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People who received a Rejuvenate or ABG II implant may suffer injuries. Medical device makers like Stryker have a duty to properly design their products and warn the public about any risks. A qualified attorney can protect your rights and help you find out if you have a claim and also file a claim for compensation.
Stryker says the recall and lawsuits could cost billions. The manufacturer settled four hip lawsuits in December 2013 for an undisclosed amount. If you file a lawsuit, there are several types of compensation you may be eligible to receive, including:
- Medical expenses (doctor’s visits, pain medication, revision surgery, new hip replacement).
- Other compensatory damages (home health care and other caregiver costs, lost income).
- Pain and suffering (physical suffering, mental and emotional suffering).
- Loss of consortium (damage to relationship with spouse).
- Punitive damages (awards to discourage similar negligence).
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If you or a loved one received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant and suffered complications, you don’t have to face the medical problems and financial hardship alone. We strive to provide the best, most current information to help people who have suffered as a result of dangerous medical devices like Stryker’s hip implants.
Your Health Could Be At Risk… When metal hips are used in hip replacement surgery, patients can suffer from bone death, dislocation, infection, metallosis, implant failure and other serious complications. Total hip replacement, partial hip replacement and hip resurfacing have unique risks. Don’t wait find out now if you have a case… You don’t have to fight this alone, get the treatment and compensation you deserve.
Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate, ABG II and Accolade modular-neck hip stems
After the implants showed signs of corroding and fretting. Hip recipients filed lawsuits against Stryker Orthopedics after severe, crippling pain forced them to have revision surgeries.
• Stryker Hip Recalls
Stryker Rejuvenate, ABG II and Accolade Hip Implant Recall Lawsuits
The Stryker metal hip recall lawyers at Wayne Wright are currently handling claims involving the following Stryker hip replacements:
– Stryker Rejuvenate
– Stryker ABG II
– Stryker Accolade
The most common hip implants include a one-piece neck and stem called a ‘monoblock’ design. Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II systems include several neck and stem components. It is our opinion that the design and manufacture of these components was grossly defective.
STRYKER HIP RECALL – STEM COMPLICATIONS
Recent recalls of hip implants (such as those manufactured by DePuy and Biomet) have focused on the metal-on-metal ball-and-socket components, which can release metallic debris into the body during normal wear and tear.
Stryker’s modular-neck hip stem systems are different.
However, because the Stryker necks are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are coated with titanium, they do have a metal-on-metal junction. And they can cause the same complications as other defective hip implants.
Several recalls and “Safety Alerts” have issued concerning these Stryker components. One of the official alerts listed the potential hazards in these devices, including: “Excessive metal debris and/or ion generation,” caused by “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular neck junction,” which “may lead to increased metal ion generation in the surrounding joint space.”
The safety of metal-on-metal hip devices is seriously in issue because of the tendency for metal components to rub against one another, depositing minute shards of metal into a patient’s tissues, bones or bloodstream.
Complications associated with recalled Stryker metal hip implants
Complications associated with recalled Stryker metal hip implants often lead to complex revision (removal) surgery and include:
- Metallosis (metal toxicity from metal grinding on metal)
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Osteolysis (deterioration of bone)
- Tumor formation
- Revision (removal) surgery
Stryker hip attorneys at Wayne Wright are handling cases for patients with Stryker Rejuvenate, Stryker ABG II and Stryker Accolade who have suffered from any of the above symptoms.
• DePuy Hip Recalls
DePuy ASR & Pinnacle Hip Replacement Lawsuits, Problems, Recalls and Claims.
The Pinnacle hip replacement is a total hip replacement system designed and manufactured by DePuy, the makers of the recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip. The design of the Pinnacle hip allows different choices of liner to place inside the outer cup (socket). The surgeon can choose between a metal liner, ceramic liner or polyethylene (plastic) liner.
The DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system, when used with a metal liner, becomes a metal-on-metal hip device similar to the DePuy ASR and other metal-on-metal designs. One of the recognized problems with the metal-on-metal hip design is that it places a metal femoral head (ball) against a metal acetabular cup (socket). The metal surface of the hip ball grinds on the metal surface of the cup throughout the day when the patient is walking, running, or doing just about anything. Over time, the friction between the two metal surfaces releases metal ions into the blood, bone, and surrounding tissues. This can result in metallosis – high levels of the metals cobalt and chromium in the blood.
The company maintains that there is no defect in the design of the Pinnacle hip replacement, though DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits allege that the company is concealing defects and has misrepresented that the hip replacement is a safe and effective medical device.
The following are among the potential DePuy Pinnacle problems
The following are among the potential DePuy Pinnacle problems when the device is used with a metal liner:
• Pain in the hip and groin
• Pinnacle hip implant failure
• Difficulty walking or standing
• Loosening of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement
• Metallosis (metal poisoning)
• Need for hip replacement (revision) surgery
In March 2016, after a two-month trial, there was a verdict in a Texas-based lawsuit against DePuy. The case is In re: DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 3:11-md-02244, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The federal jury awarded, “$142 million in actual damages and $360 million in punitive damages to a group of five patients whose metal hips broke down and had to be removed. The artificial hips at issue were DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup Systems, a metal-on-metal hip implant.
The jury found that the hip devices were defective and that the company failed to warn doctors and patients about the risks. The plaintiffs claimed that “design flaws caused the devices to fail more frequently and quickly than expected, leading to injuries including tissue death, bone erosion and high levels of metal in their blood.
In July 2016, the Court reduced this verdict to comply with Texas law. However, the final judgment was still in the tens of millions of dollars. Even with a major reduction in the award, it appears that Johnson and Johnson has no plans to pay it. They will certainly appeal this verdict, which will likely take years.
However, many still hope that this verdict will help settle the outstanding cases. It is our hope that the DePuy Pinnacle cases settle in a similar fashion to the DePuy ASR settlement, which resulted in a base award of $250,000 to each claimant who had a revision (replacement) of their DePuy hip implant.
The DePuy Pinnacle claim lawyers at Wayne Wright have decades of experience helping hundreds of victims of defective medical products. Let us put our experience to work for you and your family.
If you, or a loved one, were implanted with a metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip and are experiencing hip implant problems, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact us for a free no-obligation consultation to determine your eligibility for a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit. The DePuy Pinnacle claim lawyers at our Firm have decades of experience helping hundreds of victims of defective medical products. Let us put our experience to work for you and your family.
We can help you as experienced attorneys we can walk you through the entire legal process and put you or a loved one back on the path to physical and financial recovery.
We can help you find treatment options and instruct you on what to do if you are going to have revision surgery. It’s important to keep your implant, which is important evidence in your case.