Stryker Hip Replacement Recall & Litigation
Di Pietro Partners is investigating injuries associated with defective Stryker hip replacement implants. Injuries include individuals suffering from metallosis (metal poisoning), prolonged pain, disability, and other serious complications. Originally, settlements on these claims were expected to total over $1.4 billion and this number could be much greater since an agreement in 2016 extended the scope of these lawsuits. As a result, patients suffering from complications after receiving a Stryker hip implant, may be eligible to receive compensation from the device manufacturer. It’s important to note, there’s a statute of limitation on these cases; thus, it’s imperative to seek legal and medical advice as soon as possible.
Our law firm works with board certified physicians. and has a team of dedicated lawyers pursuing injury claims against metal hip replacement manufactures anywhere in the United States. We’re dedicated to helping clients receive compensation for their life-altering injuries. Therefore, if you, or a loved one were affected by a defective Stryker hip replacement, contact us for a free and confidential consultation today.
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Background And Devices
Stryker Corporation is a major medical technology company focused in selling products used for joint replacement, surgery, etc. As of 2017, their annual revenue totals over 12 billion placing them on the list of Fortune 500 companies. Unfortunately, some of their metal hip implants are prone to failure. This failure has caused serious patient injury resulting in mass litigation against the company. Instead of fighting litigation in court, the company settled many cases in 2014. These settlements were expected to total over $1.4 billion; however, an agreement in 2016 extended the number of plaintiffs covered under the initial settlement. As a result, litigation against Stryker was able to continue and patients suffering from complications may still be eligible to receive compensation. Below is a list of Stryker devices involved in litigation.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip System – The Stryker Rejuvenate contains metal on metal components which lead to increased levels of metal in the blood. Furthermore, this device has also been linked to a high early failure rate, which forces patients to undergo revision surgery. The voluntary Stryker hip recall of this device occured in July, 2012.
ABG II Modular-neck Hip Stems – In 2012, Stryker announced the recall of this product. The recall was due to metal corrosion on the device which led to adverse effects in patients. In fact, the U.S Food and Drug Administration has cited a “Class 2 Device Recall” for Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Stems. (FDA, July 12, 2012)
Other metal hip devices – If you do not see the hip implant you’re inquiring about listed, you should still contact us as numerous other devices may be subject to litigation. Also, it’s important to note that a device does not need to have been recalled to be the subject to litigation.
Symptoms & Risks Of Stryker Hip Replacement Failure
Common symptoms of Stryker hip replacement failure include the following:
- Adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR)
- Difficulty walking
Patients that experience no symptoms may still be subject to underlying health problems from cobalt/chromium toxicity which may produce harmful side effects such as:
- Metallosis (build-up of metal debris)
- Necrosis (the cell death of tissues)
- Death of bone cells (Osteolysis)
- Damage to muscle
- Allergic response
- Implant Loosening
- Ball & Socket Dislocation
- Femur fractures
- Broken devices
- Pseudo-tumor formation
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these complications after receiving a Stryker hip replacement, or have had hip replacement revision surgery to correct issues, you should seek legal and medical advice immediately. Therefore, if you wish to file a lawsuit, or learn more about the issue, call this number today. 1.800.712.8462