Stryker Orthopedics announced in July of 2012 that they would recall the popular Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant devices over concerns that corrosion and fretting from metallic wear could cause adverse tissue reactions.
Although these hip replacement devices were only on the market since 2010, they were used in approximately 20,000 patients. At this time there is no Stryker Class Action Lawsuit for those affected. However, lawyers are helping patients file individual lawsuits, which may result in higher compensation.
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hips utilized separate, interchangeable metal components, which allowed surgeons to customize a more natural fit during hip replacement procedures.
Unfortunately, however, the wear between these parts can release toxic metal shavings into the body. This can cause metallic poisoning and long-term health issues.
As part of the Stryker recall, the company has only offered patients reimbursement for device removal and certain expenses. However, due to their failure to properly warn of the risks, they also face liability for the pain, expenses, disability and long-term treatment that may be needed.
If you or a loved one received a Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options under the recall. While there is no Stryker Hip Class Action Lawsuit, substantial compensation may be available. Contact us today.
The interchangeable components of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hips were made of cobalt, chromium and titanium. Although very light and durable, these metals can also be very toxic when released into the body.
A recent study from the United Kingdom concluded that toxic metallic shavings released into pelvic bones and tissue, or the bloodstream, can cause serious complications like bone loss, tissue death, white blood cell damage, allergic reactions, vision or hearing problems, or even tumors.
Many of these side effects from metallic poisoning take years to surface and can be difficult to treat. A lawyer can explain how Stryker is liable for failing to properly test the devices before launch, or warn patients of the risks.
They can also explain how individual lawsuits are being filed in a special multi-district litigation court rather than as a Stryker hip class action lawsuit, and how this may be more beneficial to victims.
Lawsuits for defective medical device injuries can be complex matters. Make sure you choose a lawyer who has experience with this specific type of case, and the resources to fight large medical device companies.
The DrugRisk Resource Center only recommends lawyers who specialize in drug and medical device injury cases, and have already handled Stryker hip lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the side effects, research and litigation related to Stryker hip implants, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.