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Before the Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems were recalled by Stryker Orthopaedics in July 2012, approximately 20,000 devices were sold throughout the United States.
That means thousands of people who underwent seemingly routine hip replacement surgeries were implanted with devices whose metal components had the potential to fret or corrode, causing toxic metal debris to seep into the bloodstream and surrounding tissues.
As a result of these Stryker hip implants, many patients have suffered symptoms related to metal ion poisoning, also known as metallosis, hip replacement failure, and other complications, which have forced them to undergo (sometimes several!) revision surgeries to remove the hip replacements.
If these Stryker hip side effects sound all too familiar, you may be eligible to file a Stryker hip lawsuit. Keep reading to learn more.
Complications associated with the recalled Stryker hip are also common to a version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement that includes a metal liner, as well as the Wright Conserve and Wright Profemur hip replacements, the Biomet Magnum M2a hip replacements, and devices affected by the DePuy ASR hip recall.
The amount of Stryker hip problems reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and claimed in lawsuits filed against the manufacturer has grown since the devices were recalled in July 2012.
Since the beginning of that year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has received more than 60 adverse event reports of metal corrosion, tissue inflammation and other complications stemming from the Stryker hip implants. The high number of these complaints partially fueled concerns that ultimately led to the Stryker hip recall.
The amount of lawsuits filed against Stryker Orthopaedics has grown as well. According to a Feb. 28, 2013 report from NorthJersey.com, over 80 claims were pending in New Jersey Superior Court, to be overseen by Judge Brian R. Martinotti. The New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision to appoint this judge to pretrial proceedings was ordered in January.
In federal court, a Stryker hip lawsuit plaintiff filed a motion this February to coordinate pending claims in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. As 10 out of 30 claims are pending at this location, the formation of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) there would be beneficial for all parties. Plus, duplicative discoveries in various trials could be avoided, the request stated. The plaintiff who filed this motion alleges in his lawsuit that he suffered injuries stemming from the Rejuvenate device.
With the rise of claims brought by patients who experienced complications from its metal hip replacement, Stryker Orthopaedics has taken action.
The manufacturer recently teamed up with third-party claims administrator, Broadspire Services Inc. to manage reimbursement requests from patients hoping to be compensated for costs they allegedly incurred as a result of their injuries. More than two years ago, this same company partnered with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, to manage claims filed over its ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system. 93,000 devices were affected by the DePuy ASR hip recall, which was issued in August 2010.
According to Stryker’s website, participants in the Stryker Broadspire Claims Program may be reimbursed for “for testing, treatment, revision surgery; if necessary; and other costs relating to this voluntary recall.”
Besides that description though, Stryker’s “Claims & Reimbursement FAQs” page offers few specifics as to the exact expenses covered by the Stryker Broadspire claims program.
Patients are strongly advised to contact an attorney before participating in the Broadspire Stryker claims program, and especially before signing any paperwork. Any information you disclose to a representative of this program can be used in your Stryker hip lawsuit.
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