The Stryker hip lawsuit involves the LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral head utilized in the Stryker Accolade, and also the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip modules.
The LFIT Anatomic femoral heads manufactured before 2012 are experiencing a higher than expected 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, as the femoral heads could corrode and fail to fully lock at the stem-head taper junction, a problem referred to a “taper lock failure.”
- 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.
The LFIT V40 is manufactured to replace the upper portion of a patient's femur, specifically the ball-like protrusion that fits into the acetabular cup (the hip socket).
The key problem is that the Stryker LFIT V40 has been failing at higher than expected rates, with the medical device separating from the patient's femoral stem, apparently as a result of metal corrosion and taper lock failure. Unfortunately, dislocation or breakage of the device can happen suddenly with relatively little, obvious warnings.
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:
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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 to check for possible poisoning or toxicity.
You also should tell your doctor if your are having pain; inflammation; instability; or loss of range of motion. This can be a sign that your implant is failing or has fractured or dislocated.
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 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.
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"In addition to the specific causes of the failure of each plaintiff’s device, the cases now before us implicate numerous common issues concerning the development, manufacture, testing, regulatory history, promotion, and labeling of the LFIT V40 cobalt-chromium femoral head." To read more, click Judicial Panel Multi-District LitigationStryker Orthopaedics to compensate additional eligible U.S. patients who had surgery to replace their Rejuvenate Modular-Neck and/or ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems:
The Settlement Program is available to eligible United States patients who had revision surgery for reasons related to the voluntary recall of the modular-neck hip stems prior to December 19, 2016. To read more, click Yahoo SportsStryker to Pay More Than $1 Billion for Recalled Devices:
Stryker Corp. agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve lawsuits over thousands of hip implants recalled in 2012 after patients complained of pain, swelling and metal debris from the devices. Stryker will pay a base amount of $300,000 per case to patients who had the devices surgically removed, Kim Catullo, one of the company’s lawyers, told a New Jersey judge yesterday. The device maker faces more than 4,000 suits consolidated in New Jersey state court and federal court in Minnesota. To read more, click Bloomberg
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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, in April 2017, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an order consolidating all Stryker LFIT V40 cases filed in federal court before one judge in Massachusettes in order to conduct the complex national discovery in a coordinated manner. This often is the first step in a lengthy process that could eventually result in mass settlements.
Additionally, 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.