Metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip recipients who experienced metal poisoning may be eligible to file a hip replacement lawsuit to seek compensation.
Johnson and Johnson (J&J) issued a hip replacement recall in 2010 that affected its popular DePuy ASR total hip replacement system. J&J made the decision after receiving reports about higher than expected early failure rates. A large number of patients were required to undergo a hip revision surgery after being diagnosed with metal poisoning. The grinding of the metal-on-metal components caused the device to corrode and infect the bloodstream with metal debris.
Other metal-on-metal manufacturers received similar reports. Stryker issued a voluntary hip implant recall in July 2012. In November 2014 a Stryker hip implant lawsuit settlement providing a $300,000 base award per recipient was announced.
Biomet recipients also filed hip replacement lawsuits. Despite no official recall, Biomet agreed to provide $200,000 to recipients of failed implants.
J&J proposed a settlement for the DePuy ASR in November 2013, awarding $250,000 to claimants diagnosed with metallosis that required a revision. However, justice has not yet been brought to everyone injured by a DePuy hip.
J&J also received reports about metal poisoning caused by the metal-on-metal model of its Pinnacle hip implant system. J&J did not issue a recall for the Pinnacle system, but removed the device from the market in 2013. There has been no settlement to provide compensation for patients injured by the Pinnacle to date. Anyone who believes they experienced metallosis from the Pinnacle is urged to file a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit to seek compensation.