Parker Waichman LLP Files Lawsuit Alleging DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Caused Injuries in Utah Woman

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Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Utah woman implanted with the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. According to the lawsuit, the hip replacement is prone to a higher risk of complications due to its defective metal-on-metal design.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is defective and caused substantial injuries in a Utah woman. The suit was filed on January 11th in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Case No. 3:13-cv-00132-K). It is one of numerous cases filed into the multidistrict litigation entitled In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3:11-md-02244). DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson have been named as Defendants.

According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff was implanted with the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant in her left hip in April 2006. Thereafter, she suffered a number of damages, allegedly due to the use of the implant. The lawsuit is alleging that the Plaintiff suffered and will continue to suffer from physical and mental pain and suffering along with past, present and future medical expenses related to his injuries. The lawsuit alleges that the damages suffered by the Plaintiff were caused by the defective design, warnings, construction and unreasonably dangerous character of the Pinnacle device. The suit further alleges that the Plaintiff would not have had the device implanted if she were fully informed of the risks.

The DePuy Pinnacle is a type of metal-on-metal hip implants, a class of medical devices that came under intense scrutiny following the DePuy ASR recall in 2010. The global recall, which affected 93,000 implants worldwide including 37,000 in the United States, was launched due to reports showing that the hip replacements failed in more than 12 percent of patients within five years. Since then, concerns have mounted over the failure rates of metal-on-metal hip implants and whether or not they release toxic amounts of metal debris. In March, a study in the Lancet confirmed that metal-on-metal hip implants fail at a significantly higher rate than metal-on-plastic or metal-on-ceramic devices. The results of the study prompted the authors to call an end to the use of all-metal hip replacements.

Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a panel of experts to discuss the pros and cons of metal-on-metal hips and make recommendations for patient use. Overall, the panelists advised that metal hip patients undergo yearly physicals, imaging tests and possible blood screening for metal ions.

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of DePuy Pinnacle and other metal-on-metal hip implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced premature failure of your implant or other health problems associated with an all-metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant or other metal-on-metal hip replacement device, please contact their office by visiting the firm's page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).