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What Do I Do If My DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Fails?


 

depuy pinnacle implant failureIf you’re experiencing DePuy Pinnacle hip implant problems such as pain and swelling, inflammation, difficulty moving, or signs of metallosis after receiving a DePuy Pinnacle implant, it’s important to be informed and to start taking steps to protect your legal rights. Learn more about filing a potential Pinnacle hip implant lawsuit. Our DePuy Pinnacle hip lawyers can help guide you through the difficult process and alleviate your concerns.

1. When Should I Contact My Doctor?

See your doctor right away if you know you received a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. Even if you are not experiencing common Pinnacle hip problems such as pain and inflammation, you should still see your doctor because some symptoms of hip replacement failure are silent or take time to manifest. For example, metallosis occurs when there are elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the body. Tiny pieces of metal debris can rub off from the DePuy Pinnacle implant and enter the bloodstream. Your doctor will likely test your blood for chromium and cobalt, as well as take x-rays of the hip area to see if any surrounding tissue has been damaged.

2. Should I Contact A Lawyer?

Yes! A lawyer will evaluate your possible lawsuit for free and discuss the best way to protect your legal rights and options. Even if you are currently asymptomatic, it is important to fully understand your legal rights so that you can protect them.

3. What Should I Do Next?

  • Keep track of your medical appointments and related expenses. Document any visits to the doctor, days absent from work for health related reasons, and any treatments you undergo.
  • Request a copy of your medical records. Even if you are not experiencing any pain and your blood work is normal, ask your doctor for a copy of your medical records. Should an issue arise down the road, it is best to be prepared.
  • Take Action Now. We understand that many individuals cringe at the thought of taking part in litigation, or it may be the case that you already met with your doctor, underwent the suggested testing and received a clean bill of health. However, not only could the hip device fail in the future, but there are also statute of limitations rules that prevent you from filing a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant past a certain deadline. You must be proactive about your lawsuit in both seeking medical treatment and legal advice. Don’t wait.

4. Do I Need Revision Surgery?

Consult with your doctor to determine whether you will need to undergo revision surgery to remove the defective DePuy Pinnacle implant. If you do, it is important that the explant and the surrounding tissue be properly preserved. These materials will be important evidence in your case.

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has experienced problems as a result of a metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Speak to a lawyer today for a free and confidential case review. Call .

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