Tennessee residents and people all across the country have all heard news about Depuy Hip replacement recall from the Johnson and Johnson Company. Many people know about the effects it can have or the need for more surgery to replace the defective Depuy hips. However, many people may not know that according to recent reports, it was discovered that Johnson and Johnson paid more than $80 million to surgeons so that they would promote the these hip replacements. If you or someone you care about is suffering due to a defective Depuy hip replacement, you should speak with a Tennessee defective product lawyer right away. They will help make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the suffering you have been through.
According to a recent health report, it was discovered that Johnson and Johnson paid more than $80 million to physicians across the country so they would promote, research, and consult about the defective hip replacements. The U.S. Department of Justice sought charges against medical device companies including the Depuy Company in 2007 alleging that the companies were using bribes in order to promote their products. The charges were dropped after the companies agreed to pay fines and only pay physicians for valid consulting.
The Depuy Company’s alleged payouts however, still continued. Disclosures from the company reveal that Depuy paid almost $48 million to physicians in 2009 and $33 million in September 2010. Also, some doctors were paid more than a million this year, even though 93,000 Depuy hip replacements were recalled.
Other sources show that Johnson and Johnson and the Depuy Company had knowledge of hip replacement defects but did not correct these problems or warn any patients. Symptoms of a problem with a hip replacement may include:
• Severe or long lasting pain around the hip replacement area • Inflammation • Lose hip implant • Broken bone or fracture around the hip replacement area • Severe risk of cancer due to mental parts causing contamination to the tissue around the hip replacement area
It is unfortunate that this Depuy hip recall took place and that the Johnson and Johnson company failed to warn people about these risks and defective products. If you or someone you know has experienced these symptoms and recently had a hip replacement, it is highly recommended that you contact your doctor to see if you were given a Depuy hip replacement. If so, we advise you to contact one of our compassionate and experienced Tennessee defective product attorneys immediately. We will work with you and make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to for the suffering this has caused you.
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