Johnson & Johnson, along with its subsidiary DePuy, recently lost a $500 million lawsuit in a consolidated case of five Texas patients who suffered serious injury as a result of defective hip implants.
The patient accused the company of concealing the design flaws and dangers of its Pinnacle artificial hip implants. Plaintiffs alleged these metal-on-metal implants:
- Failed prematurely
- Caused tissue death
- Resulted in bone erosion
- Left them with high levels of metal in their blood
Although the manufacturing company was aware of the shortfalls of its products, plaintiffs alleged, it continued to market them aggressively. These artificial hips were touted as being best-suited to younger patients and those with more active lifestyles. Continue reading →