Fort Lauderdale Defective Product Attorney
In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled two of their most popular all-metal hip implants because the devices could prematurely fail, causing pain, swelling, and damage to surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, this recall came too late for many hip implant victims. Since 2008, innumerable patients have complained about pain, decreased mobility, and hip failure after receiving metal-on-metal hip components. Many have also cited high levels of metals in their blood and surrounding tissues, leading to dangerous medical conditions.
Hip Implant Lawsuits in South Florida
Since the recall, numerous lawsuits have been filed against Stryker Orthopaedics. These lawsuits allege that the hip implant manufacturer:
- Failed to properly test the hip implant device
- Marketed the device erroneously as a “perfect fit” for younger patients
- Failed to warn doctors and patients about the dangers, including metal toxicity
- Designed a hip system that corrodes, deteriorates, and releases heavy metals into the body, leading to toxicity.
- Designed a hip system with serious design and manufacturing defects
- Manufacturer should have known of these dangers and the risks of corrosion, premature failure rate, and the need for additional revision surgeries.
Patients who have been implanted with Stryker’s Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck hip implants are filing lawsuits across the country seeking compensation for their losses. These lawsuits have been consolidated into multi-district litigation (MDL No. 2441) that is currently underway in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. If you or someone you love has experienced adverse health complications after receiving a Stryker defective hip implant, it is best to discuss your case with an experienced South Florida hip implant lawyer.
Stryker Hip Replacement Problems
Numerous complaints have arisen regarding Stryker’s metal-on-metal hip implant system. Some of these health complaints include:
- Impaired kidney function
- Pain at hip site
- Limited mobility
- Popping or clicking sound when walking
- Swelling at joint
- Thyroid problems
- Failure of implant
- Revision surgery
- Depression or psychological issues
- Heart attacks
Stryker’s Reimbursement Program
After the voluntary recall, Stryker hired a third-party claims administrator to handle reimbursement for patients who were affected by the recall. They offered to reimburse patients for testing, treatment, revision surgery, and occasional additional costs. These “additional costs” were not specified and are left up to the discretion of the manufacturing company. If a claims adjuster approached you and advised you to take part in this reimbursement program, the South Florida hip implant lawyers at Kelley/Uustal urge you to speak to our lawyers first.
This reimbursement program fails to take a number of serious costs into consideration, including lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical expenses that may be required. In addition, never sign a medical authorization form to Stryker without first consulting our attorneys. These medical authorization forms would essentially allow Stryker the right to review your medical records-which could put your privacy at risk.
Defective Medical Device Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale
If you or someone you love has suffered medical complications, metallosis, pain, or surgical revisions after receiving an all-metal hip implant, it is important to contact an experienced South Florida hip implant lawyer immediately. Our team has the skill and resources to help you stand up against the medical manufacturing companies to fight for fair compensation for your damages. To see what our legal team can do for your case, contact our office to schedule your initial consultation.