Saturday, March 23, 2013

Compensation hopes for Oz faulty hip implant victims


Medical giant Johnson & Johnson is under mounting pressure to settle a class action launched against it by 4500 Australians who were fitted with the company's infamous metal-on-metal hip replacements, after a US victim was awarded $8.3 million.

Lawyers representing the Australians fitted with the articular surface replacement (ASR) hip implants will return to court this week buoyed by the US case - which also revealed that Johnson & Johnson executives were told the implants were faulty but did not act.

Fairfax Media understands the Australian legal team may ask the Federal Court on Wednesday to order Johnson & Johnson, and the designer of the implants, DePuy International, to attend a week of mediation in May in a bid to work out a settlement.

The ASR hips, implanted in more than 90,000 people across the world, began causing problems within six months of the first operations in the mid-2000s.

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