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Jury Awards $502 Million in DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuit

A Texas jury recently awarded five plaintiffs $502 million for injuries related to Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Pinnacle hip implants. The jury award included $142 million in actual damages and $360 million in punitive damages.

The plaintiffs alleged that the medical devices were defectively designed and lacked proper warnings. As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, there are thousands of ongoing lawsuits involving metal-on-metal hip implants in courts across the country.

In the latest case, all of the plaintiffs required surgical removal of the Pinnacle hip implants after chromium and cobalt particles from the device entered their bloodstream. They maintained that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the serious complications and continued to sell its hip implants. The suits also alleged that the device maker misled doctors and consumers about the safety of the implants.

Johnson & Johnson removed the Pinnacle hip implants from the market in 2013 after the FDA strengthened its regulations for metal-on-metal implants. However, approximately 170,000 patients were already implanted with the devices.

As Bloomberg reported, the case marks Johnson & Johnson’s first loss over the artificial hip product. The company faces approximately 8,000 lawsuits.

If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a defective metal-on-metal hip implant or other medical device, you may be entitled to compensation, including reimbursement of lost wages and medical bills and damages for pain and suffering. To discuss your claim, please contact a San Diego medical product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.