Hip Recall Lawsuit League City, TX

Orthopaedic Group Urges Caution for Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement System Recipients

Hip Recall Lawsuit-Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement System Failures can Lead to Severe Health Issues Heavy metal poisoning isn’t something a hip replacement patient may consider a real danger, but it is. A story on a federal government medical information website notes that cobalt poisoning can be a side effect of the implantation of a metal-on-metal hip replacement system. Cobalt, along with chromium, is a metal used in such systems. DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle system is one of the metal-on-metal systems that use the heavy metal. (DePuy Orthopaedics is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.) Cobalt is a necessary component for humans — in small amounts. However, if a metal-on-metal hip replacement system that contains cobalt fails, it could lead to much larger amounts of cobalt finding their way into the tissue or bloodstream, leading to cobalt poisoning. According to the story:

MOM Link to Dementia/Heart Disease

Metal-on-metal hip replacement systems have been known to cause various problems — including painful revision surgeries and the accompanying physical rehabilitation — but researchers have recently discovered a potentially new and devastating side effects — a link between metal-on-metal hip replacement systems and dementia and heart disease. According to a story published by the Daily Mail in London, Great Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency recently notified the public that patients who have had metal-on-metal hip replacement systems implanted will be “called in” for X-rays and blood testing to determine if the heavy metals in the systems are causing any “adverse reactions.” The medical personnel will be trying to determine chromium and cobalt levels in the patient’s blood. Those two heavy metals have been linked to both dementia and heart disease.

DePuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement System Found at Fault in Texas Lawsuit

Hip Replacement Implant Hip Recall Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay nearly a quarter-billion dollars to six plaintiffs in a so-called “bellwether” lawsuit. The case, in a Texas federal court, pitted the defendants against the company for Johnson & Johnson’s faulty DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement system. DePuy Orthopaedics is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. According to a Reuters story on the case jurors awarded the victims $247 million in damages.

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