Companies that produce consumer goods are required by law to make sure their products are safe for their consumers. Different factors can affect what safety standards are required i.e. what the product is, what the product does, and who is the product designed for; but no matter what, if certain safety standards are neglected, and a company produces a product which causes harm to you or a loved one, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. An expert product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates will be able to help guide you through this complicated litigation process so that you can begin to recover from your injuries.
Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) has been ordered to pay $247 million to half a dozen patients in a product liability case who claimed the company hid defects in its Pinnacle artificial hips. This marks the third substantial settlement regarding this product for the company. A jury held that officials of the company knew the devices were defective but nevertheless failed to properly warn doctors and patients about the risk that they would prematurely fail. The panel awarded a total of $79 million in actual damages and $168 million in punitive damages to a group of six New York residents whose hips had to be surgically removed.
The number of lawsuits accusing J&J of mishandling the metal-on-metal hips has grown by more than 13 percent over the past year, up to 9,900. J&J stopped selling the devices in 2013 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration toughened artificial-hip regulations. Company officials believed they acted “appropriately and responsibly” in the development and marketing of the Pinnacle hips and plan to immediately begin the appeal process.
Have you or a loved one been injured because of a defective product? If so, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for any pain and suffering, lost wages, and outstanding medical bills, so please contact one of our expert Massachusetts products liability lawyers here at our Boston, Massachusetts law firm at 617-787-3700 or email us at [email protected]. Call today for a free and confidential consultation. Your needs are our top priority!