Pinnacle Hip Implant

  • Hip Implant-Medical Record Review & Outsourcing Services

DePuy Synthes, acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 1998 is one of the orthopedic franchises involved in manufacturing, designing, marketing products for repairing, reconstructing, correcting, various bone fractures and joint deformities. DePuy provides following product for Hip Replacement Surgery: DePuy Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) Hip Resurfacing System, ASR XL Acetabular System for total hip replacement and Pinnacle hip replacement system being their top hip replacement products.

The DePuy Pinnacle was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. The 510(k) approval was based on similarities to the other implant and hence did not undergo the usual safety tests. ASR and ASR XL have been recalled in 2010 for its failure, whereas the sales of metal Ultamet liner ended in May 2013. However, the sales of Pinnacle hips made from other materials were not affected.

DePuy stated the reason for failure as component loosening, infection, dislocation, component malalignment, fracture of the bone, metal sensitivity and pain. Additional complications include bone staining, necrosis, swelling, increased metal ion levels in the blood, nerve damage, tissue damage and/or muscle damage.

hip-implant Here's our take on the "Hip Implant Litigation."
An Insider Look: Hip Implant Litigation

Serious Alleged Injuries may include:

  • Premature loosening
  • Severe pain
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Limited mobility
  • Infection
  • Bone, joint, muscle or neurological damage
  • Instability when standing or putting weight on the Pinnacle Hip Implant

FDA Safety Warnings:

February 2016

According to a final order published by FDA, all manufacturers of metal-on-metal total hip implants were required to stop marketing their devices and submit premarket approval applications effective May 2016. The approval was based on sufficient valid scientific evidence to reasonably assure that the device is safe and effective for use. There are no FDA-approved MoM total hip replacement devices marketed for use in the U.S.

May 2011

The FDA issued 522 orders instructing all five U.S. manufacturers of MoM total hip replacement devices on the market at that time, to conduct a postmarket surveillance study of their devices.

Legal Updates:

Defendants: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.; DePuy Products, Inc.; DePuy International, Limited; Johnson & Johnson; and Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.

Defendant Law Firm: E. Leon Carter of Carter Arnett PLLC, Steven W. Quattlebaum of Quattlebaum Grooms & Tull PLLC, Tracie J. Renfroe of King & Spalding LLP, and John H. Beisner, Stephen J. Harburg and Jessica Davidson Miller of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

Allegations: Allegations include that the company sold defective artificial hips and misled patients about their dangers.

Plaintiff Steering Committee

Seventeen attorneys from across the country make up the plaintiffs’ steering committee:

  • Franklin D. Azar of Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C.

  • Thomas P. Cartmell of Wagstaff & Cartmell, LLP

  • John R. Climaco of Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., LPA

  • Ben Gordon of Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.

  • Lawrence J. Gornick of Levin, Simes, Kaiser & Gornick LLP

  • Jeff Grand of Bernstein Liebhard, LLP

  • Marc D. Grossman of The Sanders Firm

  • Steve Harrison of Harrison, Davis, Steakley & Morrison, PC

  • Don Migliori of Motley Rice

  • Trent Miracle of The Simmons Firm

  • Jerold S. Parker of Parker, Waichman & Alonso

  • John M. Restaino of The Restaino Law Firm

  • Peter Samberg of Weitz Luxenburg

  • Jane Lamberti Sams of The Cochran Law Firm

  • Christopher A. Seeger of Seeger Weiss LLP

  • Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli BernRipka Shkolnik, LLP

  • Navan Ward of Beasley Allen Law Firm

Lawsuit Status:

Nearly 11,000 lawsuits have been filed against DePuy over ASR and Pinnacle hip implant defects. The Pinnacle hip lawsuits are consolidated before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade since 2011 (MDL 3:11-MD-02244, In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation)

Important Verdicts & Settlements:

May 2019

Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $1 billion to resolve claims involving personal injury linked to the usage of a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics. As per this recent agreement with Texas juries, more than 95 percent of the 6,000 cases have been resolved.

Evidence:

  • Detailed Operative reports
  • Usage of Pinnacle Hip Implant
  • Implant Sticker and relevant details like Product Code, Manufacturer, Lot number
  • Follow-up complications and their treatment after Pinnacle Hip Implant insertion

Medical Record Review and claim validation of Pinnacle Hip Implant case should take approximately 3 hours in most instances; however, this approximation may vary in cases based on the volume of records.

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