DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Attorneys
Although not recalled like the DePuy ASR hip implant, the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is another hip implant manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, that is experiencing exceptionally high rates of failure. Leading up to the failure of the hip implant, many patients experience, pain in the hip and groin, swelling, discoloration, difficulty walking, and dislocation. In addition, the grinding of the metal parts of the implants may lead to the deposit of metalic ions in the blood and tissue surrounding the implant, which can lead to the degeneration, and ultimately death, of the tissue, a condition known as metallosis.
The Pinnacle hip implant was the predecessor to the DePuy ASR and was put on the market in 2002. It was approved by the FDA in the expedited process known as the 510(K) approval process. Under this process, rather than having to undergo extensive pre-market testing, the manufacturer need only show that the medical device is substantially similar to a device already on the market.
Pinnacle lawsuits began mounting in early 2011, and in May of 2011, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation, a panel of federal district court judges, issued an order consolidating all federal cases alleging injury as a result of a defective Pinnacle hip implant before Judge Kinkeade in the Northern District of Texas, in what is known as a multi-district litigation (“MDL”). This means that all federal cases will be transferred to Judge Kinkeade during the pre-trial proceedings. After the pretrial proceedings, the cases will be sent back to the state from which they originated for trial. As of December of 2011, 365 cases have been joined in the MDL and more cases are being filed every day.
Pinnacle Hip Implant News
July 13, 2012: J&J Faces Another 1,600 Lawsuits Over Pinnacle Hip Implants
The Reuters news agency recently reported that Johnson & Johnson faces a more damaging and costly sequel to its $3 billion recall of the DePuy ASR and ASR XL hip im...
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