Orthopedic surgery is typically performed to advance and restore movement. If you received a Stryker hip replacement and suffered as a result of the implant, you have legal rights. Patients who suffered complications as a result of Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants may be exposed to medical and financial problems. We can help you protect your legal rights and file a claim for reimbursement. A lawsuit may include loss of consortium, pain and suffering, medical expenses, punitive damages and other compensatory damages.
Stryker Corporation is well-known for designing and manufacturing medical implant devices, such as Stryker hip replacements, and maintains sixteen percent of the worldwide orthopaedic market share with total sales exceeding $6 billion. Often, profits are placed above safety and innocent people are injured. If you have suffered an injury from metal on metal hip replacement, contact defective medical device lawyer Chris Dixon immediately to discuss your case by calling (314) 409-7060, or Toll-Free by calling 855-55-BAD-DRUG.
Injuries Caused by Stryker Hip Replacements
The hip joint is located between the femur and the pelvic bone. If a patient experiences pain and treatment does not help, a total hip replacement is often recommended. Researchers had issues with all-metal hip replacements for years. The Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement has metal components, which are linked to serious complications. It is known to the experts that when there is direct contact between metal devices, the tendency exists for the metal to deposit small debris of metal into the bones, tissues or bloodstream.
Stryker hip replacements have been associated with an increased risk of serious injury. The metal-on-metal device can result in metallosis (a serious condition caused by metal joint implants), necrosis (death of body tissue), osteolysis (dissolution of bone) and pseudotumor (enlargement that resembles a tumor resulting from fluid accumulation). In most cases, revision surgery is required.
The Stryker Company blamed surgeons for the hip implant failure rate. Stryker claimed that doctors did not follow directions and did not use correct implantation techniques. The company also blamed patients for not undergoing proper rehabilitation after surgery and blamed the victims of being careless and negligent. The company officials said that diabetes and infection may play a role in corrosion of an implant and those conditions may affect the tissue. Stryker claimed recently that the victims contributed to their alleged damages and injuries.
Some of the Stryker hip replacements failed within five years. A hip implant usually lasts up to twenty years. Stryker voluntarily recalled the hip replacements from the market in July 2012.
Some patients who sought help with legal claims have been previously turned away. The reason for this was that the hip replacement was not all-metal. It recently came to light that the components in the hip replacement are manufactured with metal and may have caused complications or injuries. The Stryker hip replacement has a metal stem that can come in direct contact with the metal neck piece. We recommend that you speak with our Stryker attorney if you have suffered a similar injury.
Stryker received several warning notifications from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since early 2007. The fist warning was about issues at the Ireland manufacturing facility. The Food and Drug Administration addressed the company’s failure and procedural noncompliance in testing devices that failed.
In November 2007, the Food and Drug Administration addressed issues that occurred at the Mahwah, New Jersey facility. The warning letter included the poor fixation of hip replacements, the exceeding of microbial level violations in the final packaging of the sterile devices and the company’s complete failure to establish prevention of recurrence of the mentioned problems.
In April 2008, the Food and Drug Administration sent Stryker a final warning letter about issues at the Hopkinton, MA Biotechnology facility. The warning addressed problems that related to quality and noncompliance, as well as falsification of documents regarding the selling of products to healthcare centers and hospitals. Stryker responded to the Food and Drug Administration that the employment contracts of the staff involved in the falsification of the documents have been ended.
In February 2008, the Unites States Department of Justice questioned the falsification of Stryker sales documents. Stryker said the documentation was in compliance with the mandate. The Government said that the documentation was not in proper scope and format.
In July 2012, Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate hip replacement and the ABG II modular hip replacement. The company marketed these devices as effective and safe. An estimated twenty-thousand hip replacements were implanted between 2009 and 2012. The company was aware of the problems that occurred as a result of the hip replacements. Stryker acknowledged that the company was aware of all the problems in a notice sent to doctors in April 2012.
Legal Allegations Against Stryker
In some of the lawsuits against Stryker, blood tests showed high levels of metal ions in the blood. Tests also showed metal ions in the fluid around the devices that were implanted. Common allegations against the company include the company’s failure to properly test the devices prior to selling it to the public, the company gave false information by stating that the devices would not corrode or fret, Stryker used misleading marketing practices, the company did not act on reports of early failure of the devices, the company was negligent in designing the hip replacements and Stryker did not warn patients about the dangers of metal poisoning and continued to sell the hip replacements knowing that titanium alloy did not perform well with cobalt chrome components.
A Stryker plaintiff recently asked the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consider Multidistrict Litigation to handle the increasing number of lawsuits. Stryker filed a brief on March 18, 2013 with the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreeing to the request that the Multidistrict Litigation must handle the growing number of lawsuits.
The Multidistrict Litigation is experienced in handling a large number of lawsuits, as the cases feature similar complaints.
Contact a Lawyer for Stryker Hips Immediately
If you are a victim of a Stryker hip replacement, we can help you seek reimbursement for your harms and losses. We do not imply that all Stryker products are defective, but it can be determined through our comprehenisve injury investigation. You may be entitled to recover damages against Stryker if you have been injured. Contact a defective medical device attorney to discuss your case by calling, (314) 409-7060 or Toll-Free at 855-55-BAD-DRUG.