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DePuy ASR Lawsuit Settlement Update: Rottenstein Law Group LLP Comments on Report of Proposed Additional Compensation
Date:12/3/2013

(PRWEB) December 03, 2013

On top of a multibillion dollar DePuy ASR settlement, Johnson & Johnson could pay an additional $1 billion in patients’ medical expenses related to the company’s recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which represents clients in ASR lawsuits and maintains the website ASR informational website http://www.hiprecallnewscenter.com, explains what it means for those considering an agreement to settle.

The additional funds set aside would cover insurers’ medical costs associated with revision surgery (i.e., surgeries required to replace an ASR hip implant), according to a Nov. 27 Bloomberg report.* The exact amount is unknown, the article said, but would likely be somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion.

“In order to qualify for a DePuy settlement, a patient must meet a very specific set of criteria. There is an even stricter set of criteria to qualify for the additional funds,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “Settlements can be satisfactory for a plaintiff; nevertheless, before proceeding with any agreement it is important that a hip patient discuss his or her options with an attorney.”

Johnson & Johnson agreed to the multibillion dollar DePuy ASR settlement last month as a way to resolve a majority of the ASR lawsuits pending, according to a Nov. 20 New York Times report.** There are about 12,000 DePuy ASR hip lawsuits pending in federal and state courts, about 8,000 of which were brought by plaintiffs who underwent revision surgery, according to the Times. There are about 4,000 lawsuits remaining that involve plaintiffs who allege they suffered from adverse side effects such as metal poisoning (a/k/a “metallosis.”) Those individuals—and even those who have had revision surgery—are still eligible t
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