New York, New York (PRWEB) January 27, 2014
Thousands of DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/) involving a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System continue to move forward in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order issued on January 23, 2014, the Court will convene a conference on March 4, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., CST. At that time, preparations for the proceeding’s bellwether trials, as well as any outstanding discovery issues, will be discussed. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
“We are representing numerous clients in DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits who have allegedly sustained serious and debilitating injuries due to an all-metal version of this hip system. We are pleased to see this litigation moving forward, and look forward to the start of bellwether trials in the fall,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to alleged victims of serious complications associated with metal-on-metal hip implants.
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Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the federal multidistrict litigation. Court records indicate that the proceeding’s first bellwether trials will begin in September 2014.
According to court documents, over 5,400 claims are pending in the federal proceeding, all of which allege the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip that utilizes the Ultamet liner can shed dangerous amounts of metal debris into recipients’ tissue and blood stream. According to plaintiffs, this may result in metallosis and other serious complications that often necessitate replacement of the hip implant. The lawsuits further allege that the design of the all-metal Pinnacle shares some of the same flaws that caused DePuy Orthopaedics to recall ASR hip systems in 2010, and question whether the metal-on-metal Pinnacle should have been recalled as well.
In January 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health alert, after determining that metal-on-metal hips were more likely to fail prematurely compared to those made from other materials. Among other things, the agency recommended that recipients of these devices undergo metal ion blood testing if they experience pain, swelling, audible noises from the hip, or any other sign that could indicate their hip replacement is failing. The FDA also disclosed that it was considering new regulations for metal-on-metal hips that would subject the implants to greater regulatory scrutiny.
In May 2013, Bloomberg.com reported that DePuy Orthopaedics had decided to phase out sales of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the all-metal Pinnacle, in part due to recent FDA actions.*
DePuy Pinnacle hip recipients who allegedly suffered metallosis and other serious complications related to its all-metal design may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. To learn more about filing a Pinnacle hip lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website today, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free case review.
*bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-16/j-j-will-stop-sales-of-metal-on-metal-hip-replacements.html, Bloomberg.com, May 17, 2013
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