New York, NY (PRWEB) March 27, 2014
Thousands of DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/) filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered serious complications due to a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System continue to move forward in a federal litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. According to an Order dated March 26, 2014, the Court will convene its next conference on Thursday, April 10th, at 2:30 p.m., CST. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
“Our Firm is representing numerous individuals who have filed Pinnacle hip lawsuits in this proceeding. We are pleased to see these cases moving forward,” 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 Hip Lawsuits
Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the DePuy Pinnacle litigation. According to court documents, more than 5,700 Pinnacle hip lawsuits have been filed in the proceeding on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered metallosis, premature hip implant failure, and other complications due to an all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip that uses the Ultamet liner. Among other things, plaintiffs claim that the metal-on-metal Pinnacle suffers from the same types of design flaws that resulted in the 2010 recall of DePuy’s ASR hip implants, and question whether or not the all-metal Pinnacle device should have been recalled as well.
According to a safety communication issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2013, metal-on-metal hip implants may be more vulnerable to early failure compared to devices made from other materials. The agency has advised patients fitted with all-metal hip implants to undergo metal ion blood testing if they experience pain, swelling, or other symptoms that could be an indication that their hip is failing. 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.*
Individuals who allegedly experienced painful and debilitating complications due to the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other injury-related damages. To contact the firm for a complimentary case review, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free, no obligation lawsuit reviews can also be obtained by calling 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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