Our Florida hip implant law firm is working directly with the DePuy Pinnacle Multidistric Litigation (MDL) Case No. 2244 in Dallas, Texas. My friend and co-counsel, Shezad Malik, is a Dallas Attorney and Medical Doctor and has worked with me on many complex medical malpractice cases as well as the BP Oil Spill claims. The DePuy Pinnacle AcetbabularCup System is a “metal-on-metal” hip implant system very similar to the DePuy ASR system that has been recalled. Patients having received DePuy Hip Implants have experienced abnormally high failure rates, excruciating pain.
Some of our clients have reported dangerously high levels of chromium and cobalt in their blood as a result of the grinding of the implant. The high levels can result in metal toxicity or metallosis. Excessive cobalt level (cobaltism) is known to cause serious organ damage. The consequences of cobaltism are tinnitus, vertigo, blindness, deafness, peripheral neuropathy, headaches, optic nerve atrophy, convulsions, cardiomyopathy, and hypothyroidism.
Many DePuy hip implant patients have required replacement or revision surgeries. For some reason health insurance companies are not agreeing to pay for the revisions without a fight. We are also assisting our clients in filing and obtaining social security disability and lost wages for the time lost at work.
The lawsuits against DePuy claim that the design of the Pinnacle was defective and the company failed to warn patients of the known defects. This goes to the root-cause of the failures which is most likely related to inadequate safety testing. U.S. District Judge, James Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas, has ordered specific procedures for the litigation.
The FDA has expressed its concern about metal-on-metal implant systems specifically and the risks of all implants systems. Patients who have metal-on-metal implants need to be especially aware of any heart or chest pain, numbness, weakness or change in vision or hearing. In addition, thyroids and kidney function should be monitored carefully. The FDA has also ordered all metal-on-metal hip device makers to immediately study whether implants have caused an increase in patient’s blood metal content or metallosis.
According to New York Times investigation the A.S.R or Articular Surface Replacement system also made by Johnson and Johnson’s DePuy is one of the most problematic devices on the market accounted for nearly 75f% of all complaints.
Our Miami Pinnacle hip implant lawyers recommend you to contact your physician immediately if you have undergone a hip implant procedure to determine whether you have received a DePuy hip implant. Contact our Florida hip implant law office for more information regarding metal-on-metal hip implants before signing any documents that may affect your rights with DePuy.