Last week, a Dallas jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $247 million to six victims who were injured by the company’s Pinnacle artificial hips. The jury ruled that the company knew these devices were defective but did not warn patients and physicians that the artificial hips would fail prematurely.
The jury awarded $79 million to the victims in actual damages and another $168 million in punitive damages. All six victims had to have their devices surgically removed. The victim’s ages range from 52 to 88 years of age and are all from New York.
This is the fourth lawsuit the company has faced over the defective devices. In October 2014, another Dallas jury dismissed a Montana victim’s claim that her artificial hip gave her metal poisoning because it was defective.
Last year, a Dallas jury ordered the company to pay $502 million to five victims who accused the company of covering up the defects. A judge later decreased that verdict to $150 million.
And earlier this year, another Dallas jury again agreed with six victims from California and awarded them $1 million. That amount was again reduced by a judge, this time to approximately $500,000.
Johnson & Johnson agreed to a $2.5 billion settlement for another line of artificial hips. The ASR line was also defective, with 93,000 of the devices recalled in August 2010. The Pinnacle artificial hip was not included in that settlement.
In case after case, the company is accused of failing to properly test the metal-on-metal devices. In their rush to get the products on the market, the company is accused of misleading physicians about that safety factor, including not being truthful about the tissue damage and metal poisoning risks patients faced from the devices. The company disputes these allegations, claiming that any issues patients have are a result of “wear and tear” and not because of any defect in the design.
Have You Suffered Hip Implant Complications?
For many patients who still have the metal-on-metal hip implants, it may feel like a ticking time bomb, waiting to see if the device will fail or cause other complications. Symptoms that signal a serious issue include:
- Clicking and grinding noises when you are walking;
- Mobility problems;
- Severe and/or chronic pain in the hip, groin, or leg; and
- Swelling around the hip joint area.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, get to a doctor immediately. If left untreated, you could end up dealing with severe health problems. You should also contact a Virginia defective medical device attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have against the manufacturer for the pain and losses this condition has caused you.