The Pinnacle Hip System was designed by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. to help provide patients suffering from hip problems with a more fluid range of natural motion. It has been marketed as “one of the most widely used and clinically successful” hip replacement systems, and has been provided for more than one million patients since its release in 2000.
If you received a Pinnacle hip implant expecting an improvement in your quality of life after your hip surgery, but were sorely disappointed by the numerous post-operative side effects, you are not alone. More and more lawsuits in the U.S. are being filed against the manufacturer for this reason. If you decide to sue as well, the Alexander Law Firm will represent you.
The metal-on-metal design of the Pinnacle devices is similar to that of the DePuy ASR hip replacement system, which was already recalled by DePuy due to its high failure rate. The following are the common problems that Pinnacle lawsuits are claiming to be associated with the design:
- Loosening of the implant
- Necrosis or soft tissue damage
- Osteolysis or bone damage
- Fluid collections or pseudo tumors
- Elevated cobalt and chromium levels in the blood
- Severe radiating pain
- Difficulty standing or walking, limited mobility
- Revision surgery (second surgery needed to correct or replace implant)
These complications can be caused by the rubbing of metal parts against each other, creating metal shavings that can contaminate surrounding tissue. The metal particles can also enter the bloodstream and raise the levels of cobalt and chromium ions in the blood, causing toxicity.
Complaints from all over the country from individuals injured by the Pinnacle hip implant are growing steadily. More than 1,800 lawsuits have already been filed against the manufacturer as of 2012. The thousands suing DePuy are seeking compensation, including coverage of hospital costs for the revision surgery needed to repair the damage that the Pinnacle hip system has done.
The Alexander Law Firm will thoroughly, completely, and competently investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. Our lawyers are highly experienced in representing personal injury cases in court, and will advise you if you decide to negotiate a settlement.
At the Alexander Law Firm, initial consultations are free, and we ask for no legal fees or court costs until you win your case. Please call 1-800-350-5110 and then press 0 to speak with one of our injury attorneys.