Jury Awards Depuy Hip Implant Victim $8.3 Million
On March 8, 2013, a Los Angeles jury awarded a Johnson & Johnson DePuy Hip Implant victim, Loren Kransky, $8.3 million for his injuries. Kransky’s was the first DePuy hip implant case tried to a jury. There are more than 10,000 similar lawsuits filed nationwide. Analysts predict that Johnson & Johnson may end up having to pay a billion dollars to resolve these claims.
Kransky received his metal hip implant in 2007. He complained about dislocations, constant pain and having to receive follow-up surgeries. After repeated problems with the implant, it was removed in 2012.
Kransky believed DePuy did not properly test the device before marketing it to patients. He also alleged the company hid complaints from surgeons about the hip implant failures. Kransky further alleged that the company even considered redesigning the hip in light of the known problems while it continued to sell the defective hip.
Jurors in Los Angeles found that Depuy was negligent in designing the hip implant. They awarded Kransky $338,136 to cover his medical expenses and $8 million for his pain and emotional suffering.
The Kransky decision could be good news for the other 10,000 plaintiffs as it shows how a jury is likely to evaluate their claims.
If you or someone you love has a defective hip implant, please contact Khorrami, LLP for a private consultation.