DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Problems Result in Litigation
Johnson & Johnson is again under intense fire from the production and sales of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants manufactured by their DePuy Orthopaedics division. The hip implants are known as DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant and have similar problems as the earlier recalled ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Allegations of the hip replacement devices defects include:
Increased risk of metallosis which occurs when debris from the metal surface builds up in the periprosthetic soft tissues around the implant. The release of microscopic metallic ions of cobalt and chromium into the body creates an autoimmune response where the immune system identifies and attacks the foreign substances causing inflammation in the soft tissues.
- Synovitis can result from the inflamed tissues caused by the metallosis. Synovitis usually causes severe pain due to the joint not rotating properly. Patients may experience difficulty in standing or walking, or even total loss of mobility.
- Dislocation or loosening of the hip implant.
- High rate of failure as a result of the metal-on-metal parts rubbing against each other causing the implant to break down.
- Increased need for additional surgeries for revision purposes.
DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, received approval for the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant prior to conducting premarket testing under the 510(k) approval process. The 510(k) allows expedited approval based on a new product being a “substantial equivalent” to older hip replacement implants. However, numerous patients have suffered pain and early failure from the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement. DePuy Synthes has been made aware of the increasing number of patient complaints related to the DePuy Pinnacle, but have not recalled the device or released a warning regarding the possible complications.
DePuy Hip Replacement Lawyers
The Savage Law Firm is currently reviewing individual claims and potential DePuy Pinnacle class-action lawsuits. Our product liability attorneys have the experience and dedication to face corporate giants and their insurance companies. It appears that the manufacturer has placed profits over the safety and comfort of the patient as they continue to market the potentially defective product.
Expert Attorneys for DePuy Hip Replacement Cases
If you or someone you care for has endured harmful side-effects from a hip replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation through litigation. Request a free consultation with The Savage Law Firm’s DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant lawyers. There is never a fee unless we successfully recover damages for our client.