November 22, 2017
As attorneys investigate lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics concerning the DePuy Attune knee replacement system, a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay almost $250 million to plaintiffs who alleged the company’s DePuy Pinnacle hip system was defectively designed and manufactured.
Concerns regarding the Attune knee replacement system are similar to those regarding the Pinnacle hip system: that there is an unexpectedly high early failure rate, that patients who experience failure often require complex and painful revision surgery, and that some patients may experience permanent negative effects of the Attune joint replacement system.
DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits Growing
Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson regarding the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system continue to grow, with approximately 9,900 lawsuits currently in court. Those lawsuits allege patients experienced early failure of their hip replacement device.
Plaintiffs also alleged that, as a result of metal debris from the metal-on-metal hip device, they developed metal poisoning, which caused further pain and toxicity.
Plaintiffs haven’t won all of the cases to go to trial—the first Pinnacle lawsuit was won by Johnson & Johnson. Earlier in November 2017, however, a jury in Dallas ordered the company to pay $247 million to six patients who alleged DePuy officials knew about issues with the hip devices but failed to warn patients and health professionals.
Furthermore, they alleged the Pinnacle was rushed to market without adequate testing, increasing the risks of an adverse event.
A History of Device Failures
The Pinnacle isn’t the first DePuy device to face claims of early failure. In August 2010, the company recalled 93,000 of its DePuy ASR hip replacement devices after reports emerged that 12 percent of the devices failed in less than five years. DePuy ultimately paid around $2.5 billion to settle claims linked to the ASR hip devices.
Now, concerns have been raised about the DePuy Attune Knee Replacement System, with patients alleging they’ve suffered severe pain, muscle damage, and bone loss linked to the use of the DePuy Synthes Attune knee.
In some cases, patients say their knee has failed as early as two months after it was implanted. Of specific concern is a situation known as tibial loosening, where the bone and the knee device come apart.
Symptoms of Attune knee failure:
- Reduced mobility
- Knee instability
Despite issues with the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System, there has so far not been a recall of the device issued.
Attune Knee Replacement Lawyer
Knee replacement failures can have a devastating impact on your life, including causing permanent pain, muscle infections, and nerve damage. Even if you undergo revision surgery, some of the side effects of a failed implant can be permanent.
Revision surgery is also more complex than the initial implant surgery and can be costly.
Attorneys at Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers are investigating possible knee replacement lawsuits concerning the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement System.
If you or a loved one has had an Attune knee implanted and suffered serious side effects, contact us for a no-obligation review of your case. Our attorneys are available to discuss your situation and advise you of your rights.