Parker Waichman LLP Files Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit on Behalf of Alabama Women Who Suffered Multiple Dislocations Allegedly Due to DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant

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Complaint Alleges the Metal-on-Metal Version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Suffers from Defects Similar to those which Resulted in the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Recall in August 2010

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Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of victims of defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Alabama woman who allegedly suffered severe injuries after receiving a metal-on-metal Pinnacle Hip Implant device for total hip replacement in February, 2006. The lawsuit, which names DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, its parent company, as Defendants, was filed on May 10, 2012, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, where hundreds of similar lawsuits are currently consolidated in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244 (Case 3:12-cv-01458-N).

According to the complaint, the Plaintiff, a resident of Morgan County, Alabama, received a metal-on-metal version of DePuy’s Pinnacle Hip Implant System on her left side on February 16, 2009. The Plaintiff subsequently suffered from pain and multiple dislocations, allegedly due to her DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement device.

According to the lawsuit, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 1,300 adverse reports regarding problems associated with or attributed to the Pinnacle Device. The complaint alleges that implantation of the Pinnacle Device results in the systemic release of high levels of toxic metal cobalt-chromium ions into every hip implant patient’s tissue and bloodstream. The particles then accumulate in the patient’s tissue surrounding the implant, giving rise to metallosis, pseudotumors, or other conditions, and cause severe pain and discomfort, death of surrounding tissue and bone loss, and a lack of mobility.

The lawsuit further states that the problems associated with the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant are similar to the issues that gave rise to the Defendants’ recall of the ASR Hip Implant device. Like the Pinnacle Device, the ASR is also prone to early failure, and causes metallosis and cobalt toxicity resulting in serious health problems and the need for subsequent revision surgery. As a result, in August 2010, Defendants, in acknowledging the high failure rate of the ASR, recalled more than 93,000 ASRs worldwide, according to the complaint.

Metal-on-metal hip replacement products, including DePuy's ASR devices and the all-metal version the Pinnacle hip implant system, are currently the subject of a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) safety review. In April, the agency announced that its Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel will meet on June 27 and 28 to discuss the risks and benefits of metal-on-metal hip systems, and make potential patient and practitioner recommendations for their use. [fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm]

In March, a large study published in The Lancet showed that there is a 6.2 percent chance patients with all-metal hips will need a replacement within five years, prompting the study authors to call for an end to their use. The month prior, a report in the British Medical Journal warned that hundreds of thousands of people around the world may have been exposed to dangerously high levels of toxic and potentially cancer-causing metals from failing metal-on-metal hip implants. [thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960353-5/fulltext; bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e1410]

Most recently, a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty linked corrosion of the head taper junction in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip implants with adverse local tissue reactions. [arthroplastyjournal.org/article/S0883-5403%2812%2900175-1/abstract]

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of metal-on-metal hip implant complications, including DePuy Pinnacle hip implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced premature failure of your implant or other health problems associated with a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant or other metal-on-metal hip replacement device, please contact their office by visiting the firm's DePuy Pinnacle hip implant injury page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

For more information regarding defective metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
(800) LAW-INFO
(800) 529-4636
http://www.yourlawyer.com

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