Last July, the Stryker hip replacement devices – the Rejuvenate and ABG II – were recalled after it was discovered that the hip stems were prone to fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction. The devices that did fret and corrode led to people suffering various complications including local tissue reactions (i.e. pain and/or swelling), metallosis, necrosis, and osteolysis.
Stryker announced to patients who underwent a hip replacement surgery and were given a Rejuvenate and ABG II device, to get blood tests due to the risk of elevated metal ion levels. In addition to blood tests, Stryker recommended to patients that they undergo cross sectional imaging to check whether the components of the device are functioning properly. Obviously, these types of directives can lead to extreme stress and anxiety, even for patients who haven’t suffered any adverse side effects.
At least 145 lawsuits have already been filed against Stryker after the company announced the hip replacement recall. Many victims filed suit in federal court and petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to establish a consolidated proceedings for these Stryker hip replacement injury claims in a single federal court.
If you or a loved one have suffered side effects and suspect they are due to your Stryker hip device, contact a law firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Waiting to take legal action is advisable since there is something called the “statute of limitations.” This is set timeframe for an injured victim to file a claim against a defendant. For example, in Virginia (according to section 8.01-243 of the Virginia code), the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years after you suffer your injury.
For more information about the Stryker hip recall, take a moment to check out this page which has more legal information about the Stryker hip recall claims process.