Four lawsuits added to DePuy Pinnacle hip implants MDL

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Four lawsuits added to DePuy Pinnacle hip implants MDLFour additional lawsuits have been added to the growing DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal injuries Multidistrict Litigation.

According to a report at MassDevice.com, four lawsuits were recently added to the MDL filed in U.S. District Court in Texas before Judge James Kinkeade. They were approved for the MDL by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. They join about 1,100 other cases alleging defects with the Pinnacle metal-on-metal implant caused serious and permanent injuries and required multiple surgeries to correct those errors.

The MDL panel agreed that the allegations made against the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant are similar to the others included in that consolidated lawsuit.

These four lawsuits claim the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant caused a toxic accumulation of the metals cobalt and chromium and put those recipients at risk of serious injuries and caused them to undergo painful and expensive corrective surgeries to remedy that risk.

Lawsuits also allege the Pinnacle metal-on-metal implant suffers from the same defects as other all-metal implants, including their high early failure rate and causing constant pain and inflammation at the site of the implant.

DePuy is the company behind the failed ASR metal-on-metal hip implant, which shares some of the same defects as the Pinnacle model. The ASR implant was recalled in 2010 after thousands of reports of its failures were reported by recipients of the device. This opened the proverbial can of worms and now every metal-on-metal hip implant available is facing heavy scrutiny and being required to be backed by safety testing to determine if it should be available as a hip replacement option.

These latest lawsuits were initially filed in federal courts in California and Maryland.