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Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate, ABG II and Accolade modular-neck hip stems after the implants showed signs of corroding and fretting. The company’s LFIT cobalt-chromium V40 Head may also cause the same issues. Hip recipients filed lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics after severe, crippling pain forced them to have revision surgeries.

Stryker Rejuvenate, ABG II and Accolade TMZF Lawsuits

Stryker lawsuits have been consolidated into multicounty litigation (MCL) in the Superior Court in Bergen County, N.J., and into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. Consolidating similar cases against the same defendant can help lawsuits move more quickly. In addition to the Rejuvenate and ABG II, plaintiffs may also file lawsuits against Stryker for its TMZF femoral stems, includng the Accolade, Citation and Meridian, and LFIT cobalt-chromium V40 femoral head. Studies show these components may cause the same issues as the Rejuvenate and ABG II, including metallosis, implant failure and need for revision surgery.

New Jersey MCL Against Stryker

New Jersey Multicounty Litigation (MCL)

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.

Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in Minnesota

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.

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Compensation from a Stryker Lawsuit

People who received a Rejuvenate, ABG II or other Styker 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:

  • Medical expenses (doctor’s visits, pain medication, revision surgery, new hip replacement).
  • Other compensatory damages (home health care and other caregiver costs, lost income).
  • Pain and suffering (physical suffering, mental and emotional suffering).
  • Loss of consortium (damage to relationship with spouse).
  • Punitive damages (awards to discourage similar negligence).

How Drugwatch Can Help

If you or a loved one received a Stryker hip implant and suffered complications, you don’t have to face the medical problems and financial hardship alone. At Drugwatch, we strive to provide the best, most current information to help people who have suffered as a result of dangerous medical devices like Stryker’s hip implants.

Treatment Options

We can help

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.

Legal Options

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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.

People Who Filed Stryker Lawsuits

People who were injured by Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II neck and stem implants choose to pursue litigation to recover damages. The number of claimants continues to rise, including Dianne Pingel, Tracy Sponer, and Cheryl and Dan Helder.

Diane Pingel

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

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 and Dan Helder

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.”

Plaintiffs' Claims against Stryker

People who filed Stryker lawsuits accuse the company of selling and marketing a defective device and failing to warn the public, among other claims. They also claim that Stryker was negligent because it failed to adequately design the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip devices to ensure that they would not deteriorate, fret or corrode.

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.
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  1. Stryker. (2012, July 6). Stryker initiates voluntary product recall of modular-neck stems [Press release]. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm311043.htm
  2. Gallagher, M-P. (2013, January 31). Court consolidates suits over recalled Stryker hip implants. New Jersey Law Journal. Retrieved from http://www.njlawjournal.com/
  3. Singer, S. (2013, January 27). Artificial hips corrode, poisoning some patients, local lawsuits say. Palm Beach Post. Retrieved from http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/lifestyles/health/artificial-hips-corrode-poisoning-some-patients-lo/nT7jf/
  4. Sponer v. Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, d/b/a Stryker Orthopaedics. (2012, November 7).
  5. Helder v. Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, d/b/a Stryker Orthopaedics. (2013, January 18).
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