New York, New York (PRWEB) February 23, 2014
The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal litigation involving DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/ ) is challenging a Seattle, Washington hospital over a $1,000 charge the facility is seeking to assess a plaintiff for the preservation and return of her explanted hip implant, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. In a Position Statement filed with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas on February 18, 2014, the Committee characterized the fee assessed by Swedish Medical Center as exorbitant, and notes that fees charged by other hospitals have ranged from $15 to $100. The Committee further asserts in the petition that “efforts to understand the cause of problems that patients experience with DePuy hips may be severely compromised if hospitals refuse to preserve and turn over explants or charge an exorbitant fee to do so.” (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
“Our Firm is representing numerous DePuy Pinnacle hip clients with claims pending in this litigation. We are monitoring these developments very closely,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices, including clients in DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to alleged victims of serious complications associated with the all-metal Pinnacle.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation underway in Texas. Court documents indicate that nearly 5,600 Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits have been filed on behalf of plaintiffs who were allegedly injured by the metal-on-metal version of the hip implant system that utilizes the Ultamet liner. The proceeding’s first trial is scheduled to begin in September 2014.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert in January 2013 that cautioned all-metal hip recipients, such as those involved in the Pinnacle hip litigation, to undergo metal ion blood testing if they experienced any symptoms that might mean their device was failing, including pain, swelling, or audible noises coming from their hip. The agency also proposed new rules that would subject metal-on-metal hip implants to stricter regulatory oversight.
According to a Bloomberg.com report from May 2013, increased FDA scrutiny of metal-on-metal hips helped to prompt a decision by DePuy Orthopaedics to end sales of such devices, including the all-metal Pinnacle.*
Individuals who were allegedly injured by the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. For more information about filing a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. To arrange for a free, no obligation review of your case, please call 800-511-5092 today.
*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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