Johnson & Johnson is in the news again, this time for their DePuy (pron. de-pew) Orthopedics unit which makes hip implant replacements. The DePuy Division president David Floyd issued this statement:
“We regret that this recall will be concerning for patients, their family members and surgeons. We are committed to assisting patients and health care providers by providing information through multiple channels and paying for the cost of doctor visits, tests and procedures associated with the recall.”
Some of you will recall the problems Sulzer had a few years back with their hip and knee replacement products. They switched manufacturing processes to cut costs and the result was a thin film being left on the parts which prevented the bone and tissue in the body from properly attaching. Post-surgery patients had very painful experiences as their new replacement parts slid around and didn’t firm up properly causing them to have to go through a second painful surgery experience to fix the problem.
It is unknown if DePuy hip replacements are having the same issue but there is a 12-13% failure rate and with about 93,000 implants performed that is a lot of people looking for relief, and potentially more unreported cases to surface.
If you know someone who has had a hip replacement, ask them if they are having any issues with it. Common side effects include:
• Unexplained hip pain
• Thigh pain or groin pain
• Pain when walking
• Pain rising from a seated position
• Hip pain when bearing weight
• Pain to the opposite hip or femur (due to the compensation to the failed hip replacement)
• Crunching sound during hip movement
For more information on this subject, please visit our practice area page for DePuy hip replacement recall lawsuit. For other questions where you may need a medical negligence attorney, please visit our FAQ page.
Over 2 million baby cribs with drop down sides are being recalled after 16 entrapments have occurred with babies. No deaths are being reported at this time.
If you are the owner of one of these cribs, contact the manufacturer immediately to see if they have a repair kit to immobilize the drop down side, or other instructions for you.
- 750,000 Jenny Lind drop-side cribs distributed by Evenflo Inc.
- 747,000 Delta drop-side cribs. Delta is also urging parents to check all fixed and drop-side cribs that use wooden stabilizer bars to support the mattress. The company says the bars can be installed upside down, causing the mattress platform to collapse. CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said Delta “was not cooperative with providing the full number of units involved in the mattress support assembly problem.”
- 306,000 Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI drop-side cribs manufactured by LaJobi Inc.
- 130,000 Jardine drop-side cribs imported by Toys R Us.
- 156,000 Million Dollar Baby drop-side cribs.
- 50,000 Simmons drop-side cribs.
- 40,000 to 50,000 Child Craft brand stationary-side cribs and an unknown number of Child Craft brand drop-sides. Child Craft ceased operations last summer and sold its name to Foundations Worldwide Inc., which did not manufacture or sell any of the recalled cribs but will offer rebates for some of them.
If you have had a friend or member of your family hurt by a crib or other dangerous product, we hope you will give us a call and let us try to help you with your situation.
If you or someone you know has purchased one of the 12 million collectible Shrek glasses at a McDonalds restaurant, McDonald’s is asking that you return the glass immediately for a full refund. They have discovered the glasses contain cadmium which has been shown to have injurious health effects. A few months ago certain retailers including Walmart issued a recall over jewelry containing cadmium which we reported on as well. McDonald’s has said the levels of cadmium are far less than that in the recalled jewelry, but it still warrants a recall to protect people from the long-term exposure to a material known to cause kidney and other health issues.
Some individuals are saying McDonalds will take a hit for selling an unsafe product to the public, but mistakes do happen and it is comforting to see that McDonalds is doing the right thing in recalling the glasses immediately after discovering the issue. The true problems occur when there are cover-ups and deceptive practices to benefit the bottom line while causing widespread problems for people such as in cases like fen phen and other dangerous drugs.
When you or someone you know needs a Utah product liability attorney, we hope you will turn to Craig Swapp & Associates.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled all cribs with tubular metal mattress support frames. You should contact the store where you purchased the crib for information regarding a refund, replacement, or store credit.
The problem with these cribs was in the way the frame can bend or even break away, creating a space for an infant to become entrapped in or wedged. There has been at least 1 death of an infant and several injuries.
The CPSC also reminds parents to never use a crib with a missing or broken part. Infants and toddlers have died in cribs with makeshift repairs.
If you need a Salt Lake City product liability lawyer to handle your injury case, contact us today. Craig Swapp & Associates is licensed in most Western states and has offices in SLC, UT, Spokane, WA, and Boise, ID.