It’s no secret that poor mobility can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life, especially with regard to your hips and legs. That is why so many people across the U.S. opt for joint replacements and prosthetic treatment options, so that they can regain at least some of their former movement and flexibility. However, as these procedures become more popular, more and more defective and harmful products are beginning to surface.
In recent years, Stryker brand hip replacements have received a lot of attention, and not for good reasons. Thousands of patients have come forward after experiencing additional complications caused by defective components within the implants themselves, and all who have yet to come forward are being encouraged to do so at this time. Van Law Firm has worked hard to defend the rights of mass tort victims for nearly ten years, and we are standing by to assist Stryker hip replacement victims now. Call our office nearest you for a free consultation and case review.
What are Claimants Alleging?
Since 2019, more than 2,000 Stryker hip replacement lawsuits have been filed in both federal and state courts. The year before, Stryker company consented to a confidential resolution of lawsuits involving the company’s LFIT V40 Femoral Head. Additionally, in 2014, the company compensated victims with $2 billion to resolve Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuits. Currently, lawyers are researching adverse medical complications associated with Stryker’s Tritanium Acetabular Shells.
Lawsuits initiated by victims argued that Stryker manufactured defective implants which led recipients to experience medical conditions that led to great pain and required subsequent surgery. These claims allege that metallic components in the implants disperse metal ions throughout the body which can damage tissue as well as cause other complications. These lawsuits involve six types of Stryker hip replacements, but three types (Rejuvenate, ABG II, and LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40) have already been part of federal litigation.
ABG II and Rejuvenate Settlement
In 2012, Stryker recalled around 44,000 Rejuvenate and 9,000 ABG II implants. Then in 2014, the Stryker company agreed to pay over $1 billion to settle a large number of cases. Two years later, the settlement was extended to include more patients. On average, the company paid around $600,000 for a hip implant that had led a patient to face medical complications. Stryker initially expected all settlements to resolve by the conclusion of 2017, but several years later there were still over a thousand associated lawsuits pending in federal court due to ABG II and Rejuvenate litigation.
Tritanium Acetabular Shell Lawsuits
Lawyers are currently accepting lawsuits from individuals who have experienced complications following the implantation of Stryker Tritanium Acetabular Shells during hip replacement surgery. The devices are intended to fuse to a patient’s bones to encourage bone growth, but unfortunately do not always work in the desired manner. As a result, if you received a Tritanium implant in the last five years and are now facing medical complications, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney.
LFIT V40 Femoral Head Settlement
An initial settlement agreement involving Stryker and patients who alleged harm from the company’s LFIT V40 Femoral Head occurred in 2018. A year later, however, over 689 lawsuits were still pending in federal court. The lawsuit’s terms remain confidential. Hundreds of individuals are known to have filed lawsuits alleging harm caused by LFIT V40.
Example of Patients Who Have Pursued Hip Lawsuits Against Stryker
Some of the notable lawsuits in which Stryker has been involved include:
- One woman received an Accolade TMZF and LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Head in 2009. After the hip replacement surgery, blood tests showed high amounts of metal in her body. The woman later received surgery to remove the device. The woman filed a lawsuit against Stryker in 2014.
- Another man pursued legal action against Stryker after he received a subsequent surgery after receiving a hip replacement. The man reported that he was unable to sit for long periods and had difficulty getting out of his car.
Speak with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has received a defective hip replacement, you should do everything possible to make sure you have the greatest chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Do not hesitate to contact Van Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation. With more than 500 5-star reviews, we work hard to achieve the best representation for clients possible. Do not hesitate to contact us today for assistance.