Pinnacle Hip Replacement Claims Contact Information

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CALL: 0500 58 58 58  EMAIL: info@gadllp.co.uk

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Pinnacle Hip Replacement Claims Update

PINNACLE HIP REPLACEMENT CLAIMS UPDATE:

Good news for claimants in hip metal device actions

Gregory Abrams Davidson on committee leading litigation

Gregory Abrams Davidson (GAD) LLP has become one of just five specialist solicitors in the country to be included on a steering committee to lead litigation against DePuy, the company behind Pinnacle, a metal hip device that has been subject to a large number of high profile legal actions across the World.

GAD, which has its headquarters in Liverpool with additional offices in London is one of the UK’s leading specialist solicitors handling hip litigation, already acting for more than one hundred DePuy (xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx) ASR clients.

Lisa Lunt, head of clinical negligence is leading the Pinnacle litigation team that have been involved with the cases since the recall of the product in August 2010.

She said: “This is very good news for our clients because the committee includes the best product liability solicitors and barristers in the country.

“It will also mean that all Pinnacle clients eligible to register will get access to some of the best experts in the country, irrespective of where they reside.”

“A group litigation order (GLO) was approved at the end of July by the president of the Queens Bench Division at the High Court of Justice in London. This will ensure consistency in the management of all cases and in the decision-making process.

The GLO applies to all claims for personal injury, loss and damage arising out of the implantation ofDePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cups and DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Liners, combined with any metal femoral head, mated with any metal femoral stem.

Ms Lunt added: “A Group Litigation Order can be made in any claim where there are multiple parties or claimants to the same cause of action.

“Ultimately, people who have had a Pinnacle hip revised or have been recommended for revision by their Surgeon should contact us at GAD immediately. We have a dedicated legal team set up to provide you with specialist help and advice. It’s also important that people don’t delay getting in touch because there will be a ‘limitation period’ in their case that may be due to expire.”

Editor’s Note:

Eligibility criteria for registration under the GLO:

        that you were implanted with a DePuy Pinnacle Cup

        DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal liner

        Combined with any femoral head and

        Any metal femoral stem

In addition to the above eligibility criteria, we are only seeking clients who have been implanted with:

  1. DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular cup and
  2. DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal liner combined with
  3. an articul/eze femoral head or an S-Rom femoral head (head size 36mm or more)
  4. a Corail AMT femoral stem or an S-Rom femoral stem.

Clients fitted with the Pinnacle metal on metal device have reported the following problems:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • fluid collections around the joint (pseudo-tumour)
  • nerve damage
  • muscle damage
  • bone damage
  • high metal ion levels
  • loosening of the device

The Order will provide for the case management of claims which gives rise to common or related issues of fact or law. These are specified in the Order as the ‘GLO Issues’.

A Group Register will be set up and maintained in the Management Court, consisting of all the parties to the group of claims being managed.

Further information is available from GADLLP on 0151 236 5000.

You may also find this link useful:

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Safetyinformation/Generalsafetyinformationandadvice/Product-specificinformationandadvice/Product-specificinformationandadvice–M–T/Metal-on-metalhipimplants/

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ABOUT PINNACLE HIP CLAIMS

ABOUT PINNACLE HIP CLAIMS

On the 31st July 2014 a GLO order was approved by the President of the Queens Bench Division at the High Courts of Justice in London. 

The GLO applies to all claims for damages for personal injury, loss and damage arising out of the implantation of DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cups and DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Liners, combined with any metal femoral head, mated with any metal femoral stem.

A Group Litigation Order can be made in any Claim where there are multiple parties or Claimants to the same cause of action. The Order will provide for the case management of claims which give rise to common or related issues of fact or law. These are specified in the Order as the GLO Issues. A Group Register will be set up and maintained in the Management Court, of all the parties to the group of claims being managed.

Eligibility criteria for registration under the GLO is:

  • that you were implanted with a DePuy Pinnacle Cup
  • DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal liner
  • Combined with any femoral head and
  • Any metal femoral stem

Despite the above eligibility criteria, we are only seeking clients who have been implanted with the following components:

1. DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular cup and
2. DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal liner combined with
3. an articul/eze femoral head or an S-Rom femoral head (head size 36mm or more)
4. a Corail AMT femoral stem or an S-Rom femoral stem.

If you have been fitted with a Pinnacle hip device and you have had the Pinnacle hip revised, or you have been recommended for revision by your surgeon, then please contact us now at GAD LLP on 0500 58 58 58 

We have a dedicated legal team set up to provide you with help and advice.

Please don’t delay.  The limitation period in your case may be due to expire.

Clients fitted with the Pinnacle metal on metal device have reported the following problems;
• pain
• swelling
• fluid collections around the joint (pseudo-tumour)
• nerve damage
• muscle damage
• bone damage
• high metal ion levels
• loosening of the device

Please CLICK HERE TO be taken to the General Safety Information and Advice pages that are specific to Hip Implants on the MHRA Website.

For further information, please visit:

– www.gadllp.co.uk (Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP Solicitors)

– www.njrcentre.org.uk (National Joint Registry)

– www.boa.ac.uk (British Orthopaedic Association)

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Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors Featured In Liverpool Daily Post

As reported in the Liverpool Daily Post:

Patients with metal-on-metal hip implants seek legal advice from Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors, specialist Metal On Metal Hip Implant Lawyers:

http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/ldpbusiness/business-local/2012/03/15/patients-with-metal-on-metal-hip-implants-seek-legal-advice-99623-30535501/

Gregory Abrams Davidson are one of six lead Solicitors across the country that have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this metal on metal DePuy ASR recall receive the compensation they deserve.

In addition, the firm is currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy metal on metal Pinnacle (information about which is contained in earlier blogs). If you would like to discuss a potential claim with one of our specialist team members, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 3353 or 020 8209 0166. Alternatively, you can email us at info@gadllp.co.uk

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RESEARCHERS CALL FOR A BAN ON METAL-ON-METAL HIP IMPLANTS

Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors are currently acting for approximately 150 clients who have been affected by the DePuy ASR recall. The firm is one of only six lead Solicitors across the country who have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this recall receive the compensation they deserve.

In addition, we are currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy metal on metal Pinnacle

A recently published Lancet Study analysed the National Joint Registry of England and Wales data for primary hip replacements (402,051, of which 31,171 were stemmed metal-on-metal) performed between 2003 and 2011. Metal-on-metal hip implants were always thought to more durable than other options but the recent study suggests evidence to the contrary.

The Study looked into the causes of total hip implant failure and in particular, whether metal-on-metal bearing surfaces and large head sizes result in improved implant survival. The Study was published just two weeks after the British Hip Society advised all patients with large head (36mm or greater) metal-on-metal implants to be kept under annual review. Please see our previous article entitled “British Hip Society Statement: 1 March 2012”.

The Study concluded that “metal-on-metal stemmed articulations give poor implant survival rate compared with other options” (such as ceramic, plastic and polyethylene) and “should not be implanted”. The Study reinforced the guidance of the British Hip Society in respect of the importance of monitoring patients.

Results from the Study reveal that the failure of metal-on-metal Total Hip replacements is related to the size of the head with the large headed implants failing earlier.  Overall, 6.2% of patients require revision surgery within five years. This compares with 1.7 to 2.3 % of patients who had ceramic or plastic joints. The researchers calculated that each 1 mm increment in head diameter was associated with an approximately 2% greater risk of revision at any given time. The Study also found that the failure rate was notably higher in females.

For more information please see:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2114129/ALL-metal-hip-joints-banned-Failure-rate-times-higher-types.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.thelancet.com/search/results?searchTerm=metal+hips&fieldName=AllFields&journalFromWhichSearchStarted

If you would like to discuss a potential claim with one of our specialist team members, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 3353 or 020 8209 0166. Alternatively, you can email us at info@gadllp.co.uk.

 

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How Do I Find Out the Name of the Implant I had Fitted?

How Do I Find Out the Name of the Implant I had Fitted?

The recent MHRA guidance (see our previous post) in respect of Metal-on-Metal implants has sparked a surge of media interest. The guidance is in respect of large head implants (36mm or more) and therefore, it does not apply to those patients who have had a ceramic, plastic or small metal head implant fitted.

We are aware that many patients who contact us do not know the name of the Metal-on-Metal implant they had fitted.

If you do not know the name of the implant you had fitted, we suggest that you contact your hospital and speak to either your Consultant’s secretary or the Access to Records Department.

Each hospital has their own protocol for dealing with such requests but whatever the method, you are entitled to know the name of the implant you had fitted.

Alternatively, you can make a request for a copy of any data held on your hip (if available) through the National Joint Register. The form can be downloaded from:

http://www.njrcentre.org.uk/njrcentre/Patients/AccessingyourNJRdata/tabid/211/Default.aspx

The NHS has issued useful advice which can be found at:

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/02February/Pages/latest-news-metal-hip-replacement.aspx

If you are concerned and would like to speak to one of our dedicated team, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 33539 or 02082090166. Alternatively, you can email us at abennett@gadllp.co.uk or fill out our online contact form.

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British Hip Society Statement: 1 March 2012

Hip Replacement News

The British Hip Society (BHS) has recently issued a statement in respect of large diameter metal-on-metal bearing total hip replacements.

The statement came following an annual meeting during which recent data in respect of metal bearing hips were discussed.

The following was unanimously agreed:

  • Large diameter metal-on-metal primary total hip replacements using bearings of 36 mm or above should no longer be performed until more evidence is available, except in properly conducted and ethically approved research studies.
  • This advice does not apply to hip resurfacing
  • The British Hip Society endorses the guidance issued by the MHRA on the 28th February 2012. Patients who already have metal on metal bearing implants should be followed up.
  • The British Hip Society will continue to monitor the latest research in this field and will provide further guidance once more information becomes available.

For more information, please see http://www.britishhipsociety.com/MoM%20Update.htm

About Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP, Hip Recall Claim Experts

Gregory Abrams Davidson solicitors are currently acting for approximately 150 clients who have been affected by the DePuy ASR recall. We are 1 of 6 lead Solicitors across the country that have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this recall receive the compensation they deserve.

In addition, we are currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy metal on metal Pinnacle (information about which is contained in earlier blogs). If you would like to discuss a potential claim with one of our specialist team members, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0151 733 3353 or 020 8209 0166. Alternatively, you can email us at info@gadllp.co.uk

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DEPUY PINNACLE HIP REPLACEMENT: UPDATE

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement: Update

A lot of concern and media attention has recently mounted in respect of the Pinnacle Hip Replacement which is manufactured by Depuy. This implant is still on sale and has not been subject to a manufacturer recall.

Evidence suggests that like the DePuy ASR, the Depuy Pinnacle has a higher than normal revision rate as a result of metal debris.

The newsnight/BMJ investigation (click link to read article) discovered that DePuy altered the design of the Pinnacle implant without any clinical trials being conducted. Some experts believe that the design of the Pinnacle implant is responsible for the high levels of metal debris that is found in patient’s blood.

We are currently investigating claims in respect of the DePuy Pinnacle implant.

If you or somebody you know is suffering as a result of the DePuy Pinnacle or the  DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or a DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our dedicated team on 0151 733 33539 or 02082090166. Alternatively, you can email us at abennett@gadllp.co.uk or fill out our online enquiry form which can be found on the Contact Page.

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MHRA Guidelines: Metal on Metal Hip Replacements

MHRA Guidelines: Metal on Metal Hip Replacements

On the 28th February 2012, the MHRA issued guidance to Surgeons across the country in respect of management recommendations for patients with Metal-on-Metal hip replacement implants.

Please see the following links for more information:

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/dts-bs/documents/medicaldevicealert/con143787.pdf

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9110919/Annual-blood-tests-for-hip-patients-over-poison-fears.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/hip-replacement-toxic-risk-could-affect-50000-7462640.html

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Metal on Metal Hip Replacements: Update February 2012

METAL ON METAL HIP REPLACEMENTS:

Update February 2012

We are currently acting for approximately 150 clients who have been affected by the DePuy ASR recall. We are 1 of 6 lead Solicitors across the UK that have formed a group to work together on ensuring that patients affected by this recall receive the compensation they deserve.

Since the recall in August 2010, there have been increasing concerns in respect of other Metal on Metal hip implants. There are approximately 49,000 patients with large head Metal-on-Metal hip replacements.

Many patients who have Metal-on-Metal hip implants fitted have mirroring symptoms to that of the DePuy ASR, namely damage caused by metal debris resulting in tissue and blood damage which results in the need for the hip to be revised.

A lot of media attention has recently been given to Metal on Metal implants following the recall of the ASR product. The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) have issued an alert in respect of large head (36mm or more) metal on metal implants. The MHRA have advised that patients who have large head metal on metal implants fitted have a “small risk of suffering complications”.

Whilst they have not been recalled, surgeons have been advised to contact all patients and keep them under annual review. At the very least, blood tests should be conducted to measure the levels of chromium and cobalt in the blood.

The previous advice was that patients with this type of implant should be followed up for a minimum of five years following the operation.

This new advice came as a result of a joint BBC Newsnight and British Medical Journal investigation.

For more information please see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17192520

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