New York, New York (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits continue to move forward in the multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a Special Masters Report issued by the court on January 16th, the parties have agreed on a protocol for the selection of cases for the DePuy Pinnacle litigation’s first bellwether trials. The report sets forth a process by which attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense will ultimately recommend four cases for early trial dates. That recommendation is to be presented to the Court by September 3, 2013. According to court documents, the first trials in the Pinnacle litigation are expected to begin in September 2014. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244)*
“Bellwether trials will help predict how juries might rule in similar Pinnacle lawsuits. We are pleased to see this litigation proceeding towards its first trials,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients allegedly injured as a result of metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip systems. Firm partner Jeffrey S. Grand serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits
Court records indicate that more than 3,000 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits are pending in the federal litigation in Texas. All of the complaints involve a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System that utilizes the metal Ultamet liner. Plaintiffs allege the all-metal device can wear and shed dangerous amounts of metal debris, leading to implant failure, metallosis and other debilitating complications.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) proposed an order requiring manufacturers of metal-on-metal total hip replacement systems to submit premarket approval (PMA) applications. This would make the devices ineligible for 510(K) clearance, which allowed such implants to come to market with no human testing. The agency has also recommended that doctors consider metal ion testing for all-metal hip replacement patients who are experiencing symptoms of a failing implant, including pain, swelling, loosening of the implant, or change in the ability to walk.**
Victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries may file lawsuits against the devices’ manufacturers to seek compensation for their injuries. In addition to the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant, the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing lawsuits on behalf of people allegedly injured by the DePuy ASR hip implant. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is also closely following developments in the July 2012 Stryker Rejuvenate recall and June 2012 Smith & Nephew metal liner recall. The firm also continues to investigate cases concerning the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant, as well as Wright Profemur and Conserve metal hip implants.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone injured as a result of a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant or other metal-on-metal hip replacement device. Individuals who have experienced failure of their implant, metallosis, pain, or revision surgery may be entitled to compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. A wealth of information about DePuy Pinnacle complications, as well as the issues surrounding metal-on-metal hip implants in general is available at Bernstein Liebhard’s website. For additional information, please call one of our attorneys at 1-877-779-1414 today.
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