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New DePuy Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit Filed in Texas

By John Curran


Hip implant lawsuitRaynard Lee Brown of South Carolina has sued a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary on several counts in a new DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuit filed in June. His complaint alleges that DePuy could not guarantee their medical device product’s safety and, in the face of hundreds of adverse reactions including failures, did not warn consumers or surgeons about the potential risks of using the artificial hip replacement.

His DePuy hip implant attorney focuses a great deal on the FDA 510(k) notification and approval process. It allows companies to bring a medical device onto the market with few or no clinical trials. Instead of advising the FDA of safety data, the company merely has to demonstrate that it is similar to a device that is already on the market. Brown’s hip implant lawsuit indicates severe doubts that there is a marked similarity between the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant and many other devices on the market.

Specifically, the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant and the older DePuy ASR both use cobalt and chromium elements that can wear down, leading to heavy metal shavings entering the body. While this can also cause metallosis side effects, the most common development is an allergic reaction that can lead to hip dislocation, which is what happened to Brown. While many patients undergo revision procedures to repair or remove the medical device, it is unclear whether not Brown has had one.

Still, even with that, dislocations occur over three times more often than without a revision. According to Brown’s DePuy metal hip implant lawsuit, the combination of the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary not testing the device properly or warning the public and medical community makes the company liable for civil counts of negligence, manufacturing and design defects, failure to warn, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of implied and expressed warranty as well as violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act

The DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuit case is Raynard Lee Brown v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., Case No 3:11-MD-2244-K, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas.

It was recently joined to the multidistrict litigation In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Device Implant Products Liability Litigation.

Men and women who have received a metal hip implant and suffered a device failure may be able to obtain a legal remedy that includes payments for medical bills, pain and suffering as well as other damages. The first step is to establish one’s eligibility to peruse a remedy. You can figure that out with a free consultation with the help of a metal hip implant lawsuit attorney. Simply fill out the short form at the Stryker Metal Hip Implant Recall Class Action Lawsuit Investigation today.

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Updated July 15th, 2013


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