CHICAGO – A patient alleges medical devices used in a hip replacement failed and resulted in high concentrations of metallic elements in his body.
Jeffrey Lucas filed a complaint on Dec. 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.; physician Thomas P. Schmalzried; and Premier Orthopaedic Sales Inc. alleging strict products liability, negligence and other counts.
According to the complaint, DePuy ASR medical devices were implanted into plaintiff on April 6, 2009, as part of a hip replacement. He alleges he later learned the devices were failing and he needed another hip prosthesis.
The plaintiff alleges he later discovered he had high concentrations of various metallic elements in his blood as a result of the failing devices.
The plaintiff alleges DePuy's device was not reasonably safe as intended to be used and had an inadequate design for the purposes of hip replacement.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the court, plus interest and costs of action. He is represented by Peter J. Flowers of Meyers & Flowers LLC in Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-L-13928