A federal jury found that Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, manufactured defective hip implant systems and failed to warn the consumers of the risks. This one lawsuit is one of more than 8,000 that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson. The verdict on Thursday, December 1, 2016 came in the third set of cases dealing with these Pinnacle hip implant devices, with the second producing an earlier $500 million verdict, which was eventually reduced to $151 million. Due to the amount of DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits that have been filed, it is expected that additional verdicts of this magnitude will continue to flood the courtrooms all across America.
What Did These DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuits Claim?
The six plaintiffs who were implanted with the hip devices claimed in their lawsuits that they experienced tissue death, bone erosion and other serious injuries due to flaws in the design of the Pinnacle hip implant system.
They also claimed in their filing that both Johnson & Johnson and DePuy sold the devices as “more efficient and better-constructed than devices that include ceramic or plastic materials.” Mark Lanier, attorney for the six plaintiffs recently stated in a Fortune.com article that this award is “a message loud and clear” that J&J has “a really nasty part of their business they need to clean up.”
How Can I Find Out Which Implanted Hip Device Brand I Have Received?
There are several steps to take in order to identify which type of hip implant was used in your hip replacement surgery:
- First, call your surgeon’s office and obtain a copy of the operative report. This is the report dictated by the surgeon that describes each step taken during the surgery from beginning to end. The surgeon will usually identify and describe the type of implants used in detail.
- Second, obtain copies of the product ID stickers. Typically, a DePuy Pinnacle salesperson will be on site at the clinic during the surgery to make sure the surgeon has all of the parts and components needed for the surgery. All of these parts come in separate boxes that have product ID stickers on them. Once the surgeon finds the correct size implant for the patient, the sticker is taken from the box and placed on all of the surgical paperwork to document which parts were used.
- Using the information from the operative report as well as the product ID stickers, you can then identify the parts in your hip implant and see if they are on the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant recall list.
Contact a DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one undergone revision surgery because of this implant, you should talk to an attorney about your legal options. Our law firm is currently investigating the DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System and we are working with experienced hip replacement lawyers across the country, who are willing to file lawsuits to get you the money you deserve. There are no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Feel free to call 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online in confidence.