New York, New York (PRWEB) February 04, 2013
Discovery in thousands of DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, will continue until the end of December 2013, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. More than 3,000 claims are pending in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation, and court records indicate that the proceeding’s first trials will begin in September 2014. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation - MDL No. 2244)*
“We continue to hear from patients who allegedly suffered device failure and other complications allegedly due to the all-metal version of the Pinnacle device. We look forward to more progress in this litigation in the coming months,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients allegedly injured as a result of metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip systems. Firm partner Jeffrey S. Grand serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation.
DePuy Pinnacle Litigation
The federal DePuy Pinnacle litigation involves a metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip system that utilizes the metal Ultamet liner. Plaintiffs allege the Pinnacle hip at issue is prone to wear and can shed dangerous amounts of metal debris, leading to implant failure, metallosis and other debilitating complications. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants like the Pinnacle, in which the ball and cup consist of chromium-cobalt alloy. On January 17, 2013, the agency proposed an order that would make these devices ineligible for 510(K) clearance, which allowed such implants to come to market with no human testing. The FDA has also recommended that doctors consider metal ion testing for all-metal hip replacement patients who are experiencing symptoms of a failing implant, including pain, swelling, loosening of the implant, or change in the ability to walk.
Victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries may file lawsuits against the devices’ manufacturers to seek compensation for their injuries. In addition to DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits, the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing claims on behalf of people allegedly injured by the DePuy ASR hip implant. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is also closely following developments in the July 2012 Stryker Rejuvenate recall and June 2012 Smith & Nephew metal liner recall. The firm also continues to investigate cases concerning the Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant, as well as Wright Profemur and Conserve metal hip implants.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone injured as a result of a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant or other metal-on-metal hip replacement device. Individuals who have experienced failure of their implant, metallosis, pain, or revision surgery may be entitled to compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. A wealth of information about DePuy Pinnacle complications, as well as the issues surrounding metal-on-metal hip implants in general is available at Bernstein Liebhard’s website. For additional information, please call one of our attorneys at 1-877-779-1414 today.
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