DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Claims Mount, as Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Nearly 5,300 Filings in Federal Pinnacle Hip Litigation
The Firm is representing numerous individuals in Pinnacle hip lawsuits, all of whom allegedly suffered serious complications due to a metal-on-metal version of the artificial hip.
New York, NY (PRWEB) December 04, 2013
DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuit (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/ ) claims alleging injuries due to a metal-on-metal version of the artificial hip system continue to mount in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in Texas. According to a Master Case List issued in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas on November 30th, 5,293 Pinnacle hip lawsuits are now pending in the proceeding. Court documents indicate that this is an increase of nearly 100 since the last update was issued on October 31st. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)
“Our Firm is representing hundreds of Pinnacle hip clients in this litigation, and we continue to receive inquiries from individuals who were allegedly harmed by the metal-on-metal version of the hip system. It is not surprising that the number of the filings in the proceeding is approaching 5,300,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of dangerous drugs and medical devices. Firm partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the federal proceeding. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently offering free DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit reviews to individuals who may have been injured as a result of this all-metal hip device.
DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits
According to court documents, all of the Pinnacle hip lawsuits pending in the Northern District of Texas involve a metal-on-metal version of the hip system that utilizes the Ultamet Liner. Plaintiffs in these claims allege that this all-metal design is prone to wear, which can result in the shedding of toxic metal ions into a recipient’s tissue and blood stream. The accumulation of these metal particles can allegedly result in metallosis, pain, failure of the hip, and other complications that may necessitate revision surgery to remove and replace the device. The lawsuits further allege that the metal-on-metal Pinnacle suffers from some of the same design defects that prompted DePuy Orthopaedics to recall the ASR hip in 2010. The complaints question whether or not a DePuy Pinnacle recall should be issued as well.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned in January 2013 that hip implants with a metal-on-metal design appeared to be failing at a higher rate than devices constructed of other materials. Among other things, the agency advised metal-on-metal hip implant recipients who experience pain and swelling around the joint, mobility issues, or other signs of a failing hip to undergo blood tests for elevated levels of metal ions. The agency has also proposed new rules for metal hips, including a requirement that manufacturers of metal-on-metal hips currently on the market conduct safety studies of their products if they plan to continue selling them.
According to a Bloomberg.com report from May 2013, the FDA’s regulatory stance regarding metal-on-metal hips played a role in DePuy’s decision to end sales of such devices, including the all-metal Pinnacle.*
Alleged victims of injuries associated with the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. For more information about filing a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. To arrange for a free, no obligation review of your case, please call 800-511-5092 today.
*bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-16/j-j-will-stop-sales-of-metal-on-metal-hip-replacements.html, Bloomberg.com, May 17, 2013
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