Parilman & Associates – DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Lawyers
Hip replacement recall lawsuits have been filed by more than 5,000 plaintiffs against DePuy Orthopaedics, and people all over the United States are claiming that they suffered terrible injuries as a result of using these controversial products. Some of these hip replacement lawsuits relate directly to the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement, and despite all of these claims that product remains available on the market for doctors to implant into the bodies of consumers. Many people who had used a previous artificial hip model manufactured by this company also filed hip replacement recall lawsuits, only adding to the problems faced by the manufacturer.
The problems relating to the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement are unfortunately similar to those relating to the DePuy ASR hip replacement, and that model also generated hip replacement lawsuits from plaintiffs around the United States that led to its recall. These problems involve the failure of the unit to function properly, and specific examples of suffering endured by those using the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement include:
- Severe hip joint pain
- Fracturing of the metal-on-metal joint
- The release of metal fragments into the circulatory system
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty standing
- Metal poisoning
- Corrective surgeries
Obviously, undergoing additional hip surgeries in order to correct the problems with the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement involves unnecessary pain and suffering and additional expense. Many people who have filed hip replacement lawsuits have also alleged that they suffered severe reactions to metal poisoning, which was also a common claim in the hip replacement recall lawsuits filed in relation to DePuy’s ASR product.
Symptoms of metal poisoning, also known as metallosis, are varied given that people tend to react differently to high levels of chromium in their systems. Chromium is the metal that drifted into the circulatory systems of many plaintiffs who filed hip replacement lawsuits, but some common examples of these symptoms include:
- Bone death/necrosis
- Hip pain
- Groin pain
- Development of tumors
There are other problems that can arise with metallosis, and some plaintiffs who filed hip replacement recall lawsuits never experienced outward symptoms until extreme damage had been done.
Hip Replacement Lawsuits and Your Legal Rights
As was the case with many people who filed hip replacement recall lawsuits because of problems with the DePuy ASR hip replacement, the manufacturer is defending its position aggressively despite the plethora of claims that have been filed. The reality of these situations is that while injured consumers may deserve the right to recover compensation, large corporations have resources at their disposal that can help to protect them from legal and ultimately financial liability. Consumers with no legal background and who are already suffering are generally not in a position to handle these matters alone.
That’s why you need to obtain legal help as soon as possible if you find yourself in this position. You can do so by contacting the attorneys at Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.