Local patients in line for settlements in faulty hip replacement lawsuit

CHAMPAIGN — Hundreds of Champaign-Urbana patients who underwent faulty hip replacement surgeries stand to receive part of a $2.5 billion lawsuit settlement.

The agreement, announced in a case in federal court in Toledo, late Tuesday, is a first-round settlement that will resolve about 8,000 of the 12,000 pending cases nationally for patients who received the metal ball-and-socket ASR Hip System made by DePuy Orthpaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson.

Urbana attorney Ryan Bradley said his law firm represents more than 50 of the defective hip lawsuit clients, and there are more than 200 patients in the area who underwent hip replacement surgery with the ASR Hip system.

The average settlement per client will be over $200,000, but settlement offers will depend on each plaintiff's individual condition, said Bradley, a partner with Phebus & Koester.

"It's important to note that to take the settlement or to proceed on to trial is up to the individual client on a case by case basis," he said.

Bradley said his law firm began sending letters to clients about the settlement Thursday, and expects to receive individual settlement offers for clients from Johnson & Johnson in the upcoming weeks.

The majority of payments related to the settlement will be made in 2014, the company said.

DuPuy issued a voluntary recall of the ASR Hip System in August 2010.

The hip system was used widely in the local area at Carle and other medical providers.

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enoughalready wrote on November 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

It would be interesting to know how much the local law firm received as part of the settlement.  Not necessarily to criticize, just to add more relevant facts to the story.

Sid Saltfork wrote on November 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Justice does not come cheap.