A Texas hip implant lawyer notes that hip implant device manufactures were aware of the risks associated with the defectively designed Pinnacle hip implant system but failed to properly notify the public, according to a Texas federal jury. Five plaintiffs who claimed they suffered severe injuries from the devices they had implanted were awarded $502 million. Patients who have suffered severe complications from metal hip replacements may be eligible to seek compensation with the assistance of a Texas metal hip replacement lawyer.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Texas today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Texas hip implant lawyer who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Report: DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits Keep Mounting
The plaintiffs in 8,900 cases involving an alleged defective DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant device have renewed hope now that a Dallas, Texas, federal jury has awarded a large verdict to five others making similar allegations. The Dallas Morning News reports that the plaintiffs claim the device at the center of the lawsuits, the Pinnacle prosthetics system, causes an array of serious medical issues, among them tissue loss and bone erosion. It is also prone to premature failure.
The five Texans were awarded a combined $502 million in settlement money, $142 million in actual damages and $360 million in punitive damages. They asserted that, not only was the device defective, but also that its manufacturer, DePuy, and DePuy’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson, were aware of its defects and failed to properly notify the public. To date, the hip implant device has not been recalled, and the nearly 9,000 pending cases involving the Pinnacle hip system are expected to begin in fall 2016, the website reported.
How a Texas Hip Implant Lawyer Can Help
Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
Patients who are injured by metal-on-metal hip replacements may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- The permanency of the injury
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Loss of income or ability to work
If a patient dies from complications related to a defective metal-on-metal hip replacement, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
- Funeral expenses
Patients who have suffered severe complications from metal-on-metal hip replacements, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the device, are encouraged to seek the advice of an Texas hip implant lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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