It’s no secret that the DePuy recall damaged the company’s image and caused those thinking about undergoing artificial joint replacement procedures to reconsider their options. News of DePuy hip replacement lawsuits certainly cannot have helped. To ease the public relations disaster that the recall has spawned, DePuy has turned to its former recipients to, in its opinion, educate the public on the benefits of artificial joint replacement. Its first endeavor was a moving exhibit called, “Anatomy of Movement Experience,” which showcased among other recipients, Jane Kaczmarek, the actress known for playing the mother on the television show Malcolm in the Middle. Now, DePuy has hired Ellyn Spragins, a writer who specializes in helping celebrities write letters to their younger selves, to write a similar joint replacement booklet for DePuy. It is titled Had I Known Then.
There’s nothing unethical about businesses using personal testimonies to sell their products. Indeed, some people might benefit from purchasing their products. One thing, however, that Had I Known Then does not discuss is the specific implants the letter-writers received, which is something that people curious about artificial joint replacement procedures might want to know about. Naturally, Had I Known Then does not discuss metal-on-metal hip replacements generally and the DePuy ASR recall specifically. It’s one thing for celebrities to endorse a procedure that helped them; it’s another if they don’t discuss which product they received.
Former DePuy Spokesperson’s Experience Differs
Those wanting a different perspective on the outcomes of artificial joint replacement might want to know about a former DePuy spokesperson whose experience is much more in-line with those who suffered the pain, joint failure, and metal poisoning allegedly caused by the ASR. Penny Johnson, who was 51 in October 2011, was a gymnast who received an ASR device. She even encouraged other people to undergo hip replacement procedures herself and became a Depuy spokesperson. Then the symptoms emerged: pain; a “clunking sensation”; and an inability to stand or walk. By the time she joined a class action hip replacement lawsuit in Britain, she told the Daily Mail she described herself as, “a shadow of my former self.”
RLG Represents ASR Recipients
If you or a loved one received a recalled DePuy ASR device, and you believe it caused an injury, it’s important to know that DePuy will only describe the procedures used to implant its products in the best of light. The pain you experience is real, and it might be a problem. However, accepting DePuy’s offer for reimbursement is risky because the amount of compensation from a hip replacement lawsuit might be greater. Click on this link or call 1-877-312-3274 and a lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group will call you immediately to give you a free, confidential consultation.