DePuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hips

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History Of DePuy Pinnacle Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, some of the world’s largest medical device companies sought to “revolutionize”, or more appropriately “re-revolutionize”, total hip replacement by manufacturing and selling “new” metal-on-metal hip implant devices for use in total hip replacement surgery, a technology that had been developed in the 1950s and 1960s which resulted in catastrophic failures. These “new” metal-on-metal hip implants were component-based, modular hip devices designed to use a metal femoral head (ball) that articulates - or rubs - against a thin metal liner inside an acetabulum cup affixed to the pelvis to mimic the natural motion and utility of the human DePuy Pinnacle Metal-On-Metal Hip Implanthip.  One of the companies who sought to “re-revolutionize” hip replacement surgery by designing, manufacturing and selling metal-on-metal hip implants was Johnson and Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. with its Pinnacle Ultamet metal-on-metal hip implant. 

DePuy's Pinnacle Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Problems

However, for tens of thousands of hip replacement patients in the United States, history repeated itself and just like the old metal-on-metal hip implants, the “new“ metal-on-metal hip implants, like DePuy’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip device (as well as the company’s other metal-on-metal ASR hip device), began to prematurely fail at alarming rates, causing severe and debilitating pain, shedding of metal debris and particles in the body, metal toxicity, adverse tissue reaction, tissue death, bone destruction and death, and the need for a revision (or re-do) surgery to remove the metal-on-metal hip implant components and replace them with other alternatives, such as metal-on-polyethylene and ceramic-on-polyethylene. Though there has been no official recall of the device, and amidst countless complaints about injuries stemming from the metal-on-metal articulation, DePuy Orthopaedics voluntarily quit manufacturing and selling the Pinnacle Ultamet metal-on-metal implant in 2013.

Chances are that when your doctor told you that you needed hip replacement surgery, you thought the operation would bring you newfound mobility and freedom from joint pain. However, for many patients, this is not the case. Patients nationwide are experiencing devastating problems with their Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants, and many have undergone revision surgery or are facing revision surgery and a long, painful healing process. You may not have known that your metal-on-metal hip implant was going to fail and cause you debilitating pain, but you should know your legal rights. 

Neblett, Beard & Arsenault’s medical device attorneys have extensive and intimate experience litigating metal-on-metal hip implant cases, especially Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants. Neblett, Beard & Arsenault’s own Richard Arsenault currently serves on the Plaintiff Executive Committee of the DePuy Pinnacle MDL, and has helped manage discovery for more than 9,000 pending lawsuits involving the DePuy Pinnacle hip, as well as litigate and try over a dozen individual bellwether plaintiff cases resulting in over $1.75 billion in jury verdicts.

Legal Help for Recipients of DePuy Pinnacle Device

If you or a loved one has been implanted with the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip device, have had to undergo hip revision surgery or have been told that your metal-on-metal hip implant may need to be replaced, and you would like an attorney to investigate whether you may have a potential claim for compensation, please contact our lawyers today. The medical device attorneys at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault will review your case for free and without any obligation to hire us.  Call 1-800-256-1050, or submit an online request.

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Litigation Summary

Nearly 10,000 lawsuits involving the DePuy Pinnacle hip device are pending in multi-district litigation centralized in federal court in Dallas, TX (DePuy Pinnacle MDL 2244).  To date, there have been three multi-plaintiff bellwether trials conducted in the DePuy Pinnacle MDL. 

The first multi-plaintiff bellwether trial involved 5 Texas plaintiffs, each of whom received the Pinnacle Ultamet metal-on-metal hip device and were required to undergo revision surgery.  The trial was conducted from January to March 2016, resulting in a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiffs totaling $502 million.

The second multi-plaintiff bellwether trial involving 6 California plaintiffs was conducted in Fall 2016, resulting in a jury verdict totaling $1.04 billion. The third, and most recent, multi-plaintiff bellwether trial involving 6 New York plaintiffs ended in Fall 2017, resulting in a total verdict of $247 million.  The second and third bellwether trial verdicts are currently on appeal before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Richard J. Arsenault
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