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Surgeon negligence in Maryland Hip Replacement suit

Hip Replacement Suit Revived in Maryland

July 24, 2017
An appeals court in Maryland has revived a lawsuit concerning a botched hip replacement surgery, stating that questions remained about the potential negligence of the surgeon who performed the operation.

The suit, filed by Deborah Sigethy, alleges that Dr. Bryan Klepper had misplaced a component of the artificial hip that she received in a surgical operation in 2010. The improperly implanted part resulted, Sigethy alleges, in pain and a need for further surgeries.

Sigethy learned from another doctor that she required additional surgeries, and the appeals court ruled that she may not have been aware that those additional surgeries were required because of the device. It is reasonable, the court opined, that Sigethy believed that the additional pain was due to complications involved her own body, not necessarily to any errors committed by Dr. Klepper.

Sigethy had been subject to a three-year window in which she was entitled to file a lawsuit about the improperly implanted device. She argued that the window should have opened only on January 7, 2011, when her insurer first notified her about the recall of a component of the hip replacement that she had.

The “acetabular cap” on Sigethy’s hip replacement – the piece that replaces the top of the ball joint on the femur – was the part under recall.

If you’ve suffered from complications after hip replacement surgery, or have been surgically implanted with a defective hip replacement, contact right away. We are experts in hip replacement cases, and we can help you.

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Ethically Challenged Ethicon

No company has done less to earn the name “Ethicon” than Ethicon. We’re willing to wager that Ethicon is one of the most unethical pharmaceutical companies around – and that’s saying something.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh was an inferior, dangerous product. That’s why the agency strongly encouraged Ethicon to recall the Physiomesh in 2016.

Even though Ethicon did recall the Physiomesh, the company won’t admit it. Johnson & Johnson calls the recall a “voluntary withdrawal.”

The attorneys at call that “a load of hogwash.”

The problems with the Ethicon Physiomesh can be traced back to the problems with its design. In fact, the things that make the Ethicon Physiomesh stand out in a medical marketplace crowded with hernia mesh products are not its benefits, but its flaws.

All hernia mesh devices are made of polypropylene, a strong, lightweight plastic with a million and one uses. But polypropylene, even when sterilized, has been shown in countless clinical trials to decay when implanted in the human body. When it decays, it can cause infection. It can even cause severe bleeding and trauma in internal organs.

Nevertheless, the manufacturers of the Ethicon Physiomesh decided to compromise its quality by using an especially lightweight polypropylene.

So Johnson & Johnson made an unsafe product even less safe. Not only is it more prone to decaying, but the Physiomesh can easily rip. The sole purpose of a hernia mesh is to keep internal tissues in place. A ripped hernia mesh is utterly useless. More than that, it’s dangerous.

Kind of makes you wonder why any doctor or surgeon would recommend the use of the Ethicon Physiomesh.

And that’s why it’s important to remember that your doctors are as much as victim of Johnson & Johnson’s greed as you are. Your doctors and surgeons were on the receiving end of countless sales pitches – both high-pressure and subtle – from Johnson & Johnson. Whether they knew it or not, they were coerced by Johnson & Johnson to recommend the Physiomesh.

And now you’re paying the price.

Which is exactly why it’s time to even out the balance sheet. The time to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson is now. And the expert lawyers at are the ones you want by your side.

We specialize in cases about the Ethicon Physiomesh. We know how to try them, and we know how to win them.

If you’ve experienced health problems as a result of the surgical implantation of the Ethicon Physiomesh, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact to learn how we can help you.

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