Stryker Hip Lawsuit News, 2018 Update – MDL Scheduled for Early 2019
As we age, our joints get worn down due to wear and tear that accumulates over the years. In the same breath, individuals involved in accidents may break their hip, leading to the need for a replacement via hip replacement surgery. Chromium and titanium hips have been in existence for decades, and they provide a permanent solution to the hip breakage problem that is seen in people who are past a certain age, or those who suffer severe fractures in catastrophic accidents. That being said, those with these implants may discover that the quasi-bionic body part that was supposed to be their saving grace as far as mobility and a better quality of life is concerned, suddenly and without warning, turns into a medical nightmare.
Were you fitted with the Stryker hip implant and then went on to suffer hip pain, restricted mobility, swelling, difficulty walking or standing and other unsettling health complications? If so, you may be entitled to money damages. Please give us a call TODAY at 1 (773) 825-3547 to speak with our attorneys for free regarding the next legal steps to take to qualify for compensation. We bring to the table combined experience of over 70 years, and a friendly, accessible team that will work for you to ensure you’re fairly and promptly taken care of via a settlement without having to go to court. Call 1 (773) 825-3547 to speak with a friendly attorney today regarding Stryker knee class action lawsuits in 2018.
Stryker hip implants are unlike traditional implants in the sense that they make use of ceramic component. The hip implant that has faced failure in most of the cases that we and other hip implant lawsuit law firms is the Stryker ABG II implant. This device was meant to replace traditional metal-on-metal devices, and it was marketed as being able to provide a better range of motion which appealed to a younger demographic. It was approved by the FDA in 2009, and was implanted in over 20,000 patients in the years following its debut. However, Stryker issued a product recall in the second half of 2012 due to complaints voiced by patients.
Stryker hip recall symptoms and complications include:
- Severe thigh or groin pain
- Limited mobility
- Kidney pain
- Hip joint infection
- Dislocation of the hip joint
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Swelling and inflammation
- Metallosis caused by metallic ions being released into the bloodstream
Why Are Stryker Hip Implants Failing?
The problem with Stryker hip implants lies in the fact that two metal components which were never supposed to experience friction actually rub against one another, causing fretting as well as corrosion. Over time, Stryker ABG II and Stryker Rejuvenate implants start releasing metal shards as well as toxins into a patient’s bloodstream, causing a severe tissue reaction in response to foreign metals as well as metallosis, or the presence of foreign matter in one’s blood. This usually leads to severe and excruciating pain as well as swelling, pseudotumors, and ultimately, hip joint failure.
Stryker Hip Recall in 2017 – The FDA Chimes In
An FDA investigation was able to show that Stryker acted with carelessness while manufacturing joint replacement parts. In addition, the expose showed that they did not adhere to quality control standards, nor did they perform sufficient clinical trials and testing to ensure the safety of their products. In fact, so severe were this company’s misdeeds that they were cited for the presence of staphylococcus in their manufacturing plants, a bacteria that can be lethal if it gains access to internal body tissue and the bloodstream on account of rapid infection and organ shutdown. The company has not taken responsibility for their negligence, leaving litigation as the only course of justice for affected patients.
Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits and Settlements
To date, Stryker has paid out over $1.5 billion to settle claims from litigation over their earlier implants (Rejuvenate and ABG II). The filing deadline for these suits was March of last year. However, a year later, there are just over 1,800 lawsuits that remain to be heard under the Stryker v40 MDL. In addition, over 1,000 claims are yet to be heard in multicounty litigation over in New Jersey covering ABG II legal complaints.
Please note that it is not too late to file a Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head recall and ABG II implant lawsuit in 2018. This is because trial hearings are tentatively set for late 2019.
Individuals who decided to file Stryker lawsuits in 2018 had similar accounts – they were having difficulty walking, standing or sitting for long periods of time, required revision surgery within two years of being implanted with a Stryker hip implant, and suffered physical and mental pain owing to the health complications brought on by the device.
Stryker Hip Recall Lawyer Help
If you suffered complications from the Stryker LFIT V40 and would like more information on hip replacement lawsuit settlement amounts, the recall notices and how to file a claim so you’re part of the 2019 MDL, please give us a call TODAY at 1 (773) 825-3547 to speak with an experienced and resourceful attorney. By filing a stryker ABG II lawsuit, you’ll be able to collect for things like the cost of present and future medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of companionship if your loved one died from complications, and so much more. There’s not much time to file a claim, so call 1 (773) 825-3547 NOW and secure your place in the upcoming MDL. We have a team of highly experienced attorneys waiting to help you file in as little time as possible so you won’t have to worry about the legal minutiae of your case. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.