Illinois Resident Seeks Settlement in DePuy Hip Lawsuit
Illinois resident Thomas Porter, as represented by his Pinnacle hip lawyer, filed a DePuy hip lawsuit on December 19, 2011, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Porter claims he was implanted with the DePuy Pinnacle hip system in 2005, and in 2010 had revision surgery due to implant failure and metal poisoning.
Porter’s alleged Pinnacle hip problems are similar to those reported by patients who have required revision surgery after being implanted with the DePuy ASR hip implant system, which was the target of the DePuy ASR hip recall in August 2010.
DePuy hip lawsuit not directly linked to DePuy ASR hip recall
Plaintiffs who have filed a DePuy hip lawsuit concerning the ASR hip implant system experienced similar injuries as those claimed by Porter and his Pinnacle hip lawyer. When DePuy implemented the DePuy ASR hip recall in 2010, they noted data from the joint replacement registry in the U.K. which indicated a higher number of ASR patients “than previously reported” needed revision surgery earlier than expected.
The DePuy ASR hip recall involved over 93,000 metal-on-metal ASR and ASR XL implants, which were found in some cases to cause metallosis, excessive amounts of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream, caused by a wearing away from the component parts as they rubbed against one another. Porter and his Pinnacle hip lawyer allege in their DePuy hip lawsuit that component parts of the Pinnacle hip, as well, are negligently designed, creating increased metal on metal wear.
DePuy hip lawsuit alleges early failure
As represented by his Pinnacle hip lawyer, Porter states in his complaint that he had a revision surgery on September 13, 2010 due to hip failure caused by heavy metal poisoning and hip implant loosening.
The DePuy ASR hip recall was implemented partially because of the tendency for the ASR to loosen from the hip socket, causing pain and instability. Porter and his Pinnacle hip lawyer make a similar statement in his DePuy hip lawsuit, noting the “implant’s propensity for acetabular cup to detach, disconnect, and/or loosen from the acetabulum….”
DePuy hip lawsuit currently not part of DePuy Pinnacle MDL
Thomas’ Pinnacle hip lawyer filed this case in Illinois state court. Therefore, it is not considered part of the DePuy Pinnacle MDL or multidistrict litigation currently set in the Northern District of Texas. Whether either side will later request to have the case removed to federal court remains to be seen. As more DePuy hip lawsuit news develops, more litigants will liekly consider the relative benefits of filing their cases in state or federal court.