The Attorneys at Egerton Law Answer Their Clients’ Most Frequently Asked Questions

Many of our North Carolina clients and prospective clients have similar questions. We provide helpful information by answering these common FAQs about personal injury accidents, workers' compensation claims, and Social Security Disability claims. If you have any questions about your case, call 1-800-800-4LAW to speak directly with an experienced NC injury lawyer.

 

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  • What is the scandal about?

    The government regulates the amount and type of emissions vehicles may produce, with the purpose of protecting the environment. To enforce these regulations the government inspects motor vehicles and determines if they are safe to be driven and sold in the United States.  Volkswagen intentionally and voluntarily installed a "defeat device" to cheat the inspection process and be able to sell diesel fuel vehicles that did not comply with the emissions regulations.  The "defeat device" allowed Volkswagen to produce and make these vehicles at a lower cost, while charging a premium price over their gasoline fuel models.

    Volkswagen knew that the "defeat device" made the vehicles non-compliant with the law but still advertised and marketed the vehicles to the consumers.  The vehicles were marketed and advertised as eco-friendly, clean diesel cars when in reality they were emitting illegally high emissions of noxious gasses into the air.  Volkswagen concealed the existence of the "defeat device" and the extent of the pollution produced by each vehicle from the consumers, who believes they were driving an environmentally friendly vehicle.  

    Volkswagen has admitted to installing the "defeat device" for the purpose of cheating the emission testing and concealing its existence.The company has taken "full responsibility" for their actions.  

  • Are class action lawsuits a good thing?

    Class action litigation is one of the most widely talked about topics in the law.  The power of class action lawsuits allow ordinary people to stand up and challenge the largest companies in the world.  They have forced industries to clean up widespread pollution, recall dangerous products, and return billions of dollars illegally taken from the public.

  • What can a lawyer do for me?

    A large number of attorneys and personal injury lawyers have launched an investigation into hip replacement products. The power of class action lawsuits allows ordinary people to stand up and challenge the largest companies in the world. They have forced industries to clean up widespread pollution, recall dangerous products, and return billions of dollars illegally taken from the public.

  • Did the people at Johnson Johnson or DePuy Orthopaedics know that there were problems with the hip implants?

    The recall comes more than two years after the Food & Drug Administration began receiving complaints and follows a determination that the failure rate for both DePuy ASR acetabular cups was more than 12%. The actions follow extensive reports of hip replacement pain and failures from the defective products and ask for medical and orthopaedic surgeons to monitor their patients more closely.

  • Will the doctors who performed the hip operations be sued?

    Based on current information, no physicians will be sued.

  • Did DePuy know that there were problems with the hip implants?

    The recall comes more than two years after the Food & Drug Administration began receiving complaints and follows a determination that the failure rate for both ASR acetabular cups was more than 12%. The actions follow extensive reports of hip replacement pain and failures from the defective products and ask for medical and orthopaedic surgeons to monitor their patients more closely.

  • Q: When should revision surgery be considered?

    A: If imaging reveals soft tissue reactions, fluid collections or tissue masses, you may want to consider a revision surgery.  Only your orthopaedic surgeon can determine whether you are a candidate for revision surgery.

  • Q: What are the signs of hip implant failure?

    A: Symptoms of a failed hip implant may included swelling, pain and trouble walking, which may be indications of a loose implant, a fracture of the bone surrounding the implant, or a dislocation of the joint.  Only your orthopaedic surgeon can diagnose a failed ASR hip implant.

  • Q: Do DePuy hip implants cause metal filings to enter the bloodstream?

    A: Yes. The design of the DePuy ASR hip replacement devices is such that metal makes direct contact with metal in the implant.

  • Q: What problems are created by metal particles from the implants?

    A: Cobalt and chromium in the implants can enter the bloodstream and ion levels elevated higher than 7 parts per billion (ppb) require close medical surveillance.  Over time the filings created by wear can trigger painful inflammation and cause damage to tissue and muscle in the vicinity of the implant.