A lawyer in a metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuit has accused the manufacturer of hiding serious defects for as many as 10 years before recalling the devices. Johnson & Johnson allegedly knew their Pinnacle and ASR hip replacements caused side effects such as metal blood poisoning as early as 2001, according to lawyers in the first of more than 6,000 Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits.
Metal hip replacement side effects are not unique to Johnson & Johnson devices; the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II metal-on-metal hip replacements have been found to fail at a similar rate to DePuy implants, often leading to severe complications. Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II side effects include premature loosening of the hip, tissue damage, limited mobility, and toxic levels of metal in the blood stream.
Stryker issued an ABG II and Rejuvenate recall after studies found the devices were causing injuries in thousands of patients. Stryker now faces multiple hip implant lawsuits alleging that the company released defective devices.