The growing litigation for recalled Stryker hip replacements is now underway in Vermont. Schmidt & Clark, LLP is offering free Vermont Stryker hip lawsuit evaluations to individuals who suffered serious complications due to the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate, ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems, and Trident hip replacements. These complications include chronic pain, metallosis, tissue death, bone loss, inflammation, premature failure of the implant, extensive medical tests, and additional surgery.
Need a Stryker Hip Lawyer? If you or your loved one is a resident of Vermont who was injured by a defective Stryker hip replacement, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a Vermont Stryker hip lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
UPDATE: Stryker Hip Lawsuits Centralized in Federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL)
June 12, 2013 — Federal litigation has been established to coordinate Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits. The Multi-District Litigation (MDL #2441) is under the jurisdiction of Judge Donovan W. Frank in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.
If you decide to file a Vermont Stryker hip lawsuit, you may be eligible to join the MDL. Like a class action, the advantage of an MDL is that it improves efficiency, reduces costs, and expedites settlement negotiations. As the litigation proceeds, lawyers may engage in settlement negotiations or select certain cases for “bellwether” trials.
Recalled Stryker hip replacements include:
- Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement
- Stryker ABG II Modular-Neck
- Stryker Trident Hemispherical Cup
- Stryker Trident Acetabular PSL Cup
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Replacement Recall
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stems were voluntarily recalled in June 2012. Stryker reported that at least 20,000 people were affected by the recall. They also recommended that patients undergo blood work and imaging tests (such as an MRI) to check for problems.
According to Stryker, the Rejuvenate and ABG II can fail prematurely due to:
“…fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction which may result in ALTR (adverse local tissue reactions), as well as possible pain and/or swelling at or around the hip.”
Modular-neck stem hip replacements have an interchangeable neck instead of a solid metal neck. When the metal-on-metal junction grinds together, corroded flakes of cobalt and chromium may accumulate around the implant. This can cause toxic metal poisoning (metallosis), pain and swelling, and systemic reactions in other areas of the body. Even patients with no symptoms may have elevated metal ions in their bloodstream. Unfortunately, the only effective treatment is revision surgery to remove the defective hip implant.
Problems with the Stryker Trident Hip Replacement
In the years since Stryker Orthopedics recalled ceramic components of the Trident Hip Replacement, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by victims. The problem with the components (Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and Trident Hemispherical Cup) is that they can develop unusual patterns of wear (“stripe-wear”) due to “manufacturing residuals.” Over time, patients may suffer from loud noises in their hip, bone fractures, chronic pain, and revision surgery. These problems were documented in two warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both published in 2007. Shortly afterward, in January 2008, Stryker recalled the components.
FDA Warnings for Stryker Trident:
- Stryker Trident Warning Letter #1 – published in March 2007
- Stryker Trident Warning Letter #2 – published in November 2007
Stryker Hip Replacement Injuries and Complications
- Swelling, inflammation
- Tissue damage
- Bone loss (osteolysis)
- Bone fractures
- Metal poisoning (metallosis)
- Systemic reactions from metallosis
- Pseudo-tumors, bursitis, soft-tissue growths
- Loose, unstable, or dislocated hip
- Limited walking ability
- Noises (squeaks, pops, clicks, etc.) when moving
- Patients may need blood work, MRI, or other medical tests
- Patients may need surgery
- Permanent disability
- And more
For more information, please visit: Vermont Stryker Hip lawyer
Do I have a Vermont Stryker Hip Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial attorneys that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker hip replacement lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Stryker hip lawsuits in Vermont.
Need a Lawyer? Again, if you or a loved one injured by a Stryker hip replacement in Vermont, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.