How the $1 Billion Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Verdict Affects You

You might have heard about the $1 billion verdict that a Dallas jury awarded to plaintiffs in a case involving metal-on-metal hip implants. If you have received this type of implant and suffered complications afterward, this verdict could have a significant impact on your decision to take legal action.

What the Jury Decided

The amount of the verdict is astounding. Six plaintiffs were awarded $1.009 billion in punitive damages as well as $32 million in compensatory damages. The lawsuit alleged that the plaintiffs developed severe complications after receiving Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The suit further alleged that the complications occurred due to a design flaw with the Pinnacle implant and that the manufacturer falsely promoted this metal-on-metal implant as being more durable than their ceramic or plastic counterparts  The jury ultimately sided with the plaintiffs and deemed it appropriate to include an enormous punitive damage award in its verdict.

Why You Should Care

More than 8,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy involving metal-on-metal hip implant complications. The trial that concluded on December 1 was what is known as a “bellwether” case. This is a case that will help determine the value of future cases involving similar litigation.

There have been three bellwether trials involving Pinnacle implants that have been decided so far. In the first, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson were cleared of liability. In the second, a jury awarded $500 million to the plaintiffs.  The judge in the case later reduced the award to $151 million.  As discussed above, the third resulted in over a $1 billion award to the plaintiffs.

Although we cannot guarantee that any plaintiff we represent will receive a large verdict such as this in a metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuit, you may be able to obtain a substantial amount of compensation if you have been harmed after receiving this type of device. To learn more about your potential legal options, call Baron & Budd at 866-520-2755 or complete our contact form.

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