Stuart Talley is the partner responsible for the DePuy ASR litigation. There is an upcoming deadline that may impact your ability to bring a case. The deadline is the statute of limitations. DePuy recalled the ASR hip in August 2010 and this August will be 5 years since the recall. Every state has a statute of limitations, or the time period in which you can file a lawsuit from the date you reasonably suspect you have a claim.
The big issue is, “When should you have reasonably suspected you have a claim?” There are many potential start dates for when the statute of limitations begins to run. The date could be when DePuy recalled the ASR hip approximately five years ago. Another date is when you find out you have the DePuy ASR hip. It may be the date you find out you have elevated cobalt and chromium. Or it may be the date your doctor states you require revision surgery. All these examples are potential start dates for when the statute of limitations starts to run.
If you have a DePuy ASR hip, and you have not undergone revision surgery, it’s important to get a case on file immediately. The sooner you get a case on file the better. If you have a case on file, and your hip is not revised, DePuy allows you to dismiss that case and toll the statute of limitations. Tolling the statute means it does not run (running of the period set forth by a statute of limitations is paused or delayed). So, if you have a case on file, you can dismiss it. And say, hypothetically, you need revision surgery one year from now. You can subsequently refile your case as if it was never dismissed and proceed with your case. If you do not have a case on file, you do not get the benefit of the tolling agreement.
If you have a DePuy ASR hip (unrevised or revised), and you do not have a case on file, feel free to give us a call. Our attorneys are happy to explain this in more detail, and provide an analysis of your state’s law regarding the statute of limitations. We will help protect your rights.