lawyer to go after their rights that has been stepped on because of the recall. Some patients have resorted into filing DePuy hip recall class action to be able to get the proper compensation that they deserve from the company that caused them all the stress and trouble.
If you are part of the recall, or happen to know someone who is, you may want to consider following the footsteps of some of the patients who took the fight to the court. But you must know that you don’t have all the time on the world to decide, because all complaints must be filed before the deadline on August 2012.