If I Require a Revision Surgery due to my Defective Stryker Hip Implant, may I Still Collect Damages?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents people with post-surgery injuries that resulted from a defective Stryker hip implant surgery. Our legal team handles hip and knee implant injury cases involving product liability and other types of professional negligence. Our law firm has extensive experience in resolving lawsuits and compensation claims for our clients who have required revision surgery to remove an implant device recalled by the FDA or voluntarily recalled by the Stryker Corporation.
Our attorneys are available to answer any legal question on how to receive the compensation you deserve if a malfunctioning medical device injured your loved one. Should you have additional questions, we invite you to contact our office for a free review of your legal rights.
Stryker Implant Injury Information
In 2012, the Stryker Howmedica Osteonics Corporation recalled two of its leading artificial joint implant devices, the Rejuvenate and the ABG II due to serious patient safety concerns. A few years later, the corporation voluntarily recalled their LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral head device because of similar issues. These recalls came after thousands of patients complained of severe side effects including hip dislocation, fractured femur and pelvic bones, joint instability, cognitive problems, severe pain and other medical conditions.
The defective hip implant injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide the facts posted below to assist families in making a much-informed decision when seeking justice in taking legal action to obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Stryker Artificial Hip Implant System Dangers
Over a decade ago, the Stryker Corporation developed numerous hip replacement devices that promised to provide surgeons more options to customize a hip replacement device for their patients. The artificial hip joint was manufactured with a pelvic concave indentation (acetabulum socket) and a femoral head (ball) that were available in assorted sizes.
Unfortunately, the customizable options proved to be extremely dangerous to the patient. In the months and years after the device was implanted, the components began breaking down in the patient's body through corrosive action and fretting that occurred from the grinding of metal against metal. In the end, the problems associated with the Stryker hip replacement devices were significantly worse than the competitors' implant units.
As a result, the Stryker Corporation initiated an Urgent Safety Notice after it was discovered that their devices and components had high failure rates that produce serious side effects including:
- Metal Poisoning – The grinding of metal against metal eventually releases generated toxic metal cobalt and chromium particles, debris, and dust into the patient's body that enters the bloodstream. Metallosis results in patients suffering nervous system damage, heart issues, thyroid problems, and difficulties with their liver, lymph nodes, muscles, and kidneys.
- Osteolysis – Many patients suffer a breakdown and bone tissue caused by repetitive movement of the joint.
- Necrosis – The defective design of Stryker hip implant devices causes necrosis (bone and tissue death) at the affected hip site.
- Hip Arthroplasty Pseudo-Tumors – Fake tumors develop in the body from the collection of metal flakes and fluid created by the hip joint that produces soft tissue mass that resembles a tumor.
- Bone Fracture at the implant site that produces poor fixation and the potential development of life-threatening infections.
- Component Loosening and Misalignment that creates hip instability
- Limited or Loss of Mobility that might involve difficulty in standing or walking, hip dislocation, tissue inflammation, and joint instability.
- Joint Movement Noises that could include clicking, snapping, squeaking, or popping from the implant site.
- Unexplained Muscle Mass Loss
- Intense Pain in the hip, abdomen, groin, and thigh area and pain when standing from a seated position.
In most of these cases, the patient experiences severe complications and requires revision surgery to remove the defective Stryker hip implant that is replaced with another device manufacturer with different components. Unfortunately, many revision surgeries produce unique medical complications that may require one or more additional surgical procedures to improve the patient's health outcome.
Has Stryker Paid Damages on Their Defective Devices yet?
In November 2014, the Stryker Howmedica Osteonics Corporation reached a global settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who suffered severe injuries from the company's defective devices. This settlement came after the company voluntarily recalled their Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stem hip implants from the medical marketplace.
Unfortunately, the recall came too late for the many plaintiffs who had reported severe complications including metallosis and had to undergo revision surgery to stop or repair the damaging effects caused by the defective Stryker products. That global settlement was reached through litigation and will pay out $1.4 billion to past, current and future plaintiffs seeking compensation.
Before the Stryker products were recalled from the medical marketplace, the company sold over 20,000 units of both the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant stems. However, the first round of payments to plaintiffs as a settlement to resolve their lawsuit involved just 5000 injured patients. Experts believe there will be many thousands more lawsuits filed in the future as the defective hip implant devices continue to fail and additional suffrage to more patients than before.
Collecting Defective Stryker Implant Damages
If your doctor has recommended that you undergo defective Stryker hip implant revision surgery, you likely have the right to file a case for compensation against the manufacturer under civil “product liability” tort law. You can submit a compensation claim with the defendant's insurance company or a lawsuit that will be head in court if you have experienced any of the symptoms listed above, other symptoms, or no symptoms at all, yet.
An attorney working on your behalf will build your case to show how a defective Stryker hip implant device caused the severe side effects and complications you endured. However, time is of the essence. You are required to file all the necessary documentation and paperwork before the federal or state statute of limitations expires. Your attorney can help you determine the exact date that you must submit your claim or lawsuit to prevent forfeiting your rights to seek compensation at any time in the future.
Your attorney will take specific steps to preserve the evidence in your case to prove your lawsuit at trial, including obtaining the removed defective Stryker device after your revision surgery. Showing the faulty implant in court will support your suit and prove that there were one or more defects that caused the device to fail. These severe defects could include:
- Ion Generation and Metal Debris/Particles – Your attorney may show that there was corrosion or fretting in the modular neck junction of your Stryker device that was generating metal ions between the open joint space. Showing the fretting or corrosion to the jury could validate your claim that you've endured health problems including tissue inflammation, necrosis (dead tissue) metallosis (metal poisoning) and intense pain that required you to undergo revision surgery.
- Fretting-Associated Debris – If your attorney can show that there was fretting on your removed defective Stryker artificial hip implant, the evidence could support your claim that you suffered osteolysis (the destruction of bone tissue that was absorbed by the body). Proving this claim could show the jury the reason why your implant loosened and caused other problems, and created the need for you to undergo a revision surgical procedure.
Your doctor will likely recommend imaging x-ray tests to help identify metal debris that can cause inflammation in the joint area and the surrounding tissue. An additional blood test can detect metal particles and dust that is free-flowing in the bloodstream.
Are All Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits Being Heard in MDL Court?
No. Some plaintiffs have chosen to file a lawsuit in county court to be heard by a local judge instead of seeking compensation through the federal MDL (multidistrict litigation) court system. That said, the outcome for plaintiff's in either court is about the same. The justice system is holding Stryker financially accountable for the harm, damages, and injuries they have caused their patients by marketing and selling their defective Rejuvenate, ABG II and LFIT Anatomic V40 hip implants and components.
The clients' lawyers build cases on Stryker's negligence and their failure to:
- Test the efficacy, safety and failure rate of each hip replacement devices before marketing and selling the products in the medical marketplace.
- Label each component appropriately because some were mislabeled, described the wrong component, or were posted with the wrong expiration date.
- Issue a safety warning to doctors, patients, medical centers and hospitals over concerns of the severe complications associated with the Rejuvenate, ABG II and LFIT Anatomic V40 implants and components.
The defective Stryker artificial hip implant lawsuits are being heard in the US District Court, District of Minnesota (#13-2441) as established under the J.P.M.L. (Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation). While the newly filed defective implant device cases can join the ongoing multidistrict litigation in Minnesota, plaintiffs have the right to proceed independently in state court. Our law firm represents clients nationwide and in Illinois county courthouses.
How do I Take Legal Action now?
Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted defective medical device cases for holding the manufacturer accountable for the harm, losses, and damages caused by the design and manufacturing defects. We remain committed to providing exceptional, successful results through our expert legal services. Our law firm will navigate you through the process ahead, listen to your concerns and work tirelessly on your behalf to maximize your monetary recovery.
If you believe a faulty hip implant caused your damages, and your doctor is recommending revision surgery, your injuries might be the result of a defective medical device. The dangerous medical devices injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal assistance to patients who have suffered injuries after undergoing surgical procedures.
Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your compensation claim. Our legal team accepts all personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, product liability suits and medical malpractice claim through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement postpones the payment of legal services until after we have successfully resolved your case through a jury trial or negotiated out of court settlement. We provide every client a “No Win/No-Fee” guarantee. This guarantee stated that if we are unable to secure financial compensation on your behalf through a negotiated settlement or a jury trial award, you owe us nothing. All information you share with our law office remains confidential.
For additional information see the following pages:
- What Stryker hips have been impacted by the FDA recall, and how do I know if I have one?
- Have all Stryker hip implants been recalled, or just specific designs?
- Why have the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Neck systems been recalled?
- What are signs that my Stryker hip implant has failed or is defective?
- Should I hire a lawyer for a case involving my Stryker hip implant?
- Will I be able to afford hiring a lawyer to represent me in a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant case?
- What type of legal actions are available to recover funds from Stryker?
- Why should I consider hiring a lawyer as opposed to entering the Broadspire program to have my expenses paid?
- What are injuries associated with defective Stryker hip implants such as the Rejuvenate and ABG II?
- What are the risks associated with a hip revision surgery?
- What are the design flaws in Stryker hip systems?
- Is it true that Stryker hip systems can cause metal poisoning, and if so, what types of metals are contained in the Stryker hip implants?
- What types of compensation may be available in my Stryker hip implant case?
- Does your law firm have any relationship with the Stryker Corporation?
- How can I find a lawyer to represent me in my Stryker hip implant case?