We currently represent clients for defective hip implants, including a claim against DePuy Orthopedics.
DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, sold the Pinnacle implant to over 30,000 patients throughout the United States. Despite Johnson & Johnson's claim that the implant device was safe, a December 2010 study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma reported that Pinnacle devices had been failing prematurely in "significant" numbers. Friction of the metal hip ball and metal hip socket caused microscopic shavings and metal debris to be released into the tissue and bloodstream. These particulates caused severe inflammation, pain, tissue and bone loss, while blood metal poisoning resulted from levels of cobalt and chromium that greatly exceeded acceptable safety standards. Symptoms that a Pinnacle device may be defective include any of the following:
- Unexplained hip pain
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Loosening of the hip replacement
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Need for hip replacement revision surgery
- Tissue and bone loss
What Is Being Alleged
The FDA has received more than 1,300 adverse event reports associated with the Pinnacle device. Lawsuits against DePuy have alleged that the company is concealing the defect and has misrepresented the hip replacement as a safe and effective medical device. The Alaska Department of Health recently issued a warning of the toxicity of the Pinnacle device, identifying the need for medical monitoring and treatment. Great Britain's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency received thousands of reports of soft-tissue reactions and tumor growths following implant surgery, and has required physicians to closely monitor blood levels for cobalt and chromium ions and related soft-tissue reactions.
Attorney Bruce Newman is a partner at Brown Paindiris & Scott, and has been practicing law for more than 22 years. He concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, medical malpractice and workers' compensation, where he has represented individuals and self-insured entities. He has extensive experience representing plaintiffs in class action litigation, including the Proplast TMJ implant litigation and the Prudential Securities Litigation, and he has served as liaison counsel in national class action matters. He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is composed of select lawyers who have achieved million-dollar verdicts and settlements in personal injury and wrongful death cases. In addition to Connecticut, he has successfully tried cases in New York and California.
In addition to being a skilled advocate, attorney Newman is a compassionate litigator and strives to give his clients personalized attention through the prosecution and handling of their defective hip implant claims. This is of course vital since the lives of individuals and loved ones have been dramatically changed through no fault of their own. Furthermore, through his experience in representing over 1,000 personal injury victims, he is familiar with the unique nature of traumatic hip injuries, surgeries, revision surgery, metallosis and all long-term repercussions.
Contact Our DePuy Hip Replacement Attorneys
When your DePuy hip implant has failed and caused you further pain and injury, securing skilled and experienced representation that knows how to build the strongest case for you is essential to receiving full compensation. Attorney Bruce Newman of Brown Paindiris & Scott has decades of experience helping people create accountability. To schedule an initial consultation with our Hartford DePuy hip implants attorneys, call 860-266-4278 or toll free at 877-783-5367, or contact us online.