Plaintiffs in these cases similarly allege pain, swelling, a loss of mobility and other symptoms associated with metallosis (metal ion poisoning) that resulted from implantation of the device.
Plaintiffs allege consumers were inadequately warned about these risks by DePuy Orthopaedics, owned by Johnson & Johnson. DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits further allege that the device shares flaws with the company’s ASR hip implant, which was recalled in August 2010 for unusually high rates of premature device failure and question whether the Pinnacle should have been recalled.
In May 2014 DePuy Orthopaedics discontinued the Pinnacle Hip Replacement, cited slowing demand for its metal-on-metal implants as the reason for its decision to pull them, rather than safety concerns. Individuals who were allegedly injured by the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.