New York, NY (PRWEB) April 09, 2014
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, notes that an upcoming conference over the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant litigation has been scheduled (In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3:11-MD-2244-K). The Order, which was signed by United States District Judge Ed Kinkeade on March 26, 2014, sets the conference for Thursday, April 10th at 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) in a Dallas, Texas courtroom. The conference has been coordinated to discuss preparation for bellwether trials that are beginning in September 2014, as well as any outstanding discovery matters, the Order states. Judge Kinkeade is overseeing the DePuy Pinnacle MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division.
“Our firm represents many individuals in DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits, and we continue to file lawsuits on behalf of metal-on-metal hip implant patients who are suffering injuries allegedly due to DePuy Pinnacle and other types of metal-on-metal hip implants.” said Daniel C. Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker Waichman LLP. “We look forward to the bellwether trials beginning this fall.” The firm continues to offer free legal consultations for Pinnacle hip implant patients.
Parker Waichman filed one such Pinnacle lawsuit into the MDL on December 16, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Case 3:13-cv-04892-K, MDL No. 3:11-md-02244). DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., and parent company Johnson & Johnson, were named as Defendants. The suit was filed on behalf of an Arizona woman who alleged that her Pinnacle hip system caused severe inflammation and pain; bone and tissue loss; and significant reaction to metal debris, which included large cystic fluid collection and elevated cobalt and chromium levels, all of which necessitated the need for a revision surgery. The suit also alleges that the Pinnacle has the same problems as other metal-on-metal hip implants when paired with an “Ultamet” metal liner. According to the Complaint, metal-on-metal hip implants may cause numerous problems when the metal surfaces of the implant rub together and release metal particles into the body. Allegedly, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy were aware that the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle may lead to metallosis, bone erosion, pseudotumors, and tissue death.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of DePuy Pinnacle and other metal-on-metal hip implant injuries. If you or a loved one have experienced premature failure of your implant, or other health problems associated with the Pinnacle or other metal-on-metal hip replacement device, please contact its office by visiting the firm's DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney