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Lawsuit Filed Against DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant

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The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas against DePuy Orthopaedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson on behalf of a West Virginia man who suffered pain and elevated metal ion levels in his blood allegedly from the Pinnacle hip implant device.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff received the Pinnacle hip device in June 2010, and experienced complications and injury that he did not know were related to the device until the fall of that year, by which time the plaintiff was in severe pain and suffering from elevated levels of cobalt in his blood.

According to the lawsuit, the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip device was approved by the FDA through the 510(k) program, which allows a medical device to speed through the approval process without thorough testing, as long as the device is proven to be “substantially equivalent” to a device that is already on the market.

The lawsuit claims that had the Pinnacle device undergone adequate testing, then complications such biological toxicity, metallosis, and the early and high failure rate would have been apparent.

The lawsuit seeks damages for past, present, and future physical and metal pain and suffering, with past, present, and future medical, hospital, rehabilitative, and pharmaceutical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Filed Against DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant was posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 9:07 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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