HOUSTON, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Charlotte Mustard and her
husband, Jeremy, filed suit today against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.,
DePuy Inc., DePuy International, Ltd., Johnson & Johnson, Inc.,
Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson
International, Inc., seeking compensation for injuries caused by
the failure of Mrs. Mustard’s DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System.
John David Hart of the Law Offices of John David Hart in Fort
Worth, Texas, is the attorney representing Charlotte and Jeremy
Mustard in the lawsuit filed in the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Ohio – Western District.
DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson,
Inc., recalled its ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Systems on
August 24, 2010. The DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the
DePuy ASR Acetabular System were included in the recall.
DePuy identified reasons for the failure of the devices as
component loosening, malalignment, infection, fracture of the bone,
dislocation, metal sensitivity and pain. The DePuy ASR
devices have also been associated with increased metal ion levels
in the blood. Recent information published by the British
Orthopaedic Association indicates that failure rates for the ASR
devices may be as high as 49% at six years.
In January 2008, at the age of 39, Mrs. Mustard underwent hip
replacement surgery to have a DePuy ASR Resurfacing System
implanted in her left hip. At the time of her surgery, Mrs.
Mustard resided in the United Kingdom. The DePuy ASR Hip
Resurfacing System was approved for sale in the United Kingdom but
was not approved by the FDA for sale in the United States. A
similar DePuy implant, the ASR Acetabular System was widely used in
the United States.
Mrs. Mustard required surgery at a young age because she
suffered from osteoarthritis from years of competitive swimming.
Mrs. Mustard swam for the Great Britain Swi