The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the $502 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary DePuy from the second bellwether trial regarding the Pinnacle hip. However, they will retry the case.
Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics are facing thousands of lawsuits due to their defective metal-on-metal hip implants. Pinnacle hip implants, which are produced by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, are linked to multiple adverse health outcomes. Some of the adverse outcomes are caused by metallosis, a type of metal poisoning. Metal-on-metal hip implants could lead to the following serious medical problems:
How Do I Know if My Pinnacle Hip Implant is Causing Damage?
You could experience multiple symptoms if your Pinnacle hip implant is causing harm. Be on the lookout for physical symptoms that include numbness, pain, swelling and redness near the hip and groin. You could also watch for symptoms of metallosis, some of which we have described above. Changes in joint function or your ability to walk could also signal problems with your implant.
It is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing these symptoms. We have a list of questions on our website that you could bring with you to your doctor’s appointment.
Can I Sue if I’m Harmed by a Defective Pinnacle Hip Implant?
More than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics by individuals who were harmed by Pinnacle hip implants. The attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley, PC are currently taking defective Pinnacle hip implant cases.
If you or a loved one were harmed after being implanted with this device, then we could explain whether it would be possible to file a claim for damages. We offer free consultations. You can reach us by calling 888-522-2372 or by using the case review form on our website
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DePuy Orthopaedics, the company responsible for the creation of a series of medical devices, is facing yet another lawsuit related to the Pinnacle acetabular cup system used in artificial hip replacements. The plaintiff, Glenn K., and his wife, Diane K., state that Glenn underwent total hip arthroplasty in early 2010. He was implanted with a Pinnacle acetabular cup system.
After his surgery, the lawsuit reports that Glenn began to suffer injuries resulting from the cobalt-chromium components of the Pinnacle hip replacement. As the metal head of the hip replacement rubbed against the metal liner, over time, a significant amount of cobalt-chromium metal ions and particles were released into Glenn’s bloodstream, traveling throughout his body and causing symptoms of metallosis. This led to severe pain, discomfort, inflammation and potentially, other side effects.
The pain did not stop for Glenn there. Because of the chronic discomfort and inflammation caused by the implant, Glenn was forced to undergo expensive and painful revision surgery. His hip implant was removed and replaced with another one in 2017.
Am I Entitled to Damages if I Suffer Pain from a Defective Hip Implant?
Many recipients of these defective hip implants share Glenn’s story. Unfortunately, the implants can lead to significant pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, lost wages, expensive medical bills and more. If you are the recipient of a Pinnacle acetabular cup system, you may be entitled to damages for your pain and suffering. Contact a defective hip implant attorney to discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach Kershaw, Cook & Talley at 888-522-2372 or fill out our online contact form
Many have been asking for updates on the status of the appeal in the second Pinnacle Metal on Metal hip trial. The appeal was argued on December 6, 2017. According to the website for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, “the court’s goal is to issue an opinion generally within 60 days after argument or submission.” This would put the expected date for an opinion on or about February 6, 2018. Stay tuned.
The process of having a metal-on-metal hip implant installed is a painful one, with a long recovery period that will almost certainly affect your life and livelihood. And as you recover, you may start to notice certain side effects and complications relating to your implant. Some of these are perfectly normal, but others are not.
Many metal-on-metal hip implants have been recalled by the FDA for complications that can lead to injury. Most hip replacement surgeries have positive outcomes, but others may not. These poor outcomes are often due to defects in the metal-on-metal hip replacement that cause it to malfunction. And when this happens, the victim could be forced to undergo revision surgery, sometimes multiple times.
How can you identify when a metal-on-metal implant, like the DePuy Pinnacle implant, may be defective?
Watch for the following symptoms:
It is possible for years to pass between your replacement surgery and the onset of symptoms related to defects. If you notice any of the above symptoms and have had a hip replacement, seek medical attention. It could be a sign of defects that can lead to further pain and suffering. Call Kershaw, Cook & Talley for a free legal consultation to determine your options at 888-522-2372 or fill out our online contact form.
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Three-judge panel appointed to decide the appeal of the second trial verdict.
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