As if complications alleged in individual DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip lawsuits weren’t bad enough, attorneys found recently that surgeons may be ‘mixing and matching’ components from different implants and passing them off as one.

According to an October 5th report from the Telegraph, at least ten patients who allegedly received this kind of makeshift hip have been identified by lawyers, and are now pursuing potential cases. Oftentimes, the parts don’t fit together properly, and lead to more metal debris breaking off and shedding into the blood stream, claimants allege. These individuals had the implants removed after less than five years, and didn’t know which ones they had.

A spokesperson for the British Orthopedic Association defended the ‘mixing and matching’ practice, but admits that it may be faulted in some cases.

“While some components match extremely well it has become clear that more modern cutting edge technologies can create critical combinations which have produced new problems, most notably, but not exclusively, metal surfaces which move very slightly,” he said. “Very minor design or material differences have created unexpected clashes magnified by the extreme use we expect from our joints.

That’s to say the least. An attorney referenced in the Telegraph article said the patients he’s spoken with have needed revision surgery to help rid them of the pain, immobility and other side effects that have resulted from their original procedure. “It has ruined lives,” he said.

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits Allege Device Failure Problems

Problems with metal hip replacements not only derive from surgeons fusing different parts to make a single joint. Complications from a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement have been alleged in thousands of lawsuits now filed in the U.S., for example, and are now pending in a federal litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. There, the proceeding’s first trial began at the beginning of September, and involves claims brought by a plaintiff who alleges premature device failure stemming from metallosis (metal ion poisoning), a condition that resulted from elevated cobalt blood serum levels.  A Case List updated on September 15th indicates that 6,800 DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits are also pending in the jurisdiction. Plaintiffs in these cases underwent device removal surgery after their implants failed significantly earlier than the length of their purported life span, which is 15-to-20 years.

Thousands of claims have also been filed over the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip, which was recalled in 2005 for excessively high rates of premature failure.

Consider a Metal Hip Lawsuit

Contact our Firm for more information about metal-on-metal hips, and find out if you may be eligible to file a DePuy ASR or DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuit, or another claim involving a similar device. Call our Firm now at (877) 779-1414.

Published October 7, 2014 by