DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits Continue to Mount, as Federal Claims Exceed 4,400, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
The DePuy Pinnacle lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently representing numerous individuals in DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits that have been filed in the federal litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas.
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2013
DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit claims involving an all-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System continue to mount in the federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a Master Case List issued by the Court on July 1, 2013, 4,445 DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits were pending in the proceeding as of June 30th. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244; N.D. Texas)
“Our Firm continues to receive inquiries from patients who have suffered metallosis, premature device failure and other serious complications allegedly associated with the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement. We expect that filings in this litigation will continue to increase in the coming months,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the federal litigation, while the Firm’s DePuy Pinnacle lawyers continue to offer free legal evaluations to alleged victims of serious complications associated with the all-metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Lawsuits
All of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits pending in the Northern District of Texas involve a version of the Pinnacle hip system that utilized the Ultamet liner. According to court documents, plaintiffs allege that they have suffered premature implant failure, metallosis and other serious complications due to the propensity of the device to shed dangerous amounts of metal ions into the tissue surrounding the implant, as well as the blood stream. The lawsuits further allege that the all-metal Pinnacle shares some of the same design flaws that prompted DePuy Orthopaedics to recall its ASR line of metal hip implants in 2010, and question whether this version of Pinnacle system should have been recalled as well.
While it does not appear that a DePuy Pinnacle recall is imminent, DePuy Orthopaedics did announce in May that it would be ending sales of all-metal hips, including the metal-on-metal Pinnacle. While the company did not cite the growing number of DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits as a contributing factor to this decision, it did note that demand for metal-on-metal hips has slipped in recent years. According to a May 17th report from The New York Times, DePuy also cited a proposed regulation from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that would require the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hips currently on the market to conduct post-market safety studies in order to keep selling the products.*
Victims of serious complications allegedly associated with the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant may be entitled to compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. Additional information about filing a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuit is available at Bernstein Liebhard’s website. For a free, no obligation legal consultation with a DePuy Pinnacle lawyer, please call 800-511-5092 today.
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