Even though DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. has not recalled its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, that has not stopped 723 new DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits from being included into ongoing federal multidistrict litigation during the month of August. As of August 31, 2012, the number of federal lawsuits pending before the Honorable James E. Kinkeade of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas topped 2,500.

In addition to the surge of lawsuits included in the federal DePuy Pinnacle hip litigation during the past month, on August 14, 2012, Judge Kinkeade issued a Case Management Order setting forth deadlines for pretrial matters so that the first bellwether – or test – case in the federal DePuy Pinnacle hip litigation will be ready for trial by September 14, 2014. The term bellwether derives from an English term referring to a gelded ram with a bell around his neck, whose purpose is to lead the rest of his flock of sheep.

If you have experienced any of the below side effects after being implanted with a Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement system, you too might be able to file a lawsuit:

  • metallosis;
  • hip replacement failure; and/or
  • revision surgery.

Many people who were implanted with DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacements have developed metallosis, a condition defined by metallic debris in the bloodstream. Keep in mind, though, that this dangerous side effect can manifest itself outside of the hip region, so it’s important to keep an eye out for the following symptoms if you have a DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement:

  • Chest pain and shortness of breath (related to heart);
  • Numbness, weakness or change in hearing or vision (related to nerves);
  • Fatigue, weight gain (related to thyroid); and
  • Change in urination habits (related to kidneys)

If you think you might be experiencing any of the above side effects, you may be eligible to file a DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuit against the manufacturer. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively evaluating and investigating claims on behalf of individuals who received Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant systems. Learn more about DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits by perusing our website or by contacting us directly at (877) 779-1414.

Published September 10, 2012 by