WIRE)–Kathryn E. Barnett of the national plaintiffs law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that
Paul McCurley of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., and its parent
company, Johnson & Johnson, Inc., for the injuries he suffered after his
DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant failed.
The lawsuit charges that DePuy knew that the Pinnacle metal
on metal hip generated unusual and dangerous levels of metal debris
accumulation in many patients and presented abnormally high risks of early failure.
Despite notice of these alleged problems and defects, DePuy continued to
promote and sell the Pinnacle metal on metal hip, and has not recalled the
On January 17, 2006, McCurley underwent a right total hip
replacement procedure using the Pinnacle metal on metal hip at the Baptist Hospital
in Nashville, Tennessee. The failure of the DePuy metal
hip implant caused McCurley to suffer debilitating pain, metallosis (a painful,
inflammatory reaction from the release of metallic debris into tissue and blood
surrounding a metal implant), and inhibited his ability to walk.
“You just feel like you are a burden on everyone. You cant
drive or do anything,” McCurley stated. On September 7, 2011, McCurley
underwent a new surgery to replace the failed Pinnacle metal on metal hip.
“Patients forced to undergo hip revision surgery to replace
a defective hip implant face greater risk of future complications, including
dislocating their hip, than patients who had only one hip replacement surgery,”
stated Barnett. “In one study, hip replacement patients who have undergone a
revision surgery were almost four times more likely to suffer from hip
dislocation than those who have not.”
“DePuy and Johnson & Johnson must accept full
responsibility for the lost wages and income, medical expenses, and pain and
suffering incurred by those patients whose Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant
failed,” added Barnett.
Legal Resources for DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Hip
Patients experiencing problems with a DePuy metal hip implant or have had to
undergo revision surgery can learn more about their legal rights and read
answers to frequently asked questions at http://www.DePuyMetalHipRecall.com. There is also a form on
the website for patients to submit their claim for a free, prompt, and
confidential review by Lieff Cabraser injury attorneys.
About Lieff Cabraser
A sixty-plus attorney law firm founded in 1972 with offices in San Francisco,
New York, and Nashville, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is among
the largest firms in the United States that only represent plaintiffs.
Described by The American Lawyer as “one of the nations premier plaintiffs
firms,” Lieff Cabraser enjoys a national reputation for professional integrity
and the successful prosecution of our clients claims.
In the 2011 edition of its annual list of the top
plaintiffs law firms, The National Law Journal again selected Lieff Cabraser.
Lieff Cabraser is one of only two plaintiffs law firms in the United States
to receive this honor for the last nine years. In November 2011, U.S. News and
Best Lawyers recognized our firm as the nations “Law Firm of the
Year” for 2011-2012 in the category of Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions