Stryker Orthopaedics Facing Dozens of Hip Implant Lawsuits

4 Indest-2009-3By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

As of February 2013, more than 80 lawsuits have been consolidated into multicounty litigation (MCL) in the Superior Court in New Jersey against Stryker Orthopaedics. Patients are claiming the company’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck femoral hip systems are defective, according to a number of news sources. The case is on track to becoming one of the largest mass-tort litigations in the country.

In July 2012, Stryker issued a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck femoral hip systems. (Click here to see the press release from Stryker.) The company is currently in the process of sending out letters to surgeons urging them to perform clinical exams, such as blood work and cross sectional imaging, on patients who had implants installed. The letters state that Stryker will compensate patients for any tests or work that has to be done.

Click here to read a letter from Stryker to a surgeon.

Unfortunately, for some, this notice is too late. Hundreds of patients are already experiencing pain from the Stryker hip implants, which has forced them to have the implants removed. Even after surgery some patients alleged they have permanent damage and are demanding compensation.

Early Lawsuit Filed from Florida Patient.

According to the Palm Beach Post, one of the first lawsuits against Stryker came from a Boca Raton retiree. Her replacement came with a promise to last for decades. The device allegedly failed within months. Click here to read the patient’s entire story.

According to Drug Watch, most patients who received Stryker’s devices allegedly suffered from muscle, nerve and bone damage as the metallic components of the device rub against each other, causing metallic elements to be released into the body and be absorbed into the blood stream and body tissue. To read the entire article from Drug Watch, click here.

More Lawsuits to Come – Contact an Experienced Health Lawyer.

Since the implants were recently recalled, it’s expected that there are many more cases out there.

Many of the people who have already filed lawsuits claim Stryker marketed and sold a defective device and failed to warn the public, among other issues.

If you or a family member received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant and suffered complications, you don’t have to face the medical issues alone. Contact an experienced attorney that is board certified in health law. Before you talk about settling, call an attorney.

Stryker Lawsuits Similar to DePuy.

According to an article in The Records, similar mass-tort cases in New Jersey include hundreds of lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics. More than 2,500 plaintiffs in that case alleged similar complaints due to a metallic hip part. DePuy’s product, ASR, was recalled by the company in August 2010. The cases being heard involve potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements or verdicts. Click here to read the entire article from The Records.

Contact Experienced Health Law Attorneys.
If you or a family member received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG hip implant and suffered complications you don’t have to face the medical issues alone. Our attorneys are available seven days a week to answer your questions. We can help you decide whether filing a lawsuit is the right option for you. Our attorneys include those who are board certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law, as well as licensed health professionals who are also attorneys.

To contact The Health Law Firm, please call (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.

Comments?

Did you or someone you know have a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck femoral hip implant? What has been your experience? Did you know about the recall? Are you in need of legal assistance? Please leave comments below.

Sources:

Markos, Kibret. “Mahwah-based Stryker Orthopaedics Faces Hip Implant Lawsuits.” The Records. (February 28, 2013). From: http://www.northjersey.com/mahwah/Over_80_lawsuits_on_hip_implants_filed_against_Mahwah-based_Stryker_Orthopaedics_.html?c=y&page=3

Singer, Stacey. “Artificial Hips Corrode, Poisoning Some Patients, Local Lawsuits Say.” The Palm Beach Post. (January 27, 2013) From: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/lifestyles/health/artificial-hips-corrode-poisoning-some-patients-lo/nT7jf/

Hooks, Beau. “Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits.” Drug Watch. (February 2013). From: http://www.drugwatch.com/stryker/lawsuit-hip-replacement/

Guilfoyle, Jeanine. “Stryker Initiates Voluntary Product Recall of Modular-Neck Stems.” Stryker. (July 6, 2012). From: http://www.stryker.com/stellent/groups/corporate/documents/web_prod/147504.pdf

About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.

The Health Law Firm” is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. – The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
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