New York, New York (PRWEB) March 04, 2014
The federal litigation established in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas for DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/) continues to grow, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a Master Case List issued by the Court on February 28, 2014, 5,746 Pinnacle hip lawsuits have been filed in the proceeding on behalf of individuals who suffered serious and debilitating complications, allegedly due to a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. Court documents indicate that the number of filings have increased by more than 150 since the Court issued its previous update on January 31, 2014. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
“Our Firm is actively filing DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits in this proceeding, and we continue to hear from hip replacement patients who were allegedly harmed by the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip. It’s not surprising that there was a significant increase in filings over the past month,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of dangerous drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free case reviews to individuals who may have been injured by the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant.
DePuy Pinnacle 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. According to court documents, all of the Pinnacle hip lawsuits pending in the federal proceeding involve an all-metal version of the hip system that utilizes the Ultamet liner. Plaintiffs claim that the device’s all-metal design results in a propensity to shed dangerous amounts of toxic metal debris into recipients’ blood stream and surrounding tissue. The complaints further allege that this can cause a number of serious and debilitating complications, including metallosis, pseudotumor formation, and premature failure of the implant. Finally, plaintiffs assert that this alleged design flaw is similar to the issue that resulted in the 2010 recall of DePuy’s ASR hip implants, and question whether or not the metal-on-metal Pinnacle should have been recalled as well.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned in January 2013 that metal-on-metal hip implants may be more likely to fail early compared to devices made from other materials. The agency recommended that patients fitted with all-metal hip implants undergo metal ion blood testing if they experience pain, swelling, or other symptoms that could be a symptom of hip failure. The FDA has also recommended stricter regulations for metal-on-metal hip implants, including a requirement that manufacturers of devices currently on the market conduct safety studies of their products if they plan to continue selling them.
According to a Bloomberg.com report from May 2013, the FDA’s stance on metal-on-metal hips helped to prompt a decision by DePuy Orthopaedics to end sales of such devices, including the all-metal Pinnacle.*
Recipients of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement may be entitled to compensation if they experienced complications allegedly related to its all-metal design. To learn more 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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