Lawsuits filed in the wake of last year’s Stryker hip recall continue to mount, with at least 382 cases actively pending in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. All of the claims were filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allegedly suffered complications such as metallosis, necrosis, and osteolysis after being implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip stems. Prior to being recalled in July 2012, at least 20,000 patients received these devices globally, so it comes as no surprise that the Stryker hip litigation is reaching such high numbers.
Free Stryker Hip Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury after being implanted with a Stryker hip replacement device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Stryker Orthopaedics and we can help.
Stryker Hip Recall
In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics issued a worldwide recall for its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems after these products were found to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. At the time the recall was announced, Stryker warned that patients implanted with the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices could develop complications such as pain, swelling, and adverse local tissue reactions which could require emergency revision surgery. The company also advised all affected patients to undergo medical screening, even if their hips appeared to be functioning normally.
In addition to the multicounty litigation currently pending in New Jersey, nearly 200 other Stryker hip lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. That proceeding is In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441.
FDA Recommends Alternatives to Metal-on-Metal Hips
In June 2012, an FDA advisory panel agreed that there was little reason to continue using metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacement devices, seeing as there are a number of safer alternatives available. While the FDA has not yet considered the possibility of removing all MoM devices from the market, most of the advisory panel said there were few – if any – cases where they would recommend implanting the products.
“Keeping these metal-on-metal hips on the market for the next five to 10 years while research is conducted is not ethical,” said Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, during a public comment session at the meeting. “If the companies want to sell metal-on-metal hips, they should be required to prove their safety first.”
Do I Have a Stryker Hip Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker Hip Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Stryker hip complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Stryker Hip Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury after being implanted with a Stryker hip replacement device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Stryker Hip Suit and we can help.