According to statistics, more than 150,000 Americans have received a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement. These metal-on-metal implants are designed to help increase mobility while simultaneously reducing pain. However, court documents indicate that Pinnacle recipients have filed more than 3,000 lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics for producing an allegedly defective product. Patients claim to have suffered complications including pain, infection, tissue damage, dislocation, metal poisoning, fractures, and difficulty walking.
You may be eligible to file a Colorado DePuy hip replacement lawsuit if you or a loved one was fitted with the Pinnacle implant and experienced complications that you feel were caused by the device. Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today for more information about your options and to schedule a free case evaluation.
What is the Pinnacle?
DePuy announced that the Pinnacle is similar to its ASR metal-on-metal hip implant because both are designed to help improve mobility and reduce chronic pain. However, the company pulled its ASR device from the market after patients began to report that the device was failing as soon as two years after implantation. According to patients, the components in metal-on-metal implants like the Pinnacle can potentially rub against one another during daily activities, releasing metal ions into the bloodstream and potentially causing metallosis, or metal poisoning. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created a panel in June 2012 to investigate the possible risks and complications of metal-on-metal hip replacement implants.
DePuy Fails to Issue Recall
While DePuy issued a voluntary recall in August 2010 for its ASR all-metal hip replacement device, the company did not remove its Pinnacle line from the market, despite it being similar in design and function to the ASR. Both implants were approved via the FDA’s 510(k) process, which approves devices if they are similar in design and function to devices already on the market.
You should consider filing a Colorado DePuy hip replacement lawsuit if you experienced one or more of the following adverse effects or complications:
- Trouble walking
- Decreased range of motion
- Implant failure
- Clicking noises
- Severe pain and discomfort
- Removal or revision procedures
Many recipients required additional surgeries to repair or replace the device after it failed earlier than expected, resulting in medical expenses and more recovery time. Filing a Colorado DePuy hip replacement lawsuit can help you recover the costs you incurred due to additional and unexpected medical procedures.
Have You Suffered Complications With a DePuy Pinnacle Implant?
Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today if you or a loved one was fitted with one of DePuy’s hip replacement devices and subsequently suffered from complications such as early device failure. In a free, no-obligation consultation, Attorney Group for Colorado can evaluate your case to help you determine whether you are eligible to file a Colorado DePuy hip replacement lawsuit. If you are, you can be connected with an affiliated attorney. He or she can file a Colorado DePuy hip replacement lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process. Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today.