The makers of DePuy hip replacement devices and Johnson & Johnson have filed post-trial motions contesting a $502 million verdict entered in five Pinnacle hip implant cases that were consolidated for trial, claiming that the award in the verdicts was “undeniably excessive,” and inconsistent.
The motion was filed in a Dallas Court and defendants in the case are asking for a new trial be held on all issues that were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Attorneys for the defense contend that the plaintiffs were allowed to present a “litany of inadmissible evidence,” that resulted in severe prejudice against the defendants.
The jury’s final award totaled $502,043,908 aginst DePuy and Johnson & Johnson.
The defendants asserted that the $502 million verdict is “undeniably excessive,” and was grossly disproportionate to the plaintiffs’ injuries, “which have largely been ameliorated.” Further, the defendants said that the plaintiffs failed to present evidence supporting future medical expenses and awarded duplicative damages.
Having hip replacement surgery is a serious medical operation. Those who opt for the surgery find it is the only way to eliminate years of hip and other related pain and be able to function reasonably once again. It is a horrific outcome when someone as hip replacement surgery and finds out that the device has failed prematurely and for no fault on the patient’s part or their physician.
If you or a loved one has suffered from complications after receiving a hip implant or required revision surgery, then after consulting with your doctor, you need to speak with an attorney who understands product liability law and can protect your rights.
The law firm of John Foy & Associates is ready to help you. Contact us at 404-800-4635 to schedule a free consultation.