The Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant was supposed to be a game-changer, offering significantly improved longevity. Longevity is among the most important factors when choosing a hip implant, as the more times a revision is done, the greater risk of scar tissue build-up, complications from the surgery, and damage to the joint.
Recognizing how important of a factor longevity is, DePuy heavily marketed their new product as lasting for years and years, when in fact many of the implants required revision within a shorter timeframe than previous options. Data tracking showed that many of the Pinnacle hip implants lasted less than five years.
The problems with the Pinnacle model proved to be significant, including:
- Defective design resulting in wear-and-tear accumulating quickly
- Misrepresented data to support false claims in marketing
- Refusal to agree to a quick and decisive recall
Any of these problems are sufficient to make it clear that DePuy owes people who suffered due to a faulty hip implant. But when combined together, the sheer audacity of the company becomes clear. It is one thing to pour research and development into a faulty product. It is another thing entirely to release that product even when it is shown to be faulty, and to continue to market the product even after people are being hurt by it.
Thankfully, the legal system is beginning to reckon with DePuy’s actions. DePuy has now lost multiple lawsuits alleging defect in design and advertising, and the company has settled with many of the patients affected. Even so, there are still others who have suffered and deserve compensation.
If you or someone you love has suffered after receiving a metal-on-metal hip implant, it is important to understand that these products were defective from the design stage. Please consider reaching out to an experienced attorney and holding the company responsible for its dangerous business practices.