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Metal on Metal Hip Implant Attorney

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Current status, April 10, 2012 We are Pinnacle lawyers who are handling Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant lawsuits in all 50 states. As of March 1, 2012 there have been approximately 700 Pinnacle lawsuits filed and over 1,250 Pinnacle Adverse Event Reports submitted to the FDA.

As Pinnacle Side Effect lawyers we continue to intake and investigate Pinnacle side effect cases in all 50 states. If you or your loved one suffered a serious side effect from the Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant system please contact one of our hip implant specialists at 1-800-718-4658.


We are representing side effect victims of the DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant. This implant has unfortunately failed in many patients and has needed to be revised time and time again. We believe that the defect in the Pinnacle is due to the minimal clearance in its design. Clearance is the space between the outer diameter of the head of the device with the inner diameter of the shaft of the device. Slim clearances fall prey to shifting and loosening of the Acetabular cup or the femoral stem. Unfortunately, because of the minimal or inadequate clearance normal body movement creates torque which is detrimental to the cup and/or stem and can lead to early loosening and excessive wear and tear to the implant. Unfortunately, the Pinnacle metal on metal devices are failing at a high rate. The clearance on this product is similar to the low clearance levels of the DePuy ASR device.

We are investigating side effect victims of the Pinnacle metal on metal hip who show symptoms including need for revision or lab results consistent with Metalosis which is due to tiny metal particles breaking off from the metal and lodging themselves in the surrounding tissue.

There has been no recall.

The side effects are the same as Hip DePuy ASR including metalosis, early revisions, unnecessary fractures, cobalt poisoning to the surrounding tissue, muscle damage, bone loss and other related damages.


» What Problems Have Been Reported With the Pinnacle Hip?

The FDA has received numerous adverse event reports concerning the Pinnacle hip and other metal hip implants. The reported side effects include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Dislocation
  • Deterioration of hip or thigh bones
  • Metallosis
  • Need for additional hip replacement revision or surgeries

One problem unique to the all-metal hips is the potential for metallosis or metal poisoning. As the metal components grind together, tiny flakes can be shed into the system, which can cause:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Feelings of burning, tingling or numbness of the extremities
  • Cobalt poisoning (skin rashes, cardiomyopathy, problems with hearing, sight or cognition, tremors and hypothyroidism)

If you've suffered any of these side effects after receiving a Pinnacle hip implant, you may consider filing an individual or class-action injury lawsuit. Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is now assisting hip implant injury victims in all 50 states and we are eager to discuss your case. Contact us today to begin your free initial case evaluation.

» Will the Pinnacle hip implants be the subject of a recall?

To date, neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or DePuy Orthopedics have announced any plans to recall the Pinnacle hip system.

A number of medical professionals have expressed concern over issues involving the Pinnacle hip. These physicians have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to consider a recall based on mounting evidence which suggests that these devices are failing at a rate much faster than originally predicted.

Despite the fact that no recall of these devices has been issued, hip implant patients have continued to file lawsuits against DePuy Orthopedics. The plaintiffs claim that the Pinnacle metal hip caused serious complications, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Decreased mobility
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Metal poisoning
  • A need for additional corrective surgery

Numerous lawsuits have already been filed in connection with the Pinnacle hip system. In May 2011, the U.S. Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered all federal Pinnacle hip cases to be consolidated in a Texas court for pretrial proceedings. If you believe that you may have grounds for a personal injury claim stemming from a defective metal hip implant, you may want to consider joining the other individuals that have already filed suit.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can guide you in explaining and defending your rights. The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is currently investigating hip implant injury claims from patients in all 50 states. Our dedicated team of hip injury experts is committed to ensuring that our clients get the full amount of compensation they're entitled to for their medical bills, lost wages and the pain and suffering they experienced after receiving one of these defective devices.

Put the experienced personal injury attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP to work for you today. We are proud to act as an advocate for the rights of all individuals who were injured by a metal hip implant and we will act as your guide throughout the legal process. Don't hesitate to contact us today to find out how we can help.

» Why did the FDA approve the Pinnacle hips if they were defective?

Like a number of other metal hip implants, the Pinnacle hip system was approved using the Food and Drug Administration's 510(k) system. This system allows medical device manufacturers to seek a fast-track approval for their product. Rather than undergo a lengthy approval process, manufacturers only have to show that a similar device is already approved and on the market.

While the 510(k) system is meant to streamline the approval process, critics say it allows defective and faulty devices to reach the market where they are sold to unsuspecting consumers. Medical and legal professionals point to the now-recalled DePuy ASR hip system, which was approved under the 510(k) rule. Ironically enough, DePuy used its Pinnacle hip implant as the predicate for the ASR hip.

In May 2011, the FDA asked metal hip manufacturers to provide more information about the rate at which the metal components in the artificial hips shed debris into the body and the potential side effects caused by the release of metal particles in the body.

In December 2011, the U.S. Senate introduced new legislation which would allow for increased tracking and monitoring of metal hips and other medical devices that go through the fast-track approval process. It remains unclear, however, whether the FDA will make any significant changes to how artificial hips and other medical devices gain approval.

If you or a loved one received a Pinnacle hip implant and experienced any of the following side effects, you need to contact a qualified personal injury lawyer to protect your rights.

  • Ongoing pain
  • Swelling
  • Limited mobility
  • Increased medical bills
  • The need for additional surgery
  • Loss of quality of life

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is actively investigating claims from hip implant recipients in all 50 states and we are eager to discuss your case. Our team of hip injury experts specializes in helping individuals who've been victimized by a defective medical device get the full amount of compensation they deserve for their injuries.

Don't let your life be ruined by a defective metal hip. Contact Nadrich & Cohen today to put our dedicated group of legal advocates to work for you.

Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement Component

Zimmer Hip Replacement, Zimmer Hip Implant Attorney

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. first began offering its metal Durom Cup hip replacement component for sale in 2006. The artificial hip differed from other types of hip replacement devices on the market because it featured a single piece of material. On July 24, 2008, Zimmer announced it would discontinue the sale of the Durom Cup after Dr. Larry Dorr, an orthopedic surgeon from Los Angeles, notified the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons that his patients who had been implanted with the device were experiencing high failure rates.

After conducting an independent investigation into the doctor's claims, Zimmer concluded that the Durom Cup's design and technology was so specialized that it would prevent the typical orthopedic surgeon from being able to implant it properly. The company opted to pull the product from the market with plans to reintroduce the artificial hips in the future. An estimated 12,000 people received a Durom Cup hip replacement before the sale of the devices was discontinued.

If you or a loved one had implanted in them a Pinnacle metal on metal implant device and have suffered these types of side effects please contact one of our case intake specialists at 1-800-718-4658. We are available 7 days a week. We will tell you if you have a monetary claim against the manufacturer – DePuy. We can also provide you with all related hip resources and assistance. Contact us today. There are timelines which you must comply with in order to bring a timely claim.

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