Just four days after a Texas jury awarded six plaintiffs a $1 billion verdict against DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson related to the company’s metal-on-metal hip implant, a new lawsuit is filed about a similar case.
An Indiana man filed a lawsuit against DePuy, the maker of his metal-on-metal hip implant, saying it caused him “constant debilitating pain and instability” because of the “friction wear from the movement at the joint.” He received the hip implant in 2008, but was forced to have revision surgery just six years later to fix the agonizing problems. The metal-on-metal implants have been known to fail in less than five years, while hip implants made from other materials can last 20 years or more.
The lawsuit, which was filed in New Jersey, alleges the metal-on-metal hip design can inflict severe pain on the patient, causing inflammation, bone erosion, tumors, and tissue death.
The metal-on-metal hip implants are a design that uses a metal ball and metal socket made of a cobalt-chromium alloy. The parts rub against each other during normal use, shedding metal debris, an issue that has been linked to metallosis, a medical condition caused from metal leaching into the bloodstream. Many patients claim to have experienced cobalt poisoning, which has been linked to symptoms such as a tremor, poor coordination, cognitive decline and depression as well as damaging effects on the heart, hearing and vision.
DePuy and Johnson & Johnson are facing 8,900 lawsuits in the U.S. alone over the allegdly faulty hips. The fourth bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation is scheduled for September of 2017.