Wright & Schulte has recently filed a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit on behalf of a man from Utah. This case alleges that the defective design of DePuy’s Pinnacle System caused the plaintiff to develop painful, crippling injuries, which ultimately required risky revision surgery.
A DePuy hip replacement lawsuit has recently been filed against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, by Wright & Schulte’s defective medical device lawyers. This case has been filed on behalf of a Utah man who developed debilitating complications allegedly due to the defective design of DePuy’s Pinnacle System. The complaint (Case No. 3:13-cv-02064-K) is part of MDL 2244 and was filed on June 1, 2013 in U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. This case joins more than 3,300 other Pinnacle lawsuits that have already been filed against DePuy. [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/business/jj-study-suggested-hip-device-could-fail-in-thousands-more.html?_r=2&] [January 2013]
Wright & Schulte, LLC specializes in defending the rights of those who have sustained serious injuries after using defective products and dangerous drugs. Our skilled DePuy attorneys are experienced at successfully going up against large corporations, like DePuy Orthopaedics. We encourage those who believe they have sustained DePuy Pinnacle complications to speak with our knowledgeable lawyers by visiting yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.
DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit
The DePuy hip replacement lawsuit details that the plaintiff had the DePuy Pinnacle System implanted in his right hips in June 2007. Shortly after implantation, however, the plaintiff began experiencing painful complications that included hip tenderness and walking difficulties. After seeking medical attention for these severe complications, the plaintiff was informed that he had an elevated level of metal ions in his blood (a condition known as metallosis). Due to the unrelenting pain associated with his hip implant complications, in January 2013, the plaintiff underwent risky revision surgery to remove and replace the failed DePuy Pinnacle Hip implant. As a result of this revision surgery, the plaintiff reportedly has an increased risk of chronic pain, bone loss and other serious medical problems that could all significantly impact his quality of life.
According to court documents, this DePuy hip replacement lawsuit alleges that DePuy failed to perform adequate safety testing on the Pinnacle Hip system’s metal-on-metal design. Additionally, this Pinnacle hip lawsuit contends that DePuy intentionally did not warn consumers about the high risk of system failure even after hundreds of patient had reported developing Pinnacle Hip complications. Court documents go on to point out that, in spite of such reports of Pinnacle Hip failures, DePuy has continued to sell its defective hip implant without any warnings.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Phase Out Announced by DePuy
In May 2013, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. announced that it will slowly be phasing out its all-metal Pinnacle hip implant devices and that the Pinnacle will not be available in the U.S. as of August 2013. The DePuy Pinnacle is the company’s last remaining metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant device on the market, as DePuy recalled its all-metal ASR hip implant device in 2010 due to reports alleging that it had a significantly high rate of early failure. [http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/business/jj-is-phasing-out-metal-replacement-hips.html May 2013]
As mentioned in the New York Times, according to DePuy, the Pinnacle hip phase out was spurred primarily by a January 2013 FDA ruling requiring that manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants prove through additional clinical studies that MoM implants are safe and effective before continuing to sell them in the U.S. This FDA ruling intended to close an existing loophole that had allowed manufacturers to only show that their devices are similar to those currently available in the U.S. without having to conduct clinical testing before selling them. “DePuy has communicated to the F.D.A. its decision not to pursue [further clinical studies on the Pinnacle],” DePuy officials expressed in a recent statement. [www.New York Times, January 17, 2013; nytimes.com/2013/01/17/business/fda-to-tighten-regulation-of-all-metal-hip-implants.html]
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