Rottenstein Law Group Urges Friends and Relatives of Hip Replacement Recipients to Encourage Them to Seek Advice from Professionals
(New York, NY, April 11, 2011) The Rottenstein Law group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the failures of recalled hip replacement devices manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, is advising recipients that the companies’ Pinnacle System might be as dangerous, if not more so, than the recalled ASR hip replacement systems.
In August, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended a recall of DePuy’s ASR hip replacement systems due to an unacceptable failure rate of 12 percent within five years of the initial hip replacement surgery. The ASR devices were given quick approval for sale in the U.S. predicated on their substantial similarities to the already approved Pinnacle devices, also manufactured and sold by DePuy.
The FDA is now receiving complaints about the Pinnacle systems, more than 500 to date, citing a loosening of the device that causes severe pain when the recipient performs the most basic of physical tasks. Additionally, the New York Times has reported on another significant problem with the Pinnacle devices: Due to their metal-on-metal composition, particles flaking off from the devices may embed themselves in surrounding tissue, putting the recipient at risk of developing metal poisoning. At least one lawsuit has been filed so far alleging this very issue with the Pinnacle system.
There has been no recall of the Pinnacle devices, but, having requested the removal of DePuy’s ASR systems from the market, the FDA is likely watching the Pinnacle situation very carefully. According to its public filings, Johnson & Johnson set aside $922 million of its reported $1.8 billion 2010 profit for litigation regarding the ASR hip replacement systems. If there is a significant rise in the already numerous complaints about the Pinnacle systems, Johnson & Johnson might be forced to recall these devices, which could lead to a DePuy Pinnacle class action lawsuit.
The Rottenstein Law Group is urging anyone with a friend or relative who has received a hip replacement device to recommend that he or she consult with a physician immediately and then speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer. The Rottenstein Law Group’s lawyers have a total of more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of clients who have suffered harm due to the negligence of powerful corporations like DePuy. For more information, recipients can visit Rottenstein’s DePuy Pinnacle Class Action Lawsuit Information Center. The site contains features that allow for easy sharing, giving visitors the ability to spread the word about the Pinnacle hip replacement failures.
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The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer product injury, mass tort, and class action law suits. For more information, please visit their Web site, or call (888) 9-ROT-LAW.
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