Patient alleges Pinnacle Hip System is defective, caused excessive levels of cobalt in body

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 18, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – A Connecticut man alleges he needed revision surgery to remove a defective hip implant system.

David Schatz filed a complaint on Jan. 30 in the San Francisco Superior Court against Depuy Orthopaedics Inc., Johnson & Johnson Services Inc., Johnson & Johnson Inc., et al. alleging strict product liability, negligence, fraud and other counts.

According to the complaint, on May 2008, David Schatz underwent surgical procedures to implant defendants' Pinnacle Hip System in his left hip. He alleges the system failed and caused excessive and toxic levels of cobalt and chromium in his body and he needed a surgery on Jan. 2 to remove the allegedly defective system.

The plaintiff holds Depuy Orthopaedics Inc., Johnson & Johnson Services Inc., Johnson & Johnson Inc., et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly placed the Pinnacle Hip System into the stream of commerce with manufacturing defects.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for punitive and exemplary damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of action and such other and further relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Kenneth M. Seeger, Adam R. Salvas and Brian J. Devine of Seeger Salvas & Devine LLP in San Francisco.

San Francisco Superior Court case number CGC19573375

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