Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $500 Million in Major DePuy Hip Implant Verdict

July 6, 2016
Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $500 Million in Major DePuy Hip Implant Verdict

Every year, thousands of Americans rely on artificial hip implant devices to help them regain their mobility and independence. If the hip implant they receive is defective or poorly designed, it can lead to severe side effects as well as painful and expensive revision surgery.

Unfortunately, many hip implants are defective and have caused serious medical problems for thousands of patients. In March of 2016, a federal jury in Texas ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $500 million in damages to five plaintiffs that were injured by DePuy Pinnacle metal hip implants.

All five plaintiffs, in this case, experienced severe health issues after receiving DePuy Pinnacle metal hip implant devices. Their injuries included tissue death, bone erosion, and high levels of dangerous metals in their blood. These same dangerous side effects have impacted thousands of Americans that received hip replacement surgery using a defective DePuy Pinnacle metal hip implant.

The jury found that DePuy Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed and that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers about the potential safety risks. While J&J marketed DePuy Pinnacle hip implants as durable and long-lasting, thousands of patients have complained that these devices fail far more frequently and quickly than advertised.

More than 8,000 additional lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have been consolidated in Texas federal court. The next DePuy Pinnacle hip implant trial is scheduled to begin in September of 2016.

Common symptoms of defective metal hip implants include:

  • Pain & swelling around the joint
  • Bone deterioration
  • Tissue death
  • Device loosening or dislocation
  • High levels of metal toxicity in the bloodstream

If you or a loved one have are experiencing problems and severe pain from a hip implant device, call Graves McLain for help. Our dedicated Tulsa Product Liability attorneys have extensive experience standing up to medical device manufacturers on behalf of our clients.

These cases are often difficult and complex, but Graves McLain is here to ensure that your rights are protected. Call us today at 918-359-6600 for a FREE, confidential consultation. When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Tulsa Defective Medical Device attorneys at no cost to you. We will investigate every detail of your situation and fight hard to secure the justice you deserve.

At Graves McLain, we take all cases on a contingency basis. That means you owe us nothing until we win your case. If there is no recovery, there is no fee.

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