Stryker Hip Implant Metal Corrosion and Fretting
Stryker’s Rejuvenate and AGB II implants are composed of a cobalt and chromium neck that joins two stems coated with a thin layer of titanium. Stryker marketed both implants aggressively. The company claimed that its patented new mixture of titanium and cobalt chrome resisted the corrosion and fretting seen with other metal-on-metal implants in recent years. Over time though, this claim proved untrue. Friction from the Stryker implant components rubbing against each other still caused metallic debris to enter the blood stream. For many recipients, this resulted in metal poisoning known as metallosis. A Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery study of 11 patients who received the Stryker Rejuvenate showed that upon revision surgery all 11 patients had local soft tissue destruction with visible corrosion at the implants’ neck-body junction, as well as increased levels of chromium, cobalt, and titanium in their blood—all indications of metallosis.
Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits
In April 2012, months prior to issuing the recall, Stryker Corporation sent an Urgent Field Safety notice to doctors warning them of the newly identified risks. Plaintiffs suing over complications from the Rejuvenate and AGB II claim Stryker knew but failed to disclose that the implants had a much higher risk of complications and early failure than advertised and that the devices did not undergo sufficient safety testing. More than 50 lawsuits have been consolidated into multicounty litigation (MCL) in Superior Court in Bergen County, N.J. Another 40 lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. The first New Jersey lawsuit was filed on Aug. 7, 2012, and several hundred more are expected to be filed.
Stryker Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuits
The state and federal consolidated Stryker Hip Implant lawsuits mentioned above are not class action lawsuits. Each individual case still has a potential for its own trial and damages award. Those cases that do end up joined in a class action will be decided by one single trial. After the trial, any compensation awarded is divided up equally among the members of the class. The fact that a class action exists, however, does not mean that everyone who is eligible to join is required to join. Any eligible claimant can still go to another lawyer who will file a separate lawsuit on your behalf. You could then have a separate trial just for your case. You could also benefit from extra personal attention your attorney can pay to the specifics of your lawsuit.
Contact RLG for a Free Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit Consultation
If you suffered complications from a Stryker hip implant, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and even pain and suffering. The Rottenstein Law Group’s experienced attorneys are always be available to give you a complimentary review of your potential claim and a thorough explanation of all the legal ins and outs. RLG’s attorneys have more than 25 years of collective experience taking on big pharmaceutical companies and helping countless injured consumers obtain the compensation they deserve. To find out whether you have a valid claim for a Stryker hip implant lawsuit, fill out the form below or call 1 (888) 976-8529.