A North Valley Stream, NY couple has filed a DePuy hip lawsuit, claiming the wife received a defective implant. Helen Goldmann and her husband Robert seek recovery for her bodily injuries, lost wages, physical and mental pain, past and future medical expenses, past and future pain and suffering, increased risk of future harm and permanent injury.
The plaintiff is a recipient of the implanted DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal total hip replacement system. She had the device implanted in her right hip on December 4, 2012. Afterwards, she began to experience severe pain, discomfort and inflammationaround the implant. According to the complaint, Mrs. Goldman suffered dislocation, disarticulation and/or a slipping feeling in the hip joint and a sensation that the Pinnacle device could not support her weight. Additionally, she also experienced significant metallosis. On November 4, 2014, the plaintiff was forced to have her prosthetic removed in a costly and painful hip revision surgery.
More than 6,000 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits filed…
In October 2014, a Dallas jury concluded that the Pinnacle hip implant is not defective, ruling against the plaintiff in the first bellwether case to go to trial — that of a Montana woman who claimed the implants leached cobalt and chromium material into her bloodstream, causing an infection that required surgical removal of the devices. The nine-member jury panel deliberated for more than 12 hours over a three-day span before rejecting the $1.5 million request for damages filed by 58-year-old Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli.
DePuy officials claimed the ruling was an affirmation that the company properly tested the implants prior to placing them on the market. Nonetheless, several several bellwether trials remain pending and a settlement may still prove beneficial to all parties.