DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits Move Forward, As Claims in Federal Litigation Surpass 5,800 Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

April 8, 2014

The Firm is actively filing Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered serious and debilitating complications due to a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System.

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 08, 2014

DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits (http://www.depuypinnacle-lawsuit.com/) 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 April 1, 2014, at least 5,879 Pinnacle hip replacement claims have been filed in the proceeding on behalf of individuals who were allegedly injured by a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. Court documents indicate that the number of filings has increased by more than 130 since the last Master Case List was issued in March. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244)

“Our Firm continues to hear from individuals who allegedly suffered serious and debilitating complications due to the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement. We are not surprised that this litigation continues to grow,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of dangerous drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free case reviews to individuals who may have been injured by the all-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant.

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits

According to court documents, all of the Pinnacle hip lawsuits pending in the Northern District of Texas involve an all-metal version of the hip system that utilizes the Ultamet liner. The lawsuits allege that the device’s all-metal design results in a propensity to shed dangerous amounts of toxic metal debris into recipients’ blood stream and surrounding tissue, resulting in metallosis, pseudotumor formation, and other serious complications that have the potential to cause premature failure of the implant. Finally, plaintiffs assert that this alleged design flaw is similar to the issue that resulted in the 2010 recall of DePuy’s ASR hip implants, and question whether or not the metal-on-metal Pinnacle should have been recalled as well.

Jeffrey S. Grand, a partner with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal Pinnacle litigation. Court documents indicate that the proceeding’s first trials are scheduled to begin in September 2014.

According to an alert issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2013, metal-on-metal hip implants may be more vulnerable to premature failure compared to devices made from other materials. The agency recommended metal ion blood testing for all-metal hip patients who are experiencing pain, swelling, or other symptoms that could be a symptom of hip failure. The FDA has also recommended stricter regulations for metal-on-metal hip implants, including a requirement that devices currently on the market undergo safety studies if their manufacturers intend to keep selling them.

According to a Bloomberg.com report from May 2013, the FDA’s stance on metal-on-metal hips helped to prompt a decision by DePuy Orthopaedics to end sales of such devices, including the all-metal Pinnacle.*

Individuals who allegedly suffered complications due to the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more 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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