Stryker Hip Recall
If you were affected by the Stryker hip recall of July 2012, you may now be experiencing a myriad of painful and unpleasant side effects that include pain, swelling and loosening of your hip replacement. A growing number of patients alleging injuries have come forward to file lawsuits over the Stryker Orthopaedics-manufactured Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.
If you experienced complications after the Stryker hip recall, which was voluntarily issued by the company in July 2012, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Stryker hip replacement lawsuits seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. To learn more about your legal rights, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at .
Stryker Hip Recall Complications
The Stryker hip recall was voluntarily issued by the company on July 6, 2012 after post-surveillance data indicated the potential for metal components of the devices to fret and corrode, which may cause a host of adverse tissue reactions and injuries.
Symptoms related to metallosis (metal ion poisoning) have also been named in adverse event reports filed by patients who received the implants.
As a result, hip replacement lawyers say the condition, which is caused by metallic debris seeping into a patient’s blood stream, may result in confusion, dizziness, problems in the nervous system, and other side effects.
Between January 2012 and July 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA ) received at least 45 adverse event reports related to the Stryker hip recall.
Since the Stryker hip recall, the number of cases involving the Stryker metal hip components has continued to grow. Court documents indicate there are 81 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits are pending in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, and another 30 filed in several U.S. federal courts.
On March 26th, 2013, the first claim over the Stryker ABG II modular-neck hip stem was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
As a means of coordinating federally-filed claims, cases against Stryker may soon be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL), where they will be overseen by a single judge. A Notice issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on April 4th stated it would be discussing the possibility of a MDL for Stryker-related lawsuits at its May 30th hearing session.
In the wake of the recall, some plaintiffs in Stryker hip lawsuits have filed motions proposing a future MDL in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, while others have requested cases be consolidated in the Northern District of Illinois.
Aftermath of the Stryker Hip Recall
Perhaps prompted by patients filing complaints about the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II devices, Stryker has suggested that patients undergo cross sectional imaging and metal ion testing, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms that may indicate early hip failure. Some patients, according to the company, tested positive for high metal ion levels in their blood and/or adverse tissue reactions despite an absence of symptoms.
The company has also teamed up with third-party claims administrator, Broadspire Services Inc. to work directly with patients in managing claims related to the Stryker hip recall. According to Stryker’s website, the Broadspire Stryker Claims Program will help reimburse patients for testing, treatment and other expenses. However, patients planning to participate in the program are advised to consult an attorney first, as any information disclosed to a Broadspire representative may be used as evidence in your Stryker hip recall lawsuit.
Affected by the Stryker Hip Recall? Contact an Attorney Today.
If you experienced complications after the Stryker hip recall, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at .