Stryker Hip Implant Recalls
National Stryker Hip Recall Attorneys
Well before Stryker recalled its “Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant” systems, Searcy Denney was investigating the dangers associated with these implants. We filed the first Rejuvenate case in the country and ultimately ended up filing more cases than any firm in the country. We continue to file cases today. We are proud to have represented more Rejuvenate and ABG II victims than any firm in the country including patients from over 38 states.
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Litigation Success
After we filed our first case, more followed and coordinated litigation was initiated in New Jersey, home to Howmedica Osteonics, Stryker’s subsidiary that manufactured the implants. Cal Warriner was appointed by the court to serve on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee where he chaired the Science Committee. In fulfilling that role, thousands of pages of internal Stryker documents were reviewed, expert witnesses were developed and explanted devices were tested and analyzed. Ultimately, over 2000 cases were filed in the coordinated New Jersey litigation.
In the summer of 2014, Cal Warriner was appointed by the court to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Negotiating Team and after several months of negotiations a global settlement was reached that exceeded 1.5 billion dollars. The settlement included the highest per case individual awards ever received by defective hip implant victims.
New Failures – Stryker L-Fit V40 Co/Cr Femoral Heads
During our investigation into the Rejuvenate and ABG II failures we began to see cases of severe metal wear disease in patients who had been implanted with Stryker Accolade, Meridian and Citation TMZF hip stems when those implants were used together with Stryker’s L-Fit V40 Chrome/Cobalt femoral heads. This made sense to us since these three stems were all made out of the same titanium alloy (TMZF) as the Rejuvenate and ABG II stems. The failure mode (resulting pain, lack of mobility and tissue destruction) was almost identical. During discussions with surgeons who were caring for these patients it became apparent this was not an isolated problem.
We filed our first Stryker Accolade failure case in 2013 and currently have more Accolade metal head combination cases filed than any firm in the country. Our experts have analyzed failed devices that were removed from patients and as expected, Stryker’s metal heads corrode and deform. In some cases they corrode so badly that the head wears the stem down to a nub causing the head to ultimately fall off the stem. In medical circles this is referred to as catastrophic dissociation failure. For more information on this failure follow this link.
Our Experience With Devastating Hip Recalls
Most important to you is the fact we have lived through the devastating consequences these failures have had on our clients. From experiencing the first twangs of pain to learning that a recalled product is implanted in your body, what you should do, what tests you should have, whether you should have it removed and if so when and by whom. We have also seen the catastrophic complications some patients have suffered including fractures, dislocations, infections, the development of pseudotumors and fluid collections to additional salvage surgeries following revision.
We know how to interpret blood testing, MRI scans and other tests to evaluate whether the implants are failing. Frequently we find ourselves answering clients’ questions their doctors won’t or can’t answer. Because of our experience, we completely understand what you are going through and can offer helpful advice and comfort.
What Can I Do if I Have a Defective Hip Implant?
If you have suffered from metal poisoning or other injuries from a defective hip implant, talk to your surgeon now. Even if you were told that you did not receive a Stryker Rejuvenate or AGB II hip implant, it is possible that you received one of the device’s components. To find out exactly which components you received, ask to see the product identification stickers that are attached to your chart. Many patients have been surprised to learn they did receive the Rejuvenate neck and stem components.
The Florida law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA has been representing Stryker hip recall clients across the U.S., filing lawsuits on behalf of those who have been seriously injured by the Stryker Rejuvenate and AGB II and Accolade hip implants. Our firm initiated investigations into the hip implant injuries before Stryker issued a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate products. Our attorneys had handled many metal-on-metal implant cases, and began seeing distinct similarities in injuries of patients who had received Stryker hip implants. Through extensive research, we discovered that patients were experiencing metal poisoning and other problems from the Stryker hip replacements, even though they were not of the metal-on-metal design.
To learn more about filing a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit, contact a National Stryker hip recall attorney at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA today for a consultation. You will pay nothing unless we win your case.