Jurors are hearing the first Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuit of a 58-year old Montana woman. In September 2006, she received a Pinnacle hip system on her right side, and left side in April 2007, respectively.
After suffering from complications, she underwent revision surgery in 2010, and subsequently has undergone additional procedures since, according to court documents. In January 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that metal-on-metal hips were more likely to fail compared to other options.
J & J and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, announced that the company would discontinue sales of its all-metal hip implants in May 2013, including those related to the Pinnacle Hip System.
The lawsuit alleges surgeons discovered that the hip turned black due to metallosis upon removal. Additionally, the device allegedly caused her to suffer elevated levels of cobalt in the blood, allegedly as a result of the Pinnacle’s defective design.