More than 150,000 individuals across the U.S. have been fitted with the Pinnacle hip replacement device, a metal-on-metal implant designed to help reduce pain and increase patients’ mobility. However, according to court documents, patients have filed more than 3,000 Pinnacle lawsuits against the device’s manufacturer, DePuy Orthopaedics, after the implant allegedly caused them to suffer from severe complications such as dislocation, infection, metallosis, fracture, metal sensitivity, tissue damage, pain, and trouble walking.
You may be eligible to file a Kansas DePuy hip replacement lawsuit if you or someone you love received the Pinnacle implant and subsequently experienced adverse side effects or complications. Contact Attorney Group for Kansas today to learn more about your options and to determine whether you are eligible to file a Kansas DePuy hip replacement lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries.
Pinnacle Hip Implant Overview
The Pinnacle device is reportedly similar to the company’s ASR implant, a metal-on-metal system designed for the same purpose as the Pinnacle. However, in 2010, the DePuy ASR hip replacement implant was removed from the market following reports of an earlier-than-expected failure rate.
According to plaintiffs pursuing claims against the manufacturer, daily activities such as bending or walking may cause the metal components to grate against one another. This friction can potentially cause pieces of cobalt and chromium to be released into the patient’s bloodstream, putting the patient at an increased risk of suffering from metal poisoning, nervous system damage, dizziness, headaches, and other complications.
What Does the FDA Say?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created a panel in June 2012 with the purpose of investigating the potential dangers of the Pinnacle, ASR, and other metal-on-metal implants. According to reports, patients who had allegedly experienced complications as a result of these devices were given the opportunity to inform the FDA of the side effects and consequences following an implantation procedure.
ASR Recalled, Not Pinnacle
In August 2010, the DePuy ASR implant was pulled from the market after the company reportedly received reports of early failure rates. However, the company has not yet issued a recall for the Pinnacle, despite the fact that the latter is similar in design to the former. According to reports, the FDA approved both devices via the agency’s 510(k) process. This process allowed DePuy to release both products for public use without first submitting them to clinical trials because they were close enough in design and use to other products already on the market.
You may consider working with an attorney to file a Kansas DePuy hip replacement lawsuit if you suffered from one or more of the following complications:
- Trouble walking
- Clicking noises stemming from the joint
- Serious discomfort and pain
- Implant failure
- Decreased range of motion
- Revision or removal surgeries
An attorney can help you file your own Kansas DePuy hip replacement lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. Court documents indicate that many patients were required to undergo additional procedures to remove the allegedly defective devices. Filing a Kansas DePuy hip replacement lawsuit can help you recover costs associated with additional medical procedures.
Have You Been Fitted with a DePuy Hip Implant?
If you or someone you love experienced complications and you believe that the Pinnacle hip replacement device was the cause, you may be eligible to file a Kansas DePuy hip replacement lawsuit. Contact Attorney Group for Kansas today to learn more about pursuing your claim and to receive a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Kansas DePuy hip replacement lawsuit on your behalf. You may be entitled to seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and more. Call today.