The Stryker Corporation has recalled tens of thousands of its hip implants after numerous reports of severe injuries, ranging from impaired kidney function to metal poisoning and trouble walking.
If you suffered these personal injuries or any other side effects after being implanted with a Stryker hip replacement, you may be able to file a Stryker hip implant lawsuit to attempt to recover compensation for medical expenses and a variety of other damages. The defective medical device attorneys at Roden Law know how to investigate these situations to build a strong case. We can manage every step of the legal process for you, pursuing the maximum compensation you deserve.
We take these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means your consultation is absolutely free and you will not be charged legal fees unless we obtain compensation.
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Side Effects from Stryker Hip Implants
The Stryker Corporation has been hit with thousands of Stryker hip implant lawsuits over injuries caused by some of its hip replacement products, including the following models:
- ABG II
- LFIT V40
- Accolade TMZF
- Citation TMZF
- Meridian TMZF
Stryker has settled thousands of cases involving the Rejuvenate and ABG II implants. These implants were made with a proprietary cobalt-chrome alloy that was meant to provide greater durability. However, these implants have had the same problems that other metal-on-metal implants have. The joints can become dislocated due to metal grinding on metal.
The LFIT V40 hip replacements have some of the same problems, including dislocation, excessive wear that results in debris inside the body and fractured hip stems.
These types of problems often lead to premature device failure, which can cause the following injuries in patients:
- Poisoning from metal debris
- Rashes on the skin
- Reduced kidney function
- Swelling at the implant site
- Pain in the hip, leg or groin
- Broken bones
- Impaired hearing or vision
- Impaired mobility, such as limping
- Pain in the neck
- Cognitive problems
If you have dealt with these or any other side effects after receiving a Stryker hip implant, contact Roden Law for a free consultation. We may be able to file a Stryker hip implant lawsuit to try to obtain compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. This includes medical expenses for revision surgery and other treatment of your injuries.
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Recalls of Stryker Hip Replacement Products
Some of Stryker's hip implants have caused so many problems that the corporation was forced to issue a recall. One of the first recalls occurred in June 2012, when the corporation issued a worldwide recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II models.
This recall came after almost seven years of complaints about these devices and dozens of reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of metal poisoning that required revision surgery. Stryker Corporation also issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice warning that these two devices could suffer corrosion that leads to metallosis, necrosis and pain.
One of the terms of the recall was to reimburse patients and surgeons for medical costs from problems with the device, including testing, treatment and revision surgery. The terms of the reimbursement program are unclear about whether Stryker Corporation will reimburse patients for damages other than medical treatment, such as pain and suffering, discomfort, or lost wages for missed time at work.
There was another recall issued in 2016 for approximately 42,000 LFIT V40 femoral heads due to taper lock failure. The recall was preceded by another Urgent Field Safety Notice warning about many problems with the device that could cause injury to patients.
These two recalls resulted in thousands of Stryker hip implant lawsuits being filed against the Stryker Corporation over injuries caused by these devices.
Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits that Have been Filed
The first lawsuit over Rejuvenate and ABG II models was filed just two months after the recall. Thousands more people sued in the months and years that followed.
These lawsuits make several allegations against the Stryker Corporation, such as:
- Stryker either knew or should have known that it made, marketed and distributed defective hip implant products.
- The company failed to conduct adequate testing of the safety of these devices.
- Defective design caused loosening, infection and metallosis in patients.
- The company misrepresented the safety of these implants.
Approximately 2,300 Stryker hip implant lawsuits from all over the nation were combined into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in a Minnesota federal court in June 2013. The first trial was scheduled for December 2013, but it was cancelled after the company offered to settle.
The $1.425 billion settlement was announced in December 2014, with victims set to receive at least $300,000 in damages. In December 2016, the settlement was extended to apply to some 2,600 Stryker hip implant lawsuits filed in a state court in New Jersey, along with claims filed by anyone who had revision surgery to replace an implant on or before Dec. 19, 2016.
Under the terms of the settlement, victims were free to opt out and continue their individual cases to pursue more compensation. The deadline to apply for settlement money was March 2017 and the Stryker Corporation stated that it would send out all settlement payments by the end of 2017.
As of November 2017, more than 1,800 Stryker hip implant lawsuits over ABG II and Rejuvenate implants were still pending in the Minnesota MDL.
LFIT V40 Lawsuits
Not long after the recall of LFIT V40 femoral heads, victims began to file Stryker hip implant lawsuits to pursue compensation. In April 2017, the first lawsuits to be filed were put into an MDL in Massachusetts federal court. More of these lawsuits were also combined into a multi-county litigation in Bergen County, New Jersey.
As of November 2017, there were 131 of these lawsuits pending in the Massachusetts MDL. The first trial in the MDL is scheduled for September 2019.
If you were injured by a Stryker hip implant, you may be able to join one of these litigations to pursue compensation. Contact our defective medical device lawyers today to determine your legal options.
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Contact Us About Filing a Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit
Defective hip implants can cause severe injuries that affect you for the rest of your life. If this has happened to you, contact an attorney from Roden law for a free legal consultation.
We may be able to file a Stryker hip implant lawsuit to try to obtain fair compensation for all of the damages you have suffered, such as medical expenses and pain and suffering. We know how to accurately value your claim and build a strong case in defense of your best interests.
Medical device manufacturers should be held accountable for producing and distributing defective products that break and cause serious injuries. These companies have a legal obligation to produce safe products or at least warn you adequately about all of the risks.
We take cases on contingency, so there is no fee for your consultation and you will not be charged unless we obtain compensation.