US Drug Watchdog Recommends Blood Test With Depuy Pinnacle Hip Implant
The US Drug Watchdog has expressed concern that many recipients who received a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement device may not receive compensation for their injuries or premature device failure if they did not undergo a specific blood test intended to measure elevated levels of chromium and cobalt ions in their bloodstreams.
According to the organization, this particular blood test can measure the level of metal ions in a patient’s bloodstream and may be an effective tool in determining if the patient will experience early failure of the device. It is important to note that the time in which patients may request the test is not infinite; if lawsuits are not filed within the statute of limitations in a patient’s state, he or she may be barred from seeking compensation for injuries in the future.
Two of the most commonly alleged complications in pending DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits include metal toxicity and early device failure. According to The US Drug Watchdog, patients should strongly consider taking the blood test as elevated metal ions could indicate that the patient is currently experiencing early device failure or will likely require a revision or removal procedure in the near future.
It is estimated that more than 150,000 patients have received a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. Those filing lawsuits against the manufacturer claim that the normal wear and tear of walking may cause the device’s metal parts to move against one another and release metal debris into nearby tissues and the bloodstream, potentially causing high, dangerous levels of chromium and cobalt. Patients may develop metallosis, or metal poisoning, which may lead to headaches, dizziness, nervous system damage and other complications.
An estimated 3,000 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits have been filed across the U.S. by patients who allegedly suffered injuries after receiving the device, including tissue damage, difficulty walking, metal poisoning, metal sensitivity, dislocation, fracture, infection, pain and early device failure. Those who have been injured are urged to seek legal counsel and consider filing a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuit against the manufacturer to seek damages for their injuries.
Were You Fitted with the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant?
Have you or someone you love received the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant and suffered from adverse side effects or life-threatening complications? You may have legal recourse. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group to receive a free, no-obligation consultation and determine whether you have a case. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you may be able to recover damages for out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The time to file is limited, so contact us as soon as possible to learn more about filing a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant lawsuit.