Lawsuit Ends in DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Case

A $247 million verdict has been rendered in a recent case alleging severe hip implant injuries.

The DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuit was considered a Bellwether case for many who have been pursuing injury claims against the manufacturer of the Pinnacle hip implant. Six plaintiffs were awarded $247 million as a result of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant verdict. According to the lawsuit, the manufacturer allegedly sold a defective implant and did not appropriately warn patients and the medical community.

Thousands of Suits Filed Regarding DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant

More than 9,000 product liability lawsuits similar to this DePuy Pinnacle hip implant legal claim have been filed across the country. Each of these claims allege that the plaintiffs who received the hip implants to help them with problems experienced catastrophic failure of the hip replacement.

Allegedly, the metal on metal design of the Pinnacle hip implant is at fault for the severe injuries caused to plaintiffs. The trial ended on Thursday and a jury determined that Johnson & Johnson and the orthopedic subsidiary knew about the dangers of the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, but failed to warn plaintiffs about the potential risks such that the plaintiffs could not make a reasonable decision about whether or not to proceed with the procedure.

The jury gave a combined total of $79 million to the plaintiffs in that particular lawsuit in addition to $160 million in punitive damages intended to punish the manufacturer for the reckless disregard for consumer safety. Previously, manufacturer Johnson & Johnson agreed to paying more than $2.4 billion to settle other DePuy ASR metal implant lawsuits.

DePuy is one of the biggest companies in the world for the production of medical devices. The FDA received hundreds of complaints about the Pinnacle Hip Implant, however, due to concerns over poor function and design. The product is made with a metal-on-metal design, which was originally intended to enhance the durability of the product. However, the metal can break down and migrate throughout the body, ultimately causing serious complications and pain for the patient. This is the last version of a metal-on-metal hip implant from DePuy and has not been available since 2013, but some patients who had it implanted prior to that point may still be suffering the side effects.

This hip system was ultimately recalled as a result of defective design. However, this is the first Pinnacle case to be settled by the manufacturer directly.

If you or someone you know believes you have suffered injuries associated with the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, you could have grounds to pursue a legal claim after scheduling a consultation with an experienced attorney to talk through your case. The attorneys at Bradley/Grombacher are currently investigating claims of those who have been seriously injured by the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. Schedule your free consultation today to discuss your case.

Note: Bradley/Grombacher is not representing the plaintiff in this lawsuit.