Each year, more than 200,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery in the United States. In recent years, older hip implant designs using metal, ceramic and plastic have been replaced with all-metal models in an attempt to increase durability.
Stryker Orthopedics entered the all-metal hip market in 2010 with the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular implant systems. These devices, designed to allow surgeons to interchange parts and sizes for a better fit, were used in more than 20,000 hip replacement procedures.
Unfortunately, both the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants were recalled in June of 2012 after testing showed the wear of metal components could cause corrosion, fretting and release of metal shavings into the body. Hundreds of those affected have contacted a Stryker hip lawyer to file a claim for their damages.
Records show Stryker knew of the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants and even warned doctors months prior to issuing a recall. However, they failed to properly test the devices or warn patients until thousands had been put at risk.
Due to the number of Stryker hip injury claims expected, cases have been consolidated in a special multi-district litigation court. A Stryker hip lawyer can explain the legal process and how to file a claim.
If you received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal rights before taking action or signing anything from Stryker. Contact us today.
As part of the recall, Stryker stated they would halt sales of the defective devices and reimburse patients for certain testing and removal procedures. However, they haven’t offered adequate compensation for the long-term health effects and treatment that may be required for metallic poisoning.
A study conducted in the United Kingdom in 2009 discovered that toxic metal shavings released into pelvic tissue or the bloodstream by defective hips can cause serious problems like bone loss, tissue death, white blood cell damage, vision or hearing problems, or even tumors. Many of these side effects can take years to surface and be difficult to treat.
Although Stryker had this information prior to releasing their metal hip implants, they took advantage of a fast-track FDA approval program without performing proper testing to measure the risks.
A Stryker hip lawyer can explain how the company is liable for damages, and the compensation that may be available. They can also collect the medical records necessary to file a claim. It costs nothing to speak with a lawyer or file a lawsuit unless you receive a recovery.
Stryker has hired Broadspire, a large claims management company, to attempt to resolve injury claims as cheaply as possible. However, patients that do not consult a lawyer before settling may miss out on substantial compensation to help with their recovery.
Lawsuits for defective medical device injuries can be complex matters. Before choosing a lawyer, make sure they have 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.