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After the DePuy Hip Recall, Signing Agreements with the Company Could Pose Risks

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http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com/ With the DePuy hip recall underway, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has been solidifying its attempts to convince the patients affected by the recall to sign agreements which not only give the company access to their private medical records and force the return of the defective implant after surgical removal, but also give patients insufficient reimbursements for damages caused by their implant. Patients should be aware of the dangers of signing any agreements with the company before consulting with a lawyer about their legal options. Recently, Johnson & Johnson is still under fire with lawsuits filed against it over other untested products.

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After the DePuy Hip Recall, Signing Agreements with the Company Could Pose Risks

  1. 1. As Published on the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Website
  2. 2. With the DePuy hip recall underway, the Johnson &Johnson subsidiary has been solidifying its attemptsto convince the patients affected by the recall tosign agreements which not only give the companyaccess to their private medical records and forcethe return of the defective implant after surgicalremoval, but also give patients insufficientreimbursements for damages caused by theirimplant. Patients should be aware of the dangersof signing any agreements with the company beforeconsulting with a lawyer about their legal options.Recently, Johnson & Johnson is still under fire withlawsuits filed against it over other untestedproducts.
  3. 3. DePuy has already initiated contact with patients whoreceived defective implants, offering themreimbursements for any losses incurred due to theseproducts. However, the company utilizes vague andambiguous terms in their agreements, claiming thatit will reimburse “certain out-of-pocket expenses” inexchange for “simply” signing medical releases thatgive DePuy access to private medical records andforce the patient to return the defective implant aftercorrective surgery. The sobering truth is that DePuywill only cover “limited and reasonable” costs. Thesecosts, of course, are determined by the companyitself and will more than likely be equivalent to anunfair sum.
  4. 4. Patients should know that thiswill mean signing over theirright to privacy and otherimportant legal rights inexchange for inadequatefinancial compensation. Afterthe patient signs anagreement with a potentialdefendant like DePuy, itbecomes extremely difficult tofile any future cases againstthe company for properreparative damages.
  5. 5. DePuy may confront patients with reimbursementagreements directly through a company employee orindirectly through a licensed physician. By the request ofthe company, doctors may present their patients affectedby the hip recall with paperwork regardingreimbursements which is a practice that is ethicallyquestionable. This practice has been challenged in lightof the fact that most patients are more likely to sign overtheir legal rights especially if the paperwork comes froma trusted physician. In any situation, patients need tocontact an experienced attorney handling these types ofcases before signing any reimbursement agreements thatis presented to them.
  6. 6. Patients may already haveaccumulated additional expensesdue to a defective implant fromnecessary medical tests, sufferedphysical and emotion pain andreduced mobility, or neededcorrective surgery of the originalimplant. These patients may havesuffered damages or maypotentially be at risk for sufferingthese types of damages due tothe hip recall. It is imperative thatall patients are aware of theconsequences of signing anagreement associated with theDePuy hip replacement recall.

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