In the Northern District of Texas, five lawsuits over the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant have been consolidated into one bellwether trial before federal Judge Ed Kinkeade. Over the past four weeks, jurors have been hearing arguments over whether the metal hip implant is to blame for injuries such as metal poisoning. Plaintiffs in the litigation, as with other cases over metal-on-metal hip implants, allege the implant fails at high rates and sheds metal debris.
In 2010, DePuy issued a global recall of its ASR metal-on-metal hip implants because the devices were failing at higher rates than expected. In other words, patients who received the ASR experienced complications within a relatively short period of time resulting in a second surgery, known as a revision surgery, to remove the implant. The ASR recall brought concerns over metal-on-metal hip implants to light, and thousands of lawsuits have been filed. DePuy Orthopaedics created a settlement program in 2013 to handle ASR injury claims. More More Expert Witnesses Testify in DePuy Pinnacle Trial