Defective Hip Implants
Another week, another jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its hip implant products. This time, a federal jury in Dallas hit the company with a verdict for $1 billion in damages. The verdict is the second in a long line of potential lawsuits pertaining to the company’s metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants. According to the verdict, not only were the implants defective and injuring consumers, Johnson & Johnson, along with its DePuy Orthopaedics unit, knew of the defect yet continued to sell the product. On top of this, they also failed to take any reasonable steps to warn consumers about the known risks.
In another news item that will come as no surprise to Florida residents or Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham, the federal government reports that it has received a surge of complaints in recent months about failed hip replacement devices. Researchers are still studying the dangers of some models of artificial hip devices, particularly metal-on-metal types, but early indications suggest persistent and very serious health consequences in association with faulty artificial hips. The Food and Drug Administration has reportedly received more than 5,000 complaints about metal-on-metal hips since January, more than the FDA has received about hip devices in the previous four years combined.