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Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Injured Utah Woman

Jan 15, 2013

A Utah woman is the latest to claim that her DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle hip implant is defective and caused her to suffer serious injuries and now faces a lifetime of responding to complications caused by the device.

A lawsuit was filed on her behalf recently in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. There, it joins a growing number of other lawsuits that claim the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant causes the same complications as other all-metal hip prostheses. The lawsuits have been consolidated as part of a Multidistrict Litigation known as In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3:11-md-02244).

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, consumer pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, have been named as Defendants in the MDL. They’ll be forced to answer claims that its metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip implant is defective and causes recipients to suffer from an array complications that eventually leads to the patient being forced to undergo a lifetime of medical treatments and revision surgeries to correct problems until they are forced to have a replacement surgery to implant a new hip.

The woman from Utah is being represented in her claim by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP which represents numerous victims of defective metal-on-metal hip implants. According to a release from the firm announcing the filing of this latest lawsuit, the Utah woman had the DePuy Pinnacle (in its metal-on-metal model as it is available in different options) implanted in her left hip in April 2006. Her claim states that she endured a series of setbacks after that initial surgery that caused her to suffer and “continue to suffer from physical and mental pain and suffering along with past, present and future medical expenses.”

The Pinnacle is like other metal-on-metal hip implants when it’s constructed of those metal component parts. This and other like hip implants have been linked to numerous complications since they were first introduced to the U.S. market about a decade ago. Tens of thousands of recipients of these devices have complained that their metal-on-metal hip implant caused them to suffer persistent and serious pain, popping and squeaking of the implant, a failure of the implant, and other complications. Metal-on-metal hip implants have also been linked to another dangerous complication, the likelihood that recipients will develop toxic accumulations of metals cobalt and chromium in their bloodstream through normal wear of their implant.

Metallosis, or metal poisoning, can have serious consequences, especially if it is left unchecked for a long period of time. It can cause tissue and organ damage. The woman from Utah claims in her lawsuit that she was never alerted to the problems linked to metal-on-metal hip implants at the time of her surgery and says she never would have opted for the device she received had she been aware.

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