Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Stryker agreed to a confidential LFIT V40 Femoral Head settlement in 2018. It paid $2 billion in 2014 to settle Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuits. Attorneys are now investigating issues with its Tritanium Acetabular Shells.

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Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit Updates

As of July 2024, there were two different multidistrict litigations with a group of consolidated lawsuits addressing concerns over Stryker hip replacements. Each MDL focuses on specific Stryker hip replacement devices, but injuries named in cases are similar and plaintiffs claim they’re the result of design defects within the Stryker models.

MDL number 2768 is before U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Massachusetts. There were 233 pending cases as of July 2024 and the MDL addresses LFIT Anatomic CoCR V40 femoral head defects. MDL number 2441 is before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in Minnesota. There were 68 pending cases out of an original 3,637 cases and the MDL addresses Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant defects.

Stryker Lawsuit Updates
  • July 2024: Lawyers are still taking individual cases and litigation continues in Tritanium Acetabular Shell lawsuits.
  • July 2023: Cases that have been settled continue to be dismissed from MDLs.
  • June 2022: Judge Donovan Frank set a deadline of Sept. 9, 2022, for attorneys to update the Court on any outstanding cases in the confidential Settlement Program in MDL 2441.
  • May 2022: Several cases were dismissed with prejudice from MDL 2441 because plaintiffs were included in settlement negotiations.
  • June 2021: Judge Donovan Frank postponed discovery in the cases until January 2022 because of the 2020 Settlement Program in MDL 2441.

Stryker hip replacement device MDLs 2768 and 2441 are no longer accepting cases, and the company reached settlements with most claimants in 2014. Individuals may still file personal injury suits for injuries sustained through either the LFIT Anatomic CoCR V40 femoral head or the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices.

Why Are Tritanium Acetabular Shell Lawsuits Being Filed?

After surgery to implant Stryker Tritanium Acetabular Shell hip replacement devices, many people reported loosening of the shells of the cups of the device. Loosening can occur because the cement holding the metal components together or the metal components themselves wear out through regular joint movement.

A 2018 study found that these changes to the device could lead to “poorer clinical function” within one year and recommended doctors monitor these patients.

Loosening can cause hip and groin pain, and some patients need revision surgery. Revision surgery is a major procedure and has associated risks, such as infection.

Infections after hip replacement surgery can be dangerous. They can occur years after surgery and may develop deep within the tissue surrounding the implant, sometimes leading to repeated hospital stays.

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Doctors at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital studied five patients who experienced failures of Stryker’s Tritanium cup devices implanted between 2011 and 2016.

These doctors said imaging showed loose Tritanium components were damaging the soft tissue surrounding the joint. All five patients underwent surgery to correct the issues caused by the devices.

Injuries Named in LFIT V40 Femoral Head Lawsuits

Stryker recalled 42,519 LFIT V40 devices in 2016, citing “higher than expected” complication rates, prompting hundreds of people to file lawsuits. One of those claimants was Mern Direnzo, who received the LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Head in 2009.

Blood tests showed high levels of metal ions in her blood and urine after the procedure, and Direnzo underwent revision surgery to remove the implant. Direnzo filed a Stryker hip implant lawsuit in 2014.

In November 2018, Stryker and lawyers for plaintiffs suing the company over damages caused by its LFIT V40 Femoral Head device announced an initial settlement agreement. Federal court documents confirm that the agreement included lawsuits combined in a New Jersey multicounty litigation, but the settlement terms are confidential.

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Why Rejuvenate and ABG II Lawsuits Were Filed

In 2012, Stryker issued a Field Safety Notice indicating that its Rejuvenate and ABG II models had a high rate of adverse local tissue reaction caused by inflammation in the tissue near the implant.

Chromium and cobalt compose the neck components of the Rejuvenate and ABG II models, and the stems have a titanium coating. When the metal parts rub against each other where the neck meets the stem, they can shed metallic debris into the body.

The metal ions released into the surrounding tissue can cause inflammation and prompt an immunological response leading to metallosis, tissue and bone death, and pain. People with a metal sensitivity may experience a severe allergic reaction.

Patients required revision surgery in many of these cases. Stryker issued a recall for the two models of hip replacement devices in July 2012. Stryker also offered to reimburse patients for testing, treatment, revision surgery and other expenses connected to health complications from the recalled models.

How to Choose a Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyer

When choosing a Stryker hip replacement lawyer, the most important thing to look for is experience with similar hip implant cases. Stryker hip implant lawsuits are complex litigations that require a legal team with experience handling defective medical device cases.

Some examples of other defective implant lawsuits include the DePuy ASR and Biomet hip replacement devices. Stryker hip replacement lawyers who have handled cases like these will have the experience and financial backing to take on a big medical device manufacturer.

Ask your potential lawyer about their experience obtaining settlements and jury verdicts against big corporations. An experienced attorney can explain the process, guide you through litigation and help fight for your settlement or jury verdict.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.