Our Firm hears from individuals who were allegedly harmed by the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip on a fairly regular basis. We are not surprised that the number of filings in this proceeding is approaching 7,000.
New York, New York (PRWEB) November 03, 2014
DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits (http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/depuy-pinnacle/lawsuit) filed on behalf of individuals who were allegedly harmed by a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip replacement system continue to mount in federal court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According t a new Master Case List issued on November 1, 2014, at least 6,947 Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits are now pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, where all federally-filed claims have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings. This represents an increase of 98 filings since the Court issued its previous update on September 30, 2014, when 6,849 cases were pending. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
“Our Firm hears from individuals who were allegedly harmed by the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip on a fairly regular basis. We are not surprised that the number of filings in this proceeding is approaching 7,000,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is actively filing DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits in the federal litigation, and continues to evaluate cases on behalf of individuals who were allegedly harmed by the metal-on-metal Pinnacle Hip Replacement System.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Litigation
According to court documents, all of the Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits now pending in the Northern District of Texas involve a version of the artificial hip that utilizes the Ultamet liner. All of the claims similarly allege that this configuration results in an all-metal design that is vulnerable to premature failure and other complications, including metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and chronic pain. Plaintiffs further 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. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for this proceeding. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
In May 2013, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit announced that they would no longer market metal-on-metal hips, including the all-metal version of the Pinnacle hip replacement that is at the center of this litigation. While the companies have asserted that the move was driven by commercial concerns rather than safety issues, their announcement followed an alert published by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2013, which warned that metal-on-metal hips were more likely to fail prematurely than those made of other materials.*
Individuals who were allegedly injured by the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. To learn more about filing a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For a free and confidential evaluation of your case, call 800-511-5092 today.
*http://www.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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