As a Dallas, Texas medical doctor and DePuy ASR metal on metal hip recall and DePuy Pinnacle metallosis and injury replacement attorney I am providing this timely update for folks who have been injured by defective metal-on-metal hip replacement implants. As reported earlier, a former professional dancer, Moira Jackson has withdrawn her personal injury claim against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of DePuy ASR hips.
Opening statements in Moira Jackson’s lawsuit were scheduled to be heard earlier this week before Prince George’s County Circuit Court in Maryland. This case was the first of more than 10,000 lawsuits to go to trial against the giant pharmaceutical company and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, for the recalled defective metal on metal hip replacements.
According to news sources Jackson plans to refile her claim in federal court in Northern District Ohio, where most of the other hip product liability lawsuits have been consolidated as multidistrict litigation. The first of those cases is scheduled to be heard in Toledo in May and a second is slated for July 2013.
Johnson & Johnson recalled more than 90,000 of its hip replacements in 2010. Patients filing lawsuits have said metal debris from the grinding action of metal on metal implants caused local hip tissue death and an increase of metal ions in their blood. The metalions consist of cobalt and chromium.
The company settled a state-law action in Nevada by three other people who received hip replacements for $600,000 last fall. Those were the first settlements reported in the case.
The consolidated federal case is In re DePuy Orthopedics Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, 10-MD-2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Toledo).
A second multidistrict litigation has been established in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, for claims involving a metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to court documents, the first trial in the DePuy Pinnacle litigation is scheduled for September 2014. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2244)
Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a licensed Texas Medical Doctor and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.