New York, New York (PRWEB) September 02, 2014
The first trial involving a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/depuy-pinnacle-hip-implant/) will soon get underway, as jury selection begins today in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to court documents, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit are facing some 6,000 lawsuits that allege the all-metal hip caused recipients to suffer serious and debilitating complications. The majority of these cases are pending in the Northern District of Texas, where federally-filed Pinnacle hip lawsuits have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
“Our Firm is representing numerous Pinnacle hip recipients who have filed claims in this litigation. We have been looking forward to the start of this trial, as it may provide a great deal of insight into jury rulings in similar cases,” 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 individuals who were allegedly harmed by a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System.
Pinnacle Hip Litigation
According to court documents, Pinnacle hip lawsuits pending in Texas allege that the metal-on-metal version of the implant was defectively designed, and can cause metal debris to leech into a patient’s blood stream. The resulting build up of toxic chromium and cobalt ions can result in the development of metallosis (metal ion poisoning), chronic pain, and other complications that may lead to premature failure of the device.
The Plaintiff in the proceeding’s first bellwether trial underwent revision surgery within two years of receiving the Pinnacle hip allegedly as a result of similar complications, including cobalt blood serum levels 85 times higher than normal. Court papers filed by the Plaintiff’s attorneys assert that jurors could award more than $5 billion in punitive damages if they decide that the defendants should be punished for their alleged mishandling of the device. (Herlihy-Paoli v. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., 11-cv-3590)
In May 2013, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics announced that they would cease the sale of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the device involved in Pinnacle hip lawsuits.* The companies’ announcement followed an alert issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January of that year that warned metal-on-metal hips were more likely to fail early than those made of other materials. The agency also disclosed that it was considering new rules that would subject all-metal hips to greater regulatory scrutiny.
Recipients of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant may be entitled to compensation if they experienced metallosis, pain, disability or any other complication 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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