On December 1, 2016, a Texas jury found in favor of six plaintiffs in a trial against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics over injuries relating to the companies’ Pinnacle brand metal-on-metal hip implants that failed in many patients. As reported by Law360, on January 3, 2017 U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade reduced the more than $1 billion in punitive damages the jury awarded in the case to $543 million in light of Supreme Court precedent finding constitutional limits to punitive damage awards. [Read more…]
As reported by Law360 (subscription), a Texas jury has found Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics liable for over $1 billion in a federal 6-plaintiff bellwether trial over injurious metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants causing metal poisoning and other injuries to implant recipients. The jury deliberated for less than a day in finding negligence in design and a failure to warn surgeons and patients about the dangers of the metal-component Pinnacle hip implants. The verdict is more than six times greater than the $150 million reached in a previous bellwether trial against J&J on these hip implant injuries. [Read more…]
On September 27, 2016, Australian health authorities issued a “Hazard Alert” over the risk of injuries relating to the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head hip implant components citing the same dangers and warning consumers and health professionals about the higher than expected incidence of failures and injuries relating to Stryker LFIT V40 hip implant components. Specific item numbers of the affected models are listed below. [Read more…]
After hip replacement surgery, most patients spend 3 to 5 days in the hospital, according to the National Institutes of Health. Full recovery from the surgery takes about 3 to 6 months, depending on the type of surgery, overall patient health, and the success of rehabilitation.