The number of lawsuits filed in the absence of a Pinnacle hip recall continues to increase steadily in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, where more than 6,200 claims have now been filed in the federal litigation, court documents indicate.

A Master Case List updated on June 5th indicates that 6,218 Pinnacle hip lawsuits have now been filed in the proceeding, which includes cases over a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. Since the Court’s last update in April, that translates to 429 more case filings, which indicates that individuals who were allegedly injured by the hip replacement are continuing to allege pain, swelling, symptoms associated with metallosis and other side effects of the hip device.

According to lawsuits, the version of the Pinnacle hip replacement that includes a metal Ultamet liner has the potential to shed metal debris into the blood stream. This may lead to a condition known as metallosis, which can also result in the formation of pseudotumors, early hip failure and other complications.

Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits Allege Metallosis, Early Hip Failure

Roughly a year ago, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics announced its plans to cease sales of the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle and other similar implants. The company stressed that its decision did not constitute a Pinnacle hip recall, but was driven by slowing consumer demand for the products. DePuy’s action was taken in May 2013, just a few months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health warning about the dangers of metal-on-metal hip devices, as they may be more prone to early device failure complications than other hip replacement types. The January 2013 alert also noted the FDA’s plans to consider new rules for governing the safety of all-metal implants that would subject the devices to greater regulatory oversight.

In addition to Pinnacle hip cases filed in the Northern District of Texas, court records indicate that similar claims have been filed in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, as well as in Indiana, where company is based. A number of lawsuits have also been filed in the U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey.

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Published June 13, 2014 by