Stryker Hip Lawsuit Lawyer - Recall & Settlements – Implant Injury
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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.

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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

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Lawyers argue the following:

  1. 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.”
  2. Stryker was negligent in the design of the hip replacements.
  3. The company failed to properly test the devices, and failed to quickly warn doctors and patients of the failures and the toxicity issues.

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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

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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
6260-9-236 36mm 2002-2010
6260-9-240 40mm 2006-2011
6260-9-244 44mm 2006-2011
6260-9-340 40mm 2006-2011
6260-9-440 340mm 2006-2011
6260-9-344 44mm 2007-2011
6260-9-444 44mm 2006-2011
 

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.

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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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Will the the Stryker Hip Lawsuits be Handled as a Class Action

A class action is a type of lawsuit where a few individuals represent the interest of many individuals, even if they don't have a lawyer and are not named in the litigation. The court rulings and jury rulings impact all persons who are considered a member of the class action, most of whom do not even know they are involved.

This is not the type of litigation we will be pursuing for our clients. Instead, we represent each individual based on his/her specific circumstances, and evaluate the recovery for each client based on his or her facts. Each of our clients always has the option of settling or not settling his or her case.

 

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Stryker Hip Lawsuit News

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Stryker 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 Sports

Stryker 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 News

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Stryker 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

Stryker 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

For additional news stories, click Levin Stryker Hip 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:

  1. Past and future medical expenses to treat any injuries arising out of the failed hip replacement.
  2. Past and future mental pain and suffering caused by the defective implant.
  3. Past and future wage loss because of the recalled medical device.
  4. Other economic losses you might have sustained as a result of dealing with the implant issues.
  5. 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.

 

Stryker Settlements

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. Read the order at Stryker V40 MDL Opinion.

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.

 

FDA and Scientific Studies Regarding Stryker Hip Replacement Implants

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Urgent Medical Device Product Field Action Notification LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads

Stryker has initiated a voluntary medical device recall for various hip implant femoral heads. To read the recall, click Stryker

Health Canada Issues Recall of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads

Stryker has received higher than expected complaints of taper lock failure for specific lots of certain sizes of LFIT Anatomic COCR V40TM Femoral Heads manufactured prior to 2011. To read the warning, click Health Cananda

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LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads: Hazard alert – risk of adverse events due to potential taper lock failures

It has been identified that some LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads manufactured before 2011 have a higher than expected incidence of taper lock failures. To read the recall, click Australian Department of Health

Catastrophic Femoral Head-Stem Trunnion Dissociation Secondary to Corrosion

We describe 5 cases, from our institution, in which the femoral head became dissociated from the femoral stem trunnion secondary to severe corrosion. To read the study, click Journal of Bone & Surgery