Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits, Litigation & Lawyers
Stryker Howmedica Corporation is a Michigan-based company and one of the leading manufacturers of hip implants in the world. Stryker implants are used to replace either parts of or whole hips in patients who suffer from pain and loss of mobility due to hip damage. Unfortunately, Stryker hip implants have come under fire twice in the last 5 years and the company has just issued its second product recall.
In 2008, Stryker issued a recall of its Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and its Trident Hemispherical Cup hip implant models citing the following concerns:
- Failed fixation of hip implant components requiring revision surgeries;
- Squeaking noises from hip implant components requiring revision surgeries;
- Improper seating of the hip implants resulting in bone fractures;
In 2012, after fast-tracking new hip implant models onto the market, Stryker has been forced to recall its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant models for the following reasons:
- Under certain conditions, metal components in the neck and stem of the Rejuvenate and ABG II models rub together. This causes metal shards to enter the surrounding tissue, and creates inflammation, pain, and possible joint failure.
- The breakdown of the metal components in the new hip implants creates the need for major revision surgery less than 2 – 3 years after they are initially installed.
For patients injured by the recently recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II models, it is important to note that the company released these products without premarket testing under FDA exception 510(k). The FDA allows for companies to release products without testing if the product compares to something that exists on the market. By fast tracking its latest hip implants through testing, Stryker released them without understanding the potential side effects.
With two recalls in 4 years, the company is facing litigation from patients who have been injured by defective Stryker implants. There are many lawsuits still arising from the products recalled in 2008, and the first lawsuits have been filed alleging injuries from the products recalled in 2012. Lawyers across the country are looking for clients and gathering information against Stryker, and anyone injured by the company's hip implants should not hesitate to seek legal help from an experienced attorney.
If you suspect that you or someone you love has been injured because of a defective Stryker hip implant product, it is important to contact a Stryker Hip Implant attorney while there is still time to pursue your rights. Each state has its own time limit, called a statute of limitation, for filing a Stryker Hip Implant lawsuit. If you fail to file your claim on time, you will lose your right to do so permanently. So it is crucial that you act right away. Do not discuss your case or your injuries with Stryker or any other party other than your doctor before you speak with an attorney. Lawsuits against Stryker will require an experienced attorney to handle all aspects of your case, so do not try to take any action without first consulting a lawyer.
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Check out the following articles for more information about Stryker Hip Implants, filing a Stryker Hip Implant lawsuit and finding a Stryker Hip Implant attorney.
- For more information about Stryker Hip Implants, see Stryker Hip Implants: Overview & Claims.
- For more information about Stryker Hip Implant problems, such as pain, squeaky joints and/or bone fractures, see Stryker Hip Implant Problems: Pain, Squeaky Joints & Bone Fractures.
- To find out more about the FDA recall, see Stryker Hip Implants Recall: Information and Warnings.