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Six students treated after school bus crash

If special licensing and training is any indication, drivers who operate commercial and mass transit vehicles are held to a high standard of care.

That duty may be called into question regarding a recent school bus crash. The bus, part of the fleet for the Houston Independent School District, apparently collided with a pickup truck while heading northbound on Highway 288 near the South 610 Loop on a recent morning. It was carrying student passengers on their way to school.

DePuy ASR XL Acetabular™ Hip Replacement Recall: A Terrible Problem that You Don't Have to Face Alone

In late August, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced a recall of its ASR XL AcetabularTM metal on metal hip replacement system. Surgeons began using the ASR XL AcetabularTM hip replacement system in the United States in 2005. Since then, tens of thousands of patients have received DePuy hip replacements that studies show are dangerous and defective. The five-year failure rate of the ASR XL AcetabularTM hip replacement system is roughly 13%, or 1 in 8 patients.

What You Need to Know About the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Artificial Hip Recall

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system on August 24, 2010. The recall came after recent studies showed that the five-year failure rate of this product is approximately 13%, or 1 in 8 patients. DePuy said that its artificial hip system had problems with components loosening and component misalignment. This caused patients to have infections, bone fracturing, hip dislocation, and pain. The studies also showed that the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system also increased metal ion levels in the blood in some patients. Other problems it might cause included bone staining, necrosis (tissue death), swelling, nerve damage, and muscle damage. How do you know if you are affected by this recall? The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System was first used in the United States in 2005. If you, a loved one, or someone you know had a hip replacement surgery during or after 2005, you might have one of the recalled artificial hips. Most people do not know what type of artificial joint their surgeon used. To find out if this recall affects you, the first thing you need to do is contact your doctor or surgeon to discover what type of replacement was used. Be sure to ask your doctor about running blood tests to measure the level of metal ions in your blood. These levels may be high even if you have not yet experienced any symptoms. Once you know that you received a DePuy artificial hip, you should contact a lawyer in order to best protect your legal rights. A DePuy hip recall lawyer can help you get justice for the damage caused by the DePuy artificial hip recall and represent you in a DePuy hip recall lawsuit. The law firm of Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C. has been representing people injured by dangerous and defective products for over 30 years. We specialize in products liability lawsuits. From our offices in Waco, Texas, we fight for justice for clients all over the United States, from Maine to California. We specialize in pursuing the manufacturers of dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices. We also handle car wreck lawsuits, trucking accident lawsuits, and serious injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Contact us today so that we can help you recover and rebuild. 

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