The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, where hundreds of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc metal-on-metal Pinnacle Hip Implant device have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a New York man who allegedly suffered injuries after receiving a metal-on-metal Pinnacle Hip Implant.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff received a Pinnacle hip replacement in 2007, and has since caused him to suffer the extreme pain and elevated chromium and cobalt level in his blood. The suit says that the Pinnacle device “results in the systemic release of high levels of toxic metal cobalt-chromium ions into every hip implant patient’s tissue and bloodstream. The particles then accumulate in the patient’s tissue surrounding the implant, giving rise to metallosis, pseudotumors, or other conditions, and cause severe pain and discomfort, death of surrounding tissue and bone loss, and a lack of mobility.”
The lawsuit also says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received more than 1,300 adverse reports regarding problems with the Pinnacle Hip Replacement device. A study published in the March edition of The Lancet found a 6.2 percent chance patients with all-metal hips will need a replacement within five years. The authors of the study also reported that, “Metal-on-metal stemmed articulations give poor implant survival compared with other options and should not be implanted.”