The Stryker hip replacement lawsuit involves the LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral heads utilized in the Stryker Accolade, and also the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip modules.
The LFIT Anatomic heads manufactured before 2012 are experiencing a high failure rate, and the company has issued a voluntary recall of the medical devices. The defect can result in immense pain, mobility issues, broken bones, cobalt poisoning, chromium toxicity, metallosis, and complete hip revision surgery.
The Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular hip systems were recalled several years ago because the devices were corroding within the bodies of patients. The corrosion occurs at the modular-neck joint, and can cause muscle and bone loss. A global settlement has been reached in regard to these specific devices.
A hip replacement is a surgical operation where the hip joint is replaced with a prosthetic implant. It's often done to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bone tumors and hip fractures.
Why are Stryker Hip Lawsuits Being Filed
Lawyers argue the following:
- The hip replacements were defective at the time they were manufactured, causing numerous failures and cobalt and chromium poisoning.
- Stryker was negligent in the design of the hip replacements.
- The company failed to properly test the devices, and failed to quickly warn doctors and patients of the failures and the toxicity issues.
Which Stryker Hip Implants are Subject to a Recall
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems manufactured before 2012 have been recalled.
The following Stryker LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral heads (often found in the Accolade) have also been recalled:
|Catalog Number||Head Diameter||Dates|
If you have one of the above implants, you should talk with your orthopedic surgeon to determine whether a revision surgery or a cobalt and chromium blood test is needed. You also should determine if you are experiencing any of the following complications caused by the implants:
|Complications & Symptoms|
|Bone chipping||Bone fractures|
|Bone loss||Broken device|
|Chromium poisoning and toxicity||Chronic pain|
|Cobalt poisoning and toxicity||Dislocation of the femoral head from the hip stem|
|Excessive metallic debris||Fretting (wear) and corrosion at the modular neck junction|
|Insufficient range of motion||Joint loosening or dislocation|
|Leg length discrepancy||Loss of mobility|
|Metallosis||Necrosis (tissue death)|
|Periprosthetic fracture||Squeaking and popping sounds|
Friction can cause the hip replacement to corrode and result in metal ions being released in the joint space. Toxic substances from the device can cause local bone tissue to die, and make implants more likely to fracture or become completely dislocated. The metal ions also can cause inflammation, pain, and swelling.
Cobalt and chromium ions from the implants can poison the patient and result in injuries such as loss of sight and hearing, cardiovascular disorders and thyroid dysfunction.
Patients with metal sensitivity may suffer severe allergic reactions.
Stryker Hip Lawsuit NewsStryker Hip Settlement – Time Is Running Out:
The big news for 4,000 Stryker hip lawsuit plaintiffs is that a settlement was reached in November 2014. The company has agreed to set aside an initial $1 billion in order to pay compensation to patients who experienced medical problems due to the failure of their Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II Modular hip replacements. To read more, click Levin Law NewsStryker Hip Litigation – 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
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How Much Compensation can be Recovered in the Stryker Hip Lawsuit
We will be seeking the following damages for you:
- Past and future medical expenses to treat any injuries arising out of the failed hip replacement.
- Past and future mental pain and suffering caused by the defective implant.
- Past and future wage loss because of the recalled medical device.
- Other economic losses you might have sustained as a result of dealing with the implant issues.
- Punitive damages, if appropriate.
Stryker Hip Implant Recalls
In September 2016, Stryker voluntarily recalled the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral head, utilized in the Accolade implants. In July 2012, Stryker voluntarily recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip System Implants.
As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving the Stryker LFIT failures. However, there has been a global settlement involving the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Systems.
In 2014, Stryker agreed to a global settlement program (estimated at $1.4 billion) for those who had a recalled Rejuvenate or ABG II 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 potential future compensation, 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.