Lawsuit Alleging DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Caused Pain, Elevated Metal Ion Levels and Early Revision Surgery, Filed by Parker Waichman LLP

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Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Mississippi woman who had the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement implanted in both hips. She alleges that the all-metal devices are defective and caused a number of injuries that forced her to undergo revision surgery, including extreme pain, weakness and elevated cobalt and chromium levels.

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Thereafter, the lawsuit alleges, she suffered from extreme pain, weakness and elevated cobalt and chromium levels due to the defects of the Pinnacle.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is defective and caused severe injuries in a Mississippi woman. The firm filed the suit on March 19, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, where it is one of many cases pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) entitled In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3:11-md-02244).

According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff was implanted with the DePuy Pinnacle on her left side in January 2007. In December 2008, she had the Pinnacle implanted in her right side. Thereafter, the lawsuit alleges, she suffered from extreme pain, weakness and elevated cobalt and chromium levels due to the defects of the Pinnacle. The suit alleges that the Plaintiff was unaware that her injuries were related to her defective metal-on-metal hip implants because the Defendants had failed to adequately warn about the risks. The lawsuit alleges that the Plaintiff would not have had the Pinnacle implanted if she were fully informed about the risks.

The lawsuit points out that the Pinnacle hip implant, like almost all metal-on-metal hip systems, was approved with little to no clinical testing. This is because the devices are approved through 510(k), which exempts the need for clinical safety and efficacy tests so long as the manufacturer argues that the product is “substantially equivalent” to a previously approved device.

The DePuy Pinnacle and other metal-on-metal hip implants have raised safety concerns due to reports suggesting that such devices have a tendency to fail early in the post-operative period. In light of these reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sought to propose stricter guidelines for approving all-metal hip implants. The new regulations would require device makers to show that their implants are safe and effective before selling them.

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 experienced premature failure of your implant or other health problems associated with an all-metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant or other metal-on-metal hip replacement device, please contact their office by visiting the firm's DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits page at Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
(800) LAW-INFO
(800) 529-4636

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