Pinnacle Hip Lawsuit

A Premier Hip Suit

In Re DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., Pinnacle Hip Injury Litigation, 11-MD- 2244, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Fort Worth), the plaintiff brought this suit against Pinnacle Hip Product LLC and its president, Robert J. Traxler. The complaint alleged that Pinnacle representatives promoted the metal-on-minerals hip implants to patients as a wonder therapy that would solve everything from hip pain to flatulence but then failed to disclose all of the risks, such as the possibility of significant side effects, until after the surgery. In addition, the complaint further alleged that Pinnacle failed to warn patients of the risk of recurrence following the procedure, even advising them that “if you don’t get back to your doctor after six months, you may suffer permanent damage or death.” The complaint further alleged that Pinnacle did not inform patients of the risk of their metal implants falling out during use and during the process of the lawsuit. Finally, the complaint noted that Pinnacle did not conduct proper clinical trials to support the effectiveness and safety of their metal-on-minerals hip product.

Dr. Traxler is a practicing medical doctor who holds appointments at the Texas College of Ophthalmology, Lubbock Texas Health Science Center, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is currently the president and co-chairman of the board of directors for the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Additionally, he is a practicing plastic surgeon and a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Traxler is not a practicing attorney, so it is not clear what role he might have in the management or monitoring of the case that will be before the court.

In addition to seeking damages for the Pinnacle Hip lawsuit, plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for the reasons described above. They argue that because the manufacturer was aware of the potential for this type of injury and did nothing to prevent it, the company should be held responsible for injuries sustained by millions of women who have used its products over the last seven years. Further, plaintiffs contend that they are owed a substantial amount of money for those injuries and have been doing so since the time the company neglected to take reasonable steps to protect its customers. According to the complaint, “juries from using Pinnacle products over the last seven years have resulted in permanent or residual injuries which, if left untreated, may cause death.” The lawsuit further contends that it is entitled to damages based on “substantial and permanent harm.”

A spokesperson for Pinnacle emphasized in a statement to the press that the safety of its devices has been repeatedly confirmed and continues to be monitored by the FDA. Additionally, the spokesperson added that plaintiffs’ claims in the current case do not reflect the reality of the experience of many patients who undergo hip revision surgery using Pinnacle devices. Further, the spokesperson said that the invention was intended to provide patients with a better way to stand up straight and remain healthy during their work. Hip resurfacing is not intended to provide relief from pain and is not a substitute for hip surgery, he added. If you are a plaintiff in the current litigation, seeking additional information about your rights and whether or not you may be eligible for a Pinnacle Hip Settlement, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.

Over the course of the last decade, there have been at least six major injuries caused by defective hip straps. Some of these included anterior cruciate ligament injuries, spondylolisthesis, dislocated kneecaps, patellar subluxation, herniated disks, and spinal stenosis. These cases have been combined into a class-action lawsuit that is now going before a jury. If you believe you are among the hundreds of Americans suffering from one of the complications of Pinnacle chairs or other similar hospital equipment, contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.

A portion of the current case involves the use of a metal coating known as zinc around the hinges. Zinc is commonly used to guard against metal poisoning, but a study conducted by the U.S Food and Drug Administration indicated that the metal coating could present a risk of developing metallosis. This would result in tissue damage that would impair or even prevent the body from functioning properly again. The manufacturer is being accused of negligence in allowing the zinc to reach certain levels in their products, and for failing to warn consumers of the potential hazards.

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