Stryker Hip Lawsuit
The Aftermath of the Stryker Recall and Pending Litigation
Did you undergo revision surgery to remove and replace a Stryker implant? Have you had difficulty with your medical device since it was implanted and wonder if the FDA recalled the device?
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys represent patients whose doctor has injured through a medical procedure, including a Stryker hip replacement and ABG II modular-neck hip.
Call us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today to schedule a free consultation. We will discuss the claim's merits during your case evaluation and build the case to ensure your family receives the financial compensation you deserve.
Thousands of patients across the United States and worldwide are left grappling with the painful effects of harmful medical devices. For example, in July 2012, Stryker Orthopedics initiated a voluntary recall of two of its Stryker hip replacement products due to the detrimental effects of these devices on patients.
Stryker hip lawsuit addresses effects such as exposure to increased toxic metal levels, increased pain, increased swelling, and the need for painful revision surgeries.
The voluntary recall has raised the awareness of patients throughout the United States. Perhaps you are one of the many patients who received a Stryker implant before July 2012 and are concerned about whether you may have a defective implant.
If you believe that you may have a recalled Stryker implant and one of the eligible U.S patients, then here are some steps that you can take for your situation.
Contacting Your Physician to Discuss the Recall
Contacting your physician is an initial step that you can take to proceed with treatment for your defective Stryker implant or ABG II modular neck. Your physician will address some of the concerns that you have, such as the following:
- Whether you received a Stryker hip implant during surgery
- Type of Stryker implant you received
- Whether you may have a defective Stryker implant
- Address pain, swelling, or adverse local tissue responses that you may be having due to Stryker hip implants
- Address whether your Stryker implant may need to be removed due to complications
- Address whether you may be a candidate for hip revision surgery and require this invasive procedure
There are some common signs that you may have a failed or defective implant. First, pay attention to any pain you experience in your daily activities, such as walking, standing, performing household chores, or even sitting at an office desk.
You should also be aware of the change in the appearance of any skin surrounding the hip implant. If you notice redness, swelling, or a tumor, these could be signs that you have a defective implant.
Discuss the Best Treatment Options for You
When you meet with a physician, you will discuss the best treatment options available to you. Unfortunately, these treatment options typically require complete removal of the implant and hip revision surgery.
You should know and understand that this surgery is a very invasive procedure that can cause severe pain and other severe complications, and adverse body responses.
Research studies have indicated that adverse local tissue responses tend to be harmful after hip revision surgery. In addition, a research study conducted by Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, reported that patients requiring hip revision surgeries have suffered from the development of "pseudotumors" as a result.
Consider the Need for Removal of Stryker Hip Implants
Ultimately, you may need to obtain a complete removal of the hip implant from your hip region. Another issue with these hip implants has been that patients are at risk of suffering from metallosis.
Metallosis is blood metal poisoning that can occur due to increased metal levels within the bloodstream. For example, recalled hip implants have a known tendency to dispense with increased titanium, chromium, and cobalt levels leaking into the surrounding tissue.
Consider the Need for Hip Revision Surgery
If you decide to proceed with a hip revision surgery after consulting with your physician, be aware that you may be eligible for damages to cover the costs of this surgery. In addition, you may be eligible to receive damages, lost wages, loss of consortium, and other medical expenses that you suffer from the failed implant.
The recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II implants have caused immense pain and suffering to patients. Individuals who require hip revision surgery due to these defective hip implants are often unable to return to work for months at a time. They may also be unable to carry on with their daily lives or even walk.
Stryker Hip Implants
Stryker Orthopedics is facing allegations of making multiple metal-on-metal implants that do not function as designed or expected. As a result, the company has faced many Stryker hip lawsuits from injured patients who have had device replacements through revision surgeries.
The two hip stems manufactured by the company and recalled are Rejuvenate and ABG II. The active ingredients in Stryker's hip plants are titanium, cobalt, and chromium.
In 2014, Stryker Orthopedics agreed to pay $1.43 billion to resolve Stryker hip lawsuits regarding its ABG II and Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hop stems. As per this settlement, each plaintiff would get around $600,000 in compensation.
The company is facing legal problems again as its anatomic LFIT V40 femoral heads are causing side effects, such as pain, dislocation, inflammation, and loss of mobility. Suppose you have recently received an anatomic V40 femoral head and are experiencing these symptoms. In that case, you can file a hip lawsuit to be compensated by Stryker.
How Long Does the Stryker Implant Last?
The Stryker implant lasts for a long time, but the company is facing a barrage of implant lawsuits. In addition, three hospitals in Colorado canceled surgeries due to faulty Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II Implants.
Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II implants because of releasing metal shrapnel into patients' bloodstreams. Stryker has also faced lawsuits over the Trident ACET interference screw because it was loosening up early and fracturing.
Typically, a prosthetic can last between 15 to 20 years. However, the longevity of the implant also depends on the patient's age and physical activity.
For example, someone who is very active and overweight would expect their hip implant to last longer than a less physically active person.
Stryker Hip Implants Causing Injuries
The Stryker three hip implants causing injuries to patients are:
- Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head
- Stryker ABG II Modular Neck hip stems
- Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck hip stems
Stryker used the 510(k) Premarket Notification Process to approve its implant devices. It's a fast approval process, allowing manufacturers to avoid clinical trials as they claim their products are similar to those already in the market.
As a result, potential patients did not use the medical implants before the sale. Therefore, several patients suffered before the post-market reports started revealing problems.
The Rejuvenate and ABG II Stryker implant devices were recalled in 2012 because the company could not reach a specific level of consistency regarding defects with the artificial joint.
The company could not maintain adequate quality control on its products. As a result, they shipped defective metal hip implants that failed prematurely. Therefore it recalled LFIT V40 femoral head.
There are four main side effects of Stryker implant failure:
- Severe pain, which may include radiating pain down the leg or back
- Inability to walk without assistance due to severe joint damage.
- Avascular necrosis (AVN) occurs when the bones' blood supply is affected by implant failure, causing them to die because they are not receiving enough oxygen. Avascular necrosis can cause severe pain as well as lead to bone deformity and permanent disability.
- Stiffness in the joint where hip implant failure took place
Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits: V40 Femoral Head, Rejuvenate and ABG II
Patients seeking compensation for Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant-related injuries, including revision surgeries, infections, pain, and suffering, could file Stryker hip implant lawsuits.
To date, there have been more than 7,000 Rejuvenate implant lawsuits filed across the United States, with many more expected.
Those who received Stryker's LFIT anatomic V40 Femoral Heads may be eligible to join one of the many lawsuit settlements. Stryker is reportedly facing a potential settlement of around $1 billion after allegations that its LFIT anatomic V40 femoral head caused severe injury to thousands of patients.
What Do Lawyers Argue?
In most Stryker implant lawsuits, lawyers argue the following:
- The company was negligent in designing the hip replacements.
- Stryker failed to test the medical device and warn the patients and doctors about toxicity issues of the hip implant.
- A Stryker hip replacement was defective during the manufacturing process, leading to a Taper Lock failure.
Taper lock failure refers to the inability of Stryker's Stylus metal-on-metal hip implant system to achieve proper fixation at the stem-head junction.
As a result, patients continue to suffer from degradation of their hips and extreme pain while not receiving the benefit of replacement surgery.
Along with severe pain, hip implants also cause other complications. For example, in the Stryker hip lawsuits, lawyers blame the implants' metal hip parts for being toxic to the individual's body. Till now, six of the company's hip replacement models have been facing lawsuits.
Three brands appear in mass litigations. These include LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads, ABG II, and Rejuvenate.
Tritanium Acetabular Shell Lawsuits
Many patients have experienced complications upon getting the Tritanium Acetabular Shell hip implants. These devices are supposed to replace the receiver's hip socket, fusing their bones by helping bone growth.
However, they aren't 100% functional and may loosen quickly following surgery. As a result, there's more pain that requires more surgery.
Stryker implant issues can also lead to lifelong disabilities that could affect your ability to work and enjoy life. Seek legal help from an experienced personal injury attorney to explore all available options and hold Stryker accountable for the problems associated with their hip implant devices.
If a Stryker implant injured you, contact an attorney, and they will help you get compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Also, keep in mind that a hip replacement tends to last for years and not just a few months and should never cause extreme pain, infection, or swelling.
Additionally, revision surgeries are not only excruciating but also expensive. So, filing a lawsuit is your right to ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
Rejuvenate and ABG II Settlement
The FDA recalled Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hips after the manufacturer failed to report patient deaths associated with these devices. More than 680,000 people worldwide were using the two models before the recall.
- In June 2015, Stryker recalled some of their Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implants because a separator between parts of the medical device could fracture over time.
- On July 21, 2016, William Giles received $3 Million to settle his claim against Stryker relating to Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implants.
- In November 2016, Stryker announced a second recall for Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implants; due to the possible separator fracture, which could release metal debris into the body.
- In March 2017, Stryker settled 840 lawsuits filed by people that received Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants.
- In 2014, the company agreed on a settlement program of $1.43 billion and paid thousands of people who had filed lawsuits. In addition, the settlement was extended to more patients by 2016, increasing the total amount to around $2.2 billion.
The plaintiffs had until March 2017 to file a lawsuit as the company wanted to pay off the whole amount by the end of the year. However, by 2019, there were around 1,209 cases still pending in a federal court of Minnesota.
Meanwhile, there were more than 800 cases in New Jersey that were still pending in 2018. Here's a timeline to understand how the lawsuit panned out:
- July 2012: The Company withdrew ABGII and Rejuvenate hip implants from the market and alerted healthcare providers to be aware of the implants' potential complications.
- August 2012: A plaintiff filed the first Stryker hip lawsuit against the company in a state court of New Jersey.
- June 2003: The federal lawsuits were combined into a Minnesota federal court by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
- December 2013: The Company agreed to pay, leading to the cancelation of the first trial.
- November 2014: The Company offered to settle for $1.4 billion.
- December 2016: The Company offered a settlement extension.
- March 2017: After the deadline passed, Stryker agreed to pay every plaintiff by the end of the year
- August 2019: 1,209 lawsuits were still pending in a Minnesotan federal court
LFIT V40 Femoral Head Settlement
The company recalled Stryker's LFIT V40 Femoral Head hip implant and 42,519 LFIT v40 units as the complication rates were "higher than expected."
In 2018, the company announced a settlement agreement. However, by 2019, 689 lawsuits were still pending against the company in a federal court of Minnesota.
The documents further confirmed that this agreement would take 100 other lawsuits from a New Jersey litigation into account too. The manufacturer faces Stryker hip lawsuits for many products, including Rejuvenate, ABG II, and ASR XL hip implants.
The company is facing accusations of selling faulty medical devices that do not last as advertised, leaving patients with revision surgery problems.
Stryker has already settled over 100 lawsuits involving early versions of these implants at an average cost of $170K per patient. So you might be entitled to compensation if you had one of their recalled medical devices implanted.
Call Stryker Hip Recall Lawyers for Help
Are you experiencing complications with your modular hip replacement? Did the FDA recall the medical device, or has your doctor suggested a revision surgery to remove and replace the implant?
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