Why Does the Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit Exist
Within this web site, Stryker Hip Recall lawyer Ben Gordon provides detailed information regarding the Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit and the link between the use of this defective device and the complications arising from its failure. This page is designed to provide you the current facts and issues regarding the Stryker Hip Recall litigation, including side effects, recall and settlement.
What is the Stryker Hip Lawsuit
Stryker Orthopaedics issued a recall on July 6, 2012 for its Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip System Implants. The recall occurred over concerns that the devices were corroding within the bodies of patients who received these particular devices. The corrosion, also known as “fretting”, occurs at the modular-neck joint of the device, and causes massive muscle and bone destruction as a result of “metallosis,” as the body reacts to the break-down products of these defective devices.
If you have one of the recalled Stryker hip implants, you should consult your orthopedic surgeon regarding whether a revision surgery may be needed, or to determine if you have had any of the following complications associated with the implants:
- Fretting (wear) and corrosion at the modular neck junction, which could possibly lead to osteolysis (bone dissolution)
- Joint loosening or dislocation
- Release of metal ions leading to metallosis
- Tissue inflammation
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Broken device
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems differ from other hip implants as they are comprised of more components. Problems occur when force created by body movement places stress at the femoral neck junction, leading to wear as well as generating heavy metal debris.
Before the Stryker hip lawsuit recall, Stryker Orthopaedics allegedly knew of the risks of their now-recalled hip devices, yet failed to warn consumers. The company also used negligent manufacturing and marketing practices which led to several FDA warnings before the Stryker hip recall occurred.
Symptoms of a Stryker Hip Implant Failing
Symptoms of a hip implant failing include the following:
- Chronic pain
- Swelling around the implant
- Bone loss
- Bone fractures
- Bone chipping
- Squeaking and popping sounds
- Cobalt and chromium hip poisoning
Have There Been Any Significant Stryker Hip Settlements
On November 3, 2014, Stryker agreed to a global settlement program (estimated at $1.4 billion) for those who had a recalled hip implant and who had revision surgery prior to November 3, 2014. The minimum award of $300,000 to most victims is said to be the largest ever in failed hip replacement litigation and comes with few reductions. Qualified victims are also entitled to future compensation over the next two years, even if their case is settled.
This global settlement does not prevent individuals with recalled Stryker hip implants from pursuing their own litigation if they do not wish to settle or if they have not yet had a revision surgery.
How Long Do I Have to File a Stryker Hip Lawsuit
Every state has maximum time limitations on when an injury claim must be filed. These time restrictions are known as statutes of limitations. If a claim is not filed against the manufacturer, retailers and/or healthcare providers before the statute of limitations expires, the injured persons are forever prevented from bringing a claim against the entities and persons who may be liable for their injuries.
If you have sustained injuries by having a Stryker hip implant, your statute of limitations may already have expired, or may expire in the very near future. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to tell you without first reviewing the individual facts of your situation. The one thing we can absolutely state is that every day you wait to retain an attorney may be the last day you can bring a claim.
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Why Should I Select Levin Papantonio as My Stryker Hip Attorney
Our law firm has been handling defective product cases since 1955, and is considered a national pioneer in this type of litigation. We are the founder of Mass Torts Made Perfect, which is a national seminar attended by approximately 600 lawyers twice per year where we help teach the successful discovery and trial techniques in national litigation against drug and medical device companies. In litigation such as this, federal judges often select a few attorneys to lead the pre-trial litigation for all those injured throughout the nation who have filed a federal lawsuit. To date, federal judges have selected our attorneys more than 35 times to serve in this capacity. In fact, our law firm was selected by the federal judge handling the national Stryker litigation to be one of the co-lead counsel to pursue this action against Stryker.
For a detailed discussion of our history, credentials, accomplishments and results, please visit our About Us section.
What Does It Cost to Hire Levin Papantonio
Our Stryker hip recall lawyers provide absolutely free confidential consultation, and if we are fortunate enough for you to hire us we never will charge you any fees or costs unless you first recover.
The fee we charge ranges from 20% to 40% depending upon the amount we recover for you. This fee should be similar to, if not exactly the same, as to what other lawyers are charging. This is true whether your lawyer has never handled a medical device case or whether it has been the focus of their practice for more than 50 years, as with our law firm.
To contact us for a free confidential consult, you can call us at (800) 277-1193 (toll free). You also can request a private and confidential consultation by clicking Stryker Hip Lawsuit Form, which form will be immediately reviewed by one of our attorneys handling this litigation.
FDA and Scientific Studies Regarding Stryker Hip
2012-07-16: Stryker Initiates Voluntary Product Recall of Modular-Neck Stems Action Specific to Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stems: Stryker has voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. "While modular-neck stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics, given the potential risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction, Stryker Orthopaedics decided to take this voluntary action," said Stuart Simpson, Vice President and General Manager, Hip Reconstruction. To read more, click FDA Recall - Firm Press Release
Current Stryker Hip Lawsuit News
2014-November 6: Details of the Stryker Hip Implant $1.4 Billion Settlement: For patients who have received a hip replacement, the outcome expected may be to move easier and without pain. For the recipients of a Stryker ABG II or Rejuvenate hip implant, however, the new outcome may be a settlement of $300,000. The Stryker implants were documented to cause corrosion, illness, pain and swelling, and even metal debris found in victims’ blood. They were recalled in 2012. To read more, click Levin Law News
2014-October 20: Stryker Hip Lawsuits: Rhonda Stryker Does It Again: It was less than a year ago – just before Thanksgiving Day of 2013 – that company director Rhonda Stryker, granddaughter of the company's founder, sold 14,000 shares of her company stock. This happened just as a number of Stryker hip lawsuits were moving forward – and shortly after her company was required to pay over $13 million in order to settle charges by the federal government over allegations of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It was predicted at that time that Stryker hip lawsuits would cost her firm up to $1 billion. To read more, click LevinLaw News
2014-June 25: Stryker Hip Lawsuits – Over 1200 and Counting: The health problems caused by the products at the center of the growing number of Stryker hip cases are well-known and documented: metallosis (poisoning from microscopic heavy metal shavings becoming embedded in tissue), necrosis (resultant death of living tissues surrounding the implant) and breakdown of bone tissue (osteolysis) are all associated with the failure of these devices. In most cases, the damage is permanent. To read more, click LevinLaw News