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Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate, ABG II and Accolade modular-neck hip stems after the implants showed signs of corroding and fretting. Hip recipients filed lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics after severe, crippling pain forced them to have revision surgeries.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Brian Martinotti is presiding over the MCL, which includes hundreds of lawsuits. The first suit was filed by Weitz & Luxenberg's Ellen Relkin in August 2012, and she expects many more cases to be filed.
The Stryker MDL, which includes nearly 1,700 lawsuits, is being overseen by U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank. Despite opposition by Stryker, the MDL includes the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices. The MDL is expected to grow.
People who received a Rejuvenate or ABG II implant may suffer injuries. Medical device makers like Stryker have a duty to properly design their products and warn the public about any risks. A qualified attorney can protect your rights and help you find out if you have a claim and also file a claim for compensation.
Stryker says the recall and lawsuits could cost it $1.3 billion. The manufacturer settled four hip lawsuits in December 2013 for an undisclosed amount. If you file a lawsuit, there are several types of compensation you may be eligible to receive, including:
We can help you find treatment options and instruct you on what to do if you are going to have revision surgery. It’s important to keep your implant, which is important evidence in your case.
Our advocates can help you find an experienced attorney who can walk you through the entire legal process and put you or a loved one back on the path to physical and financial recovery.
Dianne Pingel of Boca Raton, Fla., sued Stryker after she received two faulty hip implants in 2011. Doctors found the cobalt levels in her blood were abnormally high, and she had pockets of fluid, and dying tissue and bone surrounding the hip. The metal debris caused her bone to die, and her femur was fractured during revision surgery.
Tracy Sponer of North Little Rock, Ark., had her Stryker Rejuvenate hip implanted on Sept. 6, 2011. A year later, she was forced to have painful revision surgery after the hip failed. The complaint accuses Stryker of “negligence and wantonness,” among other claims. Sponer claims permanent injury and demands compensation.
Cheryl Helder had a Rejuvenate implanted in August 2010 in her right hip and then her left hip in October 2011. Blood tests showed high levels of metal ions in the blood and fluid around the devices. She underwent two revision surgeries to remove both hips. He lawsuit claims Stryker “failed to use reasonable and due care.”
|Lawsuits already filed claim that Stryker:|
|Misrepresented that the devices would not corrode or fret, when in fact they did so almost immediately in some patients.|
|Used deceptive sales and marketing practices.|
|Falsely claimed that the devices were “safe alternative(s) to metal-on-metal bearing devices.”|
|Failed to act on reports of early failure.|
|Continued to sell the devices even after it knew that its patented titanium alloy performed poorly with cobalt chrome components.|
|Failed to warn patients and surgeons that the products can cause heavy metal poisoning.|