We are following this trial closely, as we are representing numerous DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement clients in lawsuits that raise similar questions about the health concerns surrounding all-metal hips, as well as DePuy’s response to those issue.
New York, New York (PRWEB) September 06, 2014
Testimony has begun in the first federal bellwether trial of a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuit (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/ ), Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a report from Bloomberg News, much of the proceeding on Thursday focused on internal company documents, including emails, regarding physicians’ concerns with metal-on-metal hips. (Herlihy-Paoli v. DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., 11-cv-3590)
“We are following this trial closely, as we are representing numerous DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement clients in lawsuits that raise similar questions about the health concerns surrounding all-metal hips, as well as DePuy’s response to those issues,” 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.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Litigation
Court records indicate that more than 6,000 Pinnacle hip lawsuits are currently pending in the Northern District of Texas, all of which include allegations that echo those at issue in this trial. All of the lawsuits involve a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip that utilizes the Ultamet liner, which plaintiffs claim can leech dangerous amounts of metal debris into a recipient’s tissue and blood stream. According to the complaints, this occurrence can result in chronic pain, metallosis, tissue and bone damage, and premature failure of the device necessitating revision surgery. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
According to court documents, the case currently at trial was filed on behalf of a Montana woman who underwent revision surgery just two years after receiving her Pinnacle hip replacement. Among other things, her lawsuit alleges that the metal ions shed from the device caused her to experience cobalt blood serum levels 85 times higher than normal.
Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics announced in May 2013 that they would end sales of the all-metal Pinnacle, as well as other metal-on-metal hip replacements. While the companies maintained that the decision was not driven by safety concerns, the announcement did follow an alert issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January of that year that warned metal-on-metal hips were prone to early failure due to metal ions that may be released by the devices. **
Recipients of the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip may be entitled to compensation if they suffered serious complications allegedly related to metal debris shed from the device. 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/2014-09-04/j-j-aware-of-hip-poisoning-worry-in-2001-lawyer-says.html, Bloomberg News, September 4, 2014
**bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-16/j-j-will-stop-sales-of-metal-on-metal-hip-replacements.html, Bloomberg News, May 17, 2013
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