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Time may be ticking away when it comes to your opportunity to pursue a claim for your Stryker Rejuvenate case
In July 2012, Stryker Orthopedics announced it would be recalling their AVG II and Rejuvenate Modular hip implants. This is after it was determined that the metal hip implants were defective, and causing serious harm to hundreds of patients. The modular neck hip stems caused corrosion and fretting, leading to an adverse reaction of local tissue along with swelling and pain around the hip.
To date, the Stryker Corporation is not accepting full legal responsibility for its failure in designing and manufacturing ineffective hip replacements and bringing them to market. As a result, lawsuits have been filed all across America by patients experiencing hip replacement problems. The lawsuit seeks recovery from the failure of Stryker hip implants to compensate damages, medical expenses, lost wages, lost future potential earnings, pain, and suffering.
No Clinical Testing Performed Prior To Widespread Marketing of Device
When Stryker first announced they were marketing the AVG II and Rejuvenate systems, the products were hailed as the “latest evolution” and “next generation” of high-quality effective hip replacement parts. The AVG II system was designed to provide greater stability while minimizing stress on bones. The Rejuvenate hip replacement system was designed, manufactured and marketed to appeal to younger patients. The product was offering them a better range of motion from a longer-lasting device.
Unfortunately, the corporation avoided conducting clinical testing on the effectiveness and safety of both hip replacement devices before introducing the products to the medical marketplace. Their lack of concern for patient safety makes them liable in a court of law.
Stryker Hip Replacement Safety Alert
Medical device failures are nothing new in the health industry. In fact, health regulators, doctors, and other health care providers have long focused an exorbitant amount of attention on the harm caused to patients from hip replacements. The harm is typically the result of tiny metallic particles being released from the product and causing widespread failure of the hip implant.
Most of these problems have occurred in metal on metal (all metal) hip implants. Both hip stem replacement units are not considered all-metal devices because they do not have a metal socket rubbing against a metal ball. However, both are manufactured from cobalt and chromium with titanium coated stems. In fact, the ball and socket junction is known to release metallic debris into the bloodstream and nearby tissue causing problems.
The rising amounts of hip replacement failures caused the Stryker Corporation to issue an urgent safety alert in April of 2012. Surgeons were warned significant problems when implanting both hip replacement systems. The alert detailed safety risks to patients including exposure to ion generation and excessive metal debris. The Stryker safety alert listed significant problems that can occur, including metallosis (see here), necrosis (see here), osteolysis, along with significant pain and implant loosening requiring the patient to undergo hip revision surgery (look here for an extensive discussion on hip revision surgery).
Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits
By June 2012, Stryker recalled 20,000+ AVG II and Rejuvenate hip implants already implanted in patients in every state including Illinois due to a high failure rate. Even so, just a small fraction of those recalled replacements have involved lawsuits. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations for a Stryker lawsuit is about to expire in 2014. In many cases, it may not be possible to extend the time limit to obtain financial compensation for the damages, losses, pain, and suffering involved in a failed hip replacement manufactured by Stryker.
Some attorneys argue that the statute of limitations for Stryker lawsuits might not have started on the day the corporation announced the recall. This is because many potential plaintiffs might not have been aware that their device was recalled. Others can argue against the strict statute of limitations because their hip was not hurting at the time, or their surgeon was not recommending revision surgery because the hip failure had not yet been recognized.
Hiring The Right Attorney To Represent Your Best Interests
Drug Law Center can provide detailed information to individuals affected by the recalled Stryker hip replacement products on the recall statute of limitations and extensions to file a lawsuit. Drug Law Center is a Chicago-based law firm that represents individuals across the country affected by a defective medical device– including an extensive list of clients with metal-on-metal hip implants. As patient advocates, our attorneys can provide information concerning hip complications, treatment options, and all available legal options.
The law firm offers advice, counsel, and services with no upfront fees. Working on contingency, the team of skilled attorneys can evaluate the claim, develop a case and file a lawsuit to seek adequate compensation for medical bills, lost wages, damages, pain, and suffering. Call (888) 424-5757 to speak with an attorney today, before the statute of limitations on filing a Stryker lawsuit expires.