DePuy Orthopaedics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical devices, has experienced scrutiny as of late because of its Pinnacle hip replacement system. The Pinnacle is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system that was first marketed for sale in 2003. There have been concerns over the system’s premature loosening.
Another problem that could be common to all metal-on-metal hip replacement systems is the risk of patients suffering from metal toxicity, also called “metallosis.” Metal toxicity occurs when metals build up in the sufferer’s body to abnormally high levels. The metal-on-metal nature of such hip replacement systems may cause pieces of metal to flake off and embed themselves in the tissue surrounding the device or enter the blood stream. When metal toxicity sets in, the sufferer usually will have a sense of disorientation or depression.
Several plaintiffs have already filed lawsuits against DePuy regarding the Pinnacle hip replacement system. One plaintiff who filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California petitioned the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate the cases into one sole Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). MDL expedites the litigation process for multiple plaintiffs that have a similar claim against one defendant by consolidating the pretrial procedures such as discovery into one action.
While there has yet to be a Pinnacle recall, it can never be too soon to prepare for potential litigation if you have been harmed by a defective product. The attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group can help you organize your thoughts prior to filing your claim, as they collectively have more than 25 years of experience representing their clients’ rights against negligent corporations. For a free consultation with RLG, please fill out this brief form or call 1 (888) 976-8529.