Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuit

Warning: Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants may come with a number of dangerous risks, such as spontaneous dislocation, loss of mobility and even damage to the nervous system and thyroid gland. The lawyers at Baron & Budd are currently investigating hip replacement lawsuits regarding the potentially serious health problems associated with certain metal-on-metal hip implants, including hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical, DePuy Orthopedics, Smith and Nephew, Stryker, Biomet and Zimmer.

If you know that your hip implant is metal-on-metal, we encourage you to call one of our hip replacement lawyers at 866-394-5079 or click the button below to get started online.

Have you suffered painful hip implant failure after having a prosthetic hip replacement manufactured by Stryker? The attorneys at Baron & Budd may be able to offer legal help to victims suffering complications such as metal poisoning, rejection, dislocation, and injuries from device fracturing. You can find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit for hip implant complications or failure right here on our website in just a few minutes.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people undergo hip replacement surgery. For some of them, the operation is a success. For others, the implanted device fails causing increased pain, limited mobility, and often requiring a second hip surgery to remove and replace the defective hip prosthesis. Some victims even suffer systemic illnesses caused by metallosis, also called metal poisoning or cobalt poisoning, both of which can be fatal.

Repeat Surgery: Hip Replacement Revision Surgery

When a modular neck hip implant fails, the only solution is revision surgery to remove the defective device and implant another one. In addition to the risks that come with any surgical procedure, revision surgeries are not always successful. Further, medical expenses increase, and in some cases so does pain and suffering.

Stryker Orthopaedics is a company that manufactures and sells hip replacement devices. The company recalled two specific devices in 2012 and another device in 2016. Many people who had one of the devices implanted prior to its recall are still suffering the effects of their hip failure.

Is It True the FDA Recalled Stryker Hip Implants Because of Device Failure?

Yes, Stryker is responsible for three recalled hip replacement devices that failed after implantation. These models include:

  1. Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Hip System.
  2. ABG II Modular Neck Hip System.
  3. LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Head.

All three devices are made of cobalt and chromium. On July 26, 2012, Stryker issued a press release concerning its recall of its Rejuvenate Modular- Neck Hip System and its ABGII Modular Neck Hip System because the “risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction.”

By fretting, Stryker means that friction between the neck and stem of the implanted device during movement of the joint can cause metal fragments to become loose. The metal shavings can then implant in adjoining tissue or find their way into the bloodstream. When this happens, the device has failed and the failure can be medically disastrous to the person who received the implant.

Additionally, metal shavings can be absorbed into the body and bloodstream causing metallosis, which is metal poisoning. Metal poisoning is a dangerous condition that may have permanent effects if the metal is spread throughout the body.

In its recall press release, Stryker noted that physicians and regulatory bodies had been notified of the voluntary recall. It also said that any patients who had had the implant should contact their surgeon or physician.

If you’re not sure which Stryker hip implant model you received, don’t worry. We can help you find out. Call 866-394-5079 or if you already know your Stryker hip implant device number you can get started online to see if you’re eligible to file a lawsuit against Stryker hip manufacturers in minutes.
What Symptoms of Implant Failure & Metallosis Should People Look Out for After Hip Surgery?

Symptoms of a failed Stryker hip replacement device range from minor discomfort to life-threatening metal poisoning. Some specific signs and symptoms to look for include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain in and around the hip.
  • Difficulty in walking.
  • Symptoms of cobalt poisoning including cardiomyopathy, hypothyroidism, neurological damage and impaired sight and hearing.
  • Sensitivity reaction to metal such as inflammation and/or rashes.
  • Fractured femur.
  • General fatigue.
  • General cognitive decline.

This is not a complete list. Anyone who has undergone a Stryker hip replacement operation and is experiencing any adverse symptoms or reactions should immediately contact their doctor for an evaluation.

What Allegations Have Been Made in Hip Lawsuits Against Stryker?

Many people who have suffered from the failure of these three specific devices have filed lawsuits against Stryker. Allegations are that the company:

  1. Manufactured devices that were negligently designed.
  2. Did not properly test the devices before placing them on the market.
  3. Failed to warn doctors and patients about the failures of the device and the toxicity experienced by some patients.
Is Stryker Hip Settlement Compensation Available in 2017?

Yes, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and if so, Stryker has shown consistent willingness to settle cases out-of-court. In November 2014, Stryker agreed to a $1.4 billion settlement of hundreds of claims which averaged out to $300,000 per victim, though amounts varied based upon the individual circumstances of each case.

The company has continued to settle cases in 2015, 2016, and 2017 with those who have suffered from complications and failure of the defective devices. There are currently dozens of similar cases pending in Courts across the United States. Victims harmed from defective Stryker hip implants are encouraged to learn about their legal options and potential payouts and settlements from Stryker (although not without independent legal representation for yourself).

Was the LFIT L40 Femoral Head the Only Stryker Hip Recalled in 2016?

The FDA issued a Class II Device Recall for the Stryker LFIT L40 Femoral Head in November of 2016 after several reports of dislocation from the head’s locking mechanism failed. The Femoral head is intended to lock into place, and the recall was issued after reports that the locking mechanism failed, causing hip dislocation and loss of mobility from the defective Stryker Femoral Head implants.

List of LFIT L40 Femoral Head Models Involved in Recall

The model numbers and specific serial numbers involved were reported by the FDA below.

“Catalog #6260-9-236 – Head Diameter 36 mm, Offset +5, including all lots manufactured from 1/102 – 7/1/10;
Catalog #6260-9-240 – Head Diameter 40 mm, Offset +4, including all lots manufactured from 1/1/06 – 3/4/11;
Catalog #6260-9-244 – Head Diameter 44 mm, Offset +4, including all lots manufactured from 1/1/06 – 3/4/11;
Catalog #6260-9-340 – Head Diameter 40 mm, Offset +8, including all lots manufactured from 1/1/06 – 3/4/11;
Catalog #6260-9-440 – Head Diameter 40 mm, Offset +12, including all lots manufactured from 1/1/06 – 3/4/11;
Catalog #6260-9-344 – Head Diameter 44 mm, Offset +8, including all lots manufactured from 1/1/07 – 3/4/11;
Catalog #6260-9-444 – Head Diameter 44 mm, Offset +12, including all lots manufactured from 1/1/06 – 3/4/11.”

What Type of Damages May Be Awarded in a Civil Lawsuit Against Stryker?

The types of damages that may be available to those injured by a defective device are the same as those generally available in any personal injury or product liability case. These include:

  • Reimbursement of medical expenses incurred caused by the defective implant.
  • Anticipated medical expenses that may be incurred in the future.
  • Lost wages.
  • Lost future earning capacity.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Reduced quality of life.

And other economic losses suffered due to the problems caused by the defective device.

BEWARE of Stryker "Adjusters" from Broadspire

Stryker has hired a company called Broadspire to act as a third-party administrator for claims filed against Stryker. At first, it may seem that filing a claim with Broadspire is simpler than filing a product liability lawsuit. However, if you do so you may receive an offer for less than you deserve and you will likely be required to release your rights to file a civil claim.

Broadspire is similar to an insurance adjuster, and its charge is to limit the amount of damages paid by Stryker. While claimants may be reimbursed for their out-of-pocket medical expenses and documented lost wages by filing a claim with Broadspire, they may not be compensated for all damages they are entitled to under the law.

In addition to agreeing to pay only limited compensation, as a condition of receiving any compensation, Broadspire requires claimants to sign a document waiving any right to collect any further damages in the future.

Get Legal Help from Baron & Budd Attorneys

Consult with an experienced attorney from Baron & Budd to protect you and your family’s best interests. If you qualify, our litigation and research team can begin discovery with the goal of collecting all of the financial damages you are legally entitled to. Those suffering from metallosis, hip replacement failure, or who have been required to undergo a second hip replacement surgery have an increased chance of claim eligibility. Don’t continue to suffer in painful silence, call now to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in all 50 states and will come to you if you’re eligible. Our law firm has offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Austin and Dallas, Texas; and Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana.

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https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm311 043.htm
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