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A Closer Look at the Two Bellwether Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuits to Start Sept. 1

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In a matter of days, the first two bellwether Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits will get underway before Judge Ed Kinkeade in a court in the Northern District of Texas (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244).

In this blog, we will take a closer look at the facts and issues of these cases. It’s important to point out that, in addition to the bellwether cases scheduled to start on September 1, 2014, there have been four other bellwether Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits selected for this MDL, and these other cases have been scheduled to get underway in November 2014 and January 2015.

The Facts in the First of the Two Bellwether Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuits

The first case has been filed on behalf of a woman from Montana who reportedly had a Pinnacle metal-on-metal (MoM) hip device implanted to replace her right hip in September 2006 and another Pinnacle device implanted to replace her left hip in April 2007.

By June 2010, the woman was diagnosed with metallosis, which was likely the result of the two MoM hip implants in her body (specifically, the metal components rubbing together and releasing chromium and cobalt ions into the woman’s bloodstream).

While the woman reportedly had her left hip implant removed in the summer of 2010, by December 2010, the right hip implant reportedly failed, requiring her to undergo another revision surgery to remove this failed implant.

Unfortunately, this second revision surgery did not sufficiently treat the woman’s serious hip implant complications, as she ended up having to undergo yet another revision surgery in June 2011 and then had to undergo various medical procedures to treat her serious post-operative infections. This woman, according to court documents, is currently living with permanent impairments due to her hip implant complications.

The Facts of the Second Bellwether Case

In the second of the two Pinnacle hip implant lawsuits selected to be among the first bellwether cases, the plaintiff – also a woman from Montana – reportedly also suffered from metallosis and premature hip implant failure after having two Pinnacle hip devices implanted in 2009 (one to replace each hip). This plaintiff reportedly had to undergo at least two revisions surgeries to treat her serious hip implant complications and, like the previous plaintiff, is living with irreversible injuries due to use of the defective Pinnacle hip implant.

As these cases get underway, we will continue to bring you the latest updates regarding their progress. If you or your loved one has been injured due to use of a defective hip implant, contact George McLaughlin today to learn more about your rights.

Product Liability & Hip Replacement Lawyer George McLaughlin

George McLaughlin, a partner of the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C., has more than thirty years of experience handling product liability claims at the national level. His focus on modular neck fracture cases makes him the go-to attorney in the United States for these claims.

As an experienced modular neck fracture attorney, Mr. McLaughlin possesses the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to assert your rights and ensure that you receive the full measure of compensation to which you are entitled.

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