Lawsuit filed against makers of hip replacement device

January 11, 2011 2:41:33 PM PST
Five Chicago area patients are suing the maker of an artificial hip implant device.

The patients accuse DePuy Orthopedics of ignoring evidence the device was flawed and moving too slowly to recall it. Wear and tear within the artificial joint allegedly released dangerous cobalt and chromium ions into the bloodstream.

Arno Rasho's wife is in the hospital now getting her implant device removed.

"She can't walk. She can't do anything. (She's) in deep pain. I have two children. I have to take care of them take care of her," said Rasho.

"It was not until 2010 that Depuy issued a worldwide recall but by that time it was too late to prevent disease. Thousands of patients already had these devices implanted," said Frank Morrissey, attorney.

ABC7 contacted Depuy for a response to the lawsuit-- but the company has not returned our call.