Possible August 2013 Deadline Ahead for North Carolina DePuy ASR Hip Recall Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawyer Ben Cochran Says

Possible August 2013 Deadline Ahead for North Carolina DePuy ASR Hip Recall Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawyer Ben Cochran Says











Ben Cochran


Raleigh, N.C. (PRWEB) August 17, 2013

North Carolina product liability attorney Ben Cochran today warned patients who received the recalled DePuy ASR XL Acetubular Hip System to pay attention to what could be a deadline for taking legal action against the metal-on-metal hip implant’s manufacturer.

According to Cochran, North Carolina law provides a three-year statute of limitations for bringing a personal injury claim based on an alleged product defect. In other words, a party alleging injury and loss due to the product defect must file a lawsuit within three years after the injury occurred or when a person would have reasonably known about the injury.

For those in North Carolina who believe they may have suffered harm from a DePuy ASR all-metal hip implant, according to Cochran, the three-year statute of limitations could possibly be interpreted as ending on August 23, 2013, or three years from August 24, 2010 – the date on which DePuy announced a voluntary recall of the medical device.

“Every situation is different,” Cochran said. “For patients who received this recalled hip implant, what is important is that they contact an attorney who can fully evaluate their situation, including calculating the time period in which they can bring a claim.

“If a person doesn’t act within the time period that applies to their claim, they could lose their right to seek compensation,” he added.

According to information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), last updated in January 2013, the concern about metal-on-metal hip implants such as the DePuy ASR XL Acetubular Hip System is that tiny metal particles can wear off the devices where the metal ball and metal cup slide against each other.

Over time, the metal particles can damage the bone or tissue surrounding the implant and joint, which can lead to pain, loosening of the implant, failure of the device and the need for “revision surgery,” or the replacement of the implant with a new one.

Cochran said his firm currently is working with DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant patients and their families and offering free initial consultations to those who believe they have been impacted by the recalled product.

About Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law

Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law, is a North Carolina personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law firm with offices in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Dunn, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington. The firm’s practice areas include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, dog bites, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, nursing home abuse and negligence and traffic violations. For more information, call the firm toll-free at (800) 434-8399 or use the firm’s online contact form.
























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Sales of pet scanners soar at Easy Animal ahead of announcement that all dogs will be microchipped

Sales of pet scanners soar at Easy Animal ahead of announcement that all dogs will be microchipped










(PRWEB UK) 23 April 2012

Pet retailer Easy Animal have seen a marked increase in the number of microchip pet scanners ahead of the proposed new legislation to microchip all dogs.The government is set to announce next week that all dogs are to be compulsory microchipped. After a few years of campaigning with little success the RSPCA and police will finally get their way so that all puppies born will be microchipped by law and all dog owners will have to face a £15-30 charge.

This new legislation is being introduced to try to crackdown on the rise of incidents with dangerous dogs where dogs are being bred purely to intimidate or attack by irresponsible owners. Under the scheme each new dog will be injected under the skin of a dog between the shoulder blades with a microchip which is the size of a grain of rice. This then can be scanned by a microchip reader to reveal the unique code and this can then identify the owners address details.

Neil Parish MP, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on animal welfare has concerns he said: “If we’re not careful we’re going to make things more difficult for legitimate dog owners, and not solve the real problem of dangerous dogs. We have got to find the dogs who are being bred illegally by people who mix breeds to create potentially vicious dogs.”

Hopefully this new plan for compulsory microchipping of dogs will lead to safer streets and communities as people will feel safer in the long term. At present it is difficult to see how this new legislation will be policed as certain sectors of the community will be reluctant to comply.

Whilst it may not track down the minority of dog owners who have alternative objectives, microchipping will certainly benefit the vets, rescue centres and the RSPCA who struggle on a daily basis to identify dogs during their normal practise.

Sophie Berrisford of Easy Animal says, ‘ We have seen a steady growth in the sales of microchip scanners and this new legislation will lead to a huge surge in the sale of these units so that police forces, district councils, veterinarians, rescue centres and dog organisations will need to invest.’























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