According to court documents released on Monday, November 26th 2018, DePuy, the manufacturer of the Pinnacle hip, appears to be in the process of settling thousands of their Metal on Metal hip cases within the Multi-District Litigation. Typically, court documents that talk of the payment terms for attorneys are produced when the settlemement process begins. So far no formal announcement of any settlements have been made.
- Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee’s (PEC) Motion To Modify The Preliminary Holdback Order And For An Assessment On Settling Cases Along With Supporting Brief
- Exhibit A
- Exhibit B
- Exhibit C
The metal liner of the Pinnacle device creates friction between the cup and the ball-shaped head of the thigh bone. This can cause the hip parts to prematurely wear down and release microscopic metal ion particles into a patient’s body. The patient may experience metal poisoning, short-term side effects, and unknown long-term health problems. Some patients don’t realize that they are being poisoned until a blood test shows unsafe levels of heavy metals in their body or a MRI or CT shows tissue destruction or bone loss.
DePuy discontinued sales of the Pinnacle metal liner in mid-2013 but has not issued any recalls.