Once again DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is under legal fire for another metal hip replacement device. The DePuy Pinnacle has received complaints by patients of resulting in pain, loss of mobility, premature failure and other problems after the device is implanted that are reminiscent of the earlier recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement. The device is made of the same metal-on-metal design that has been problematic in thousands of hip replacements done in the last decade.
Metal Hip Replacement Injuries
The DePuy Pinnacle is one of many metal-on-metal hip replacement or resurfacing devices that have been marketed as wear-resistant devices that can give a larger range of motion than previously designed devices made with plastics or ceramic. The issue that has plagued these devices is that they can loosen, corrode and fail when the metal parts fret against each other. In addition, the fretting can cause small metal particles to enter the surrounding tissue and blood stream, putting the patient at risk for metal toxicity.
DePuy is well aware of the risks that these metal-on-metal hip replacements can have for their patients. In 2010, they recalled the DePuy ASR device due to premature failure caused by loosening or fretting of the metal components. However, despite this earlier recall, they continued to make metal-on-metal hip replacements such as the DePuy Pinnacle, which has not been recalled. In addition, the FDA issued a warning for all metal hip replacements and resurfacing devices in January 2013, stating that these metal-on-metal products can have unique risks including:
- Metal released into body. The FDA refers to this as “adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR)” or an “adverse reaction to metal debris (ARMD).” These metal particles can cause damage to the surrounding tissue and bones as well as possibly enter the bloodstream.
- Loosening. Due to the fretting and soft tissue damage, the device can become loose, causing pain and possibly loss of mobility.
- Pain. The corrosion of metal-on-metal hips can cause severe pain.
- Revision surgery. The early failure of these devices can result in patients needing to remove the product and undergo revision surgery.
- Metal toxicity. There is a possibility of the metal particles causing metal toxicity that can lead to many other serious health problems.
Due to the amount of patients having injuries from their DePuy Pinnacle implants, there have been many lawsuits against the company. Complaints that the device was poorly designed and can cause pain, dislocation and early failure are common in the lawsuits directed toward DePuy and Johnson & Johnson for the Pinnacle device. The many lawsuits have resulted in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits in the Northern District of Texas. This allows these similar cases to be overseen in one court to expedite the process.
Patients who have received these defective devices and have had complications causing pain, revision surgery, metal toxicity and other problems may be able to receive compensation for their injuries. This can include reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is representing individuals who have suffered adverse effects from defective DePuy Pinnacle hip prosthesis. Many of our cases are part of the pending MDL. While these cases have been consolidated for discovery purposes, our goal is to present each clients case individually so that the damages for each case can be maximized. As with all of our hip failure cases, these matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, when a legal fee is only charged when there is a recovery for you. Call us anytime to discuss your legal options in related to a defective DePuy Pinnacle hip.
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