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Parker Waichman LLP Continues to DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuits

Jun 12, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP

A West Virginia man claims his injuries and persistent pain were caused by his defective DePuy Pinnacle hip implant.

He has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the division of Johnson & Johnson in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He is being represented by the law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, which continues to represent victims of defective metal-on-metal hip implants nationwide.

According to a release announcing the lawsuit filing, the Gilmer County man received his DePuy Pinnacle hip implant in June 2010 and almost immediately began experiencing pain at the site of the implant. It was not until months later than he was able to determine the pain he was suffering was caused by his new hip implant.

The man received the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant with the Ultamet component in the cup joint of the implant. This makes the versatile implant a metal-on-metal device. Other versions of the Pinnacle hip implant use a plastic or ceramic cup component. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been associated with a wide array of complications and thousands of people have already suffered from its deficiencies. It’s expected that thousands more worldwide will likely suffer the same fate as this West Virginia man, from either the Pinnacle model or some other version of a metal-on-metal implant. The Food and Drug Administration has received at least 1,300 complaints of defects and injuries that were caused by this specific implant.

In addition to persistent pain, the man represented in this latest Parker Waichman lawsuit claims he has been diagnosed with metallosis, a poisonous build-up of the metal cobalt, which is used in the components of the implant. This is a far too common consequence of a metal-on-metal hip implant. Through normal wear-and-tear of the device, when the metal components make contact with each other they disperse small metal particles into a recipient’s bloodstream, nearby tissues and organs. A recent study found that 40 percent of metal-on-metal hip implant recipients have developed dangerous pseudotumors that could lead to more serious medical problems.

The complications caused by the DePuy Pinnacle implant have resulted in persistent pain, mental suffering and guaranteed high medical bills in the future. The lawsuit filed on behalf of the West Virginia man seeks compensation for those injuries and future medical costs. The man claims he was never warned about the potential dangers of this Pinnacle implant model or of the dangers of all-metal implants, in general. It is likely that he’ll be forced to endure revision surgeries or a replacement surgery to implant a new device.

The lawsuit claims the defects of the Pinnacle model hip implant are similar to another device manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The ASR all-metal hip implant was recalled in August 2010 after thousands of reports of adverse events blamed on it were received by the FDA and the manufacturer. It appears the Pinnacle implant, with the metal cup component, could be headed for a similar fate. 

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