Columbia Lawyer Receives Client Choice Award in Lawyers Ratings

Clients’ Choice Award Bestowed by Leading Lawyer Review and Ratings FirmTop-rated-lawyer-howard-county-lawyers-ratings

AVVO is a leading lawyers ratings and review firm. It bestowed the Clients’ Choice Award for 2012 on Columbia lawyer, Jonathan Scott Smith. This coveted recognition resulted from average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible


One client had this to say about Mr. Smith: “Mr. Smith is an exceptional attorney. He is very professional, knowledgeable and his attention to detail is unbelievable. He took control of my situation, put me at ease and brought the truth out during my trial. He is very straight forward and honest. You will not find a better attorney anywhere. His staff exhibits the same qualities and helps make a difficult time less stressful.”

Attorney Smith Receives “10.0 Superb” in Lawyers Ratings

Jonathan Scott Smith also has been awarded the highest lawyer rating “10.0 Superb” by AVVO. AVVO considers a wide variety of information in developing a lawyer’s rating, including a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Ratings range from a low of 1.0 to 10.0, the highest rating.

Very few lawyers achieve the highest rating, and it is recognition of Mr. Smith’s extensive litigation experience, successful results, and the opinion of his peers.

Columbia and Ellicott City Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Top-rated-personal-injury-lawyer-columbia-mdFor more than 30 years, Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for injured clients and obtaining successful results. The care we give to each case gets noticed. It’s what sets our firm apart.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Mr. Smith has more than 30 years of courtroom experience in personal injury cases. He is never hesitant to take a case to court if needed to get a good result. He thoroughly investigates each case he handles and is diligent in preparing for court.

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At our office, we are about our clients. We’re here to help you through this difficult time. Put our skill and experience to work on your case. Call 410-740-0101 now, or contact us online, to schedule an appointment.

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in personal injury, auto accidents,truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and negligence, throughout Maryland, including the cities of Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, and Baltimore. Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince George’s (Prince Georges) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuits

DePuy Hip Recall


DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, manufactured and sold its ASR™ XL Acetabular System metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The hip replacement system first became available in 2005. The FDA gave Johnson & Johnson permission to market the device without having performed clinical trials, not knowing that DePuy would recall the hip implants.

The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. Nature’s original joint is replaced with a metal Acetabular cup and a metal femoral head (the top of the leg bone, or femur). This is what is known as a “metal-on-metal” hip replacement system. Most other artificial replacement hips, including ones manufactured by DePuy, are not the metal-on-metal design.

Defects Causing DePuy Recall on Hip Replacement

The ASR™ XL Acetabular System metal-on-metal hip replacement was implanted in thousands of patients throughout the world, including Maryland patients. The hip replacement system resulted in problems in many patients, including component loosening, component malalignment, infection, fracture of the bone, dislocation, metal sensitivity, and pain. The metal-on-metal design also resulted in loose metal fragments, leading to increased metal ion levels in the blood, necrosis, swelling, nerve damage, tissue damage, and/or muscle damage. This would lead to Maryland hip replacement recalls and Maryland hip recall lawsuits.

DePuy Recall after High Failure Rate

The ASR™ XL Acetabular hip replacement system was noted to have a high failure rate. Specifically, one study noted that the five year failure rate was approximately 13% — considerably higher than other hip replacement systems. As a result, many patients were required to undergo “revision” surgery within a short time, where the original implant was removed and replaced. This high failure rate was later followed by recalls on hip implants, including many Maryland hip replacement recalls.

DePuy Hip Recall

On August 24, 2010, DePuy issued a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system. DePuy claimed the hip system was being withdrawn because of slowing sales. This DePuy recall on hip replacements would lead to Maryland recall lawsuits.

DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuits

Hip recall lawsuits have been filed throughout the United States, including Maryland, against DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, requesting compensation arising out of the defective design and failure of the ASR™ XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The hip implant recall lawsuits request compensation for pain and suffering; medical expenses, including the cost of revision surgery and rehabilitation; lost income; and the impact on patient’s spouses.

So many DePuy hip recall lawsuits have been filed that the United States Judicial Panel on MultiDistrict Litigation issued an order consolidating all cases in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for pretrial proceedings.

Maryland DePuy Hip Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one has had the ASR™ XL Acetabular System implanted, and problems have occurred, you may have a right to compensation. You should not contact DePuy or Johnson & Johnson directly. How can you trust a company that initially denied that there was anything wrong with its product, in spite of numerous failed implants and complaints?

Jonathan Scott Smith is a Maryland DePuy hip implant recall lawyer who has handled this type of claim successfully. Call his office now 410-740-0101, or contact the office online.


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