A Texas couple recently filed a DePuy hip replacement lawsuit alleging that DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, marketed its Pinnacle hip implant despite knowing the product had dangerous defects.
DePuy hip lawsuits are hardly new, with the first one filed over six years ago. Since then, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 400 complaints of premature DePuy hip implant failure. These reports primarily focus on DePuy’s ASR and Pinnacle hip implant lines. While the former was largely addressed in a massive, two-part settlement, Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits are still on the table. Over 5,000 of these lawsuits have been centralized in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Litigation of the Pinnacle lawsuits is ongoing following a defense verdict last year.
Like DePuy’s ASR implants, as well as implants from other manufacturers such as Smith & Nephew and Zimmer, the Pinnacle implant utilizes metal-on-metal technology. While touted as more effective than older implant technology, it unfortunately has a tendency to release toxic metal particles into the bloodstream. This debris can build up in nearby soft tissue and result in a variety of severe side effects, such as inflammation, extreme pain, and device dislocation, which can in turn necessitate painful and expensive revision surgery.
The Texas couple behind the new hip replacement lawsuit claims that DePuy’s Pinnacle implant caused the husband extreme physical, emotional, and economic injury. The couple is seeking more than $75,000 in legal damages for “willful, wanton and malicious” actions on the part of DePuy that “showed a total disregard for human life and human suffering.”
If you or someone close to you was injured by a failed DePuy hip implant, contact our offices today to speak free of charge with an experienced hip replacement lawyer. You may be entitled to damages through your own hip replacement lawsuit.