Stryker Orthopedics introduced the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip systems in February of 2010 as durable, all-metal alternatives to traditional plastic hips. In just over two years, the devices were used in approximately 20,000 patients undergoing hip replacement procedures.
Unfortunately, Stryker was forced to issue a recall of both the ABG II and Rejuvenate models, after studies showed metal shavings from component wear could cause serious tissue damage and metallic poisoning. Since the recall, many patients have filed a Stryker hip lawsuit to seek help not offered by the company.
The chromium, cobalt and titanium materials used in Stryker hips can become extremely toxic when absorbed into the bloodstream. Recent studies have identified severe metallic poisoning side effects such as bone damage, tissue death, white blood cell damage, hearing or vision problems, and even tumors or cancer.
As part of the July 4, 2012 recall, Stryker has offered to reimburse patients who require testing, treatment or revision surgery for their hips. However, they have not offered compensation for the long-term treatment of metallosis or the pain, suffering and disability that can result.
Stryker recently hired the claims management company Broadspire to attempt to resolve cases quickly and cheaply. However, experts say the compensation offered is far less than the full damages victims could recover with a Stryker hip lawsuit.
If you or a loved one received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG hip implant, it is important that you not sign anything from Stryker until you have spoken to a lawyer about the substantial compensation available from a lawsuit. Contact us today.
In order to obtain FDA approval of the Rejuvenate Modular Hip System, Stryker took advantage of a fast-track provision known as the 510(k) process. This abbreviated system allows approval without the traditional clinical trials and testing that could uncover serious risks such as metallic poisoning.
Due to the failure of Stryker to properly test their devices or warn patients of the dangers, they face liability to thousands of patients who may file a Stryker hip lawsuit.
Lawyers are currently helping those patients who received defective Stryker hips file a claim, even if the side effects of metallic poisoning have yet to surface. Due to the number of cases expected, lawsuits have been consolidated in a special multi-district litigation court in New Jersey.
A lawyer can discuss your case today to let you know if you qualify for a Stryker hip lawsuit and how long you have to take action.
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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.