Depuy and Stryker Hip Lawsuite Guide

After suffering horrible injuries and needing surgical revisions, thousands of patients decided to file lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics and DePuy Synthes. Plaintiffs allege that their devices were negligently tested before seeking clearance, and accuse manufacturers of misleading the public since the implants were falsely advertised as more durable than their competitors. According to the terms of the recall, Stryker claimed that patients would be reimbursed for the medical costs required to receive a new implant. However, many victims suffered permanent damage even after revision surgery and needed to pay substantial medical bills for the rest of their lives.

Device Type: Artificial Hip

Injury: Bleeding Accidents, stroke, and death.

Manufacturer: Depuy, Stryker

Total Cases: 16,000

Settlement Amounts: EST – $100,000 over $1,000,000

Bellwether Trial Start Date:        April 2017

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Stryker Corp. started paying the first round of injury settlements

Stryker Corp. started settling the first four lawsuits back in 2013, by spending over $510 million in related costs. On November 03, 2014, agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle thousands of other litigations in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. To date, many more cases have been filed in court states across the country, and this settlement only includes all claimants who had revision surgery before November 2014. DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, decided to settle 7,500 of the over 12,000 litigations filed by paying a $2.5 billion settlement in 2013. In March 2015, the company paid additional $502 million to five claimants who suffered severe damage after their Pinnacle Ultramet implant broke prematurely. Some individual lawsuit were awarded up to $8.3 million, such as Loren Kransky, who received this hefty sum of money after the jury verdict found J&J liable for all the damage he had to endure. Future litigations can be negotiated for all other plaintiffs through the next few years, so you’re still in time to file a dispute and be eligible for compensation.

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The Risks associated with hip Replacement surgery

Although the devices were built to last longer than older prosthetic implants, many patients experienced serious adverse reactions after their hip implant fragmented and broke. Natural body movement did, in fact, produce an unexpected mechanical stress on the metal parts, leading to corrosion, fretting and wearing.

Our lawyers allege that the debris loosened from the defective devices was released into the bloodstream, causing heavy metal poisoning and metallosis. According to court documents, many patients needed additional surgery such as bone reconstruction after the hip implant was removed and substituted.

Friction and wearing of prosthetic implant may also cause corrosion and fretting, releasing metal ions into the space around the joint. These substances may flare up local toxic reactions causing bone tissue to die, so even if the patient is implanted with a new prosthesis later, susceptibility to constant dislocation and fractures will be higher.

Chromium and cobalt poisoning are also linked with thyroid dysfunction, hearing and vision loss, and cardiovascular disorders. Our attorneys found that plaintiffs suffering from metal hypersensitivity have an increased risk of allergic reactions and additional complications. According to research published in the journal Orthopedics, at least 13 percent of patients who were implanted with DePuy ASR XL hip replacements, needed revision surgery within five years.

Stryker hip recalled after the FDA warnings

In just a few years, patients and healthcare providers reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hundreds of serious adverse reactions linked to the use of malfunctioning Stryker hip replacements. The regulatory agency reacted by sending numerous warning letters to the manufacturer, accusing the company of fraudulent marketing practices and negligent production of defective devices. Several other joint replacement implants marketed by Stryker such as the rHead Lateral Stem elbow replacement, the EIUS Unicompartmental Knee Systems, and the Accolade TMZF Hip stem showed similar issues. On July 6, 2012, the company opted to recall the ABG II and Rejuvenate modular-neck stems voluntarily.

Stryker Hip Removal Symptoms

Metallosis | Metal sensitivity (hypersensitivity) | Chromium and cobalt poisoning | Swelling and inflammation| Abnormal accumulation of fluids | Pseudo-tumors | Joint dislocation | Implant loosening | Extreme pain Immobility | Bone fractures | Recurring infections || Problems in the nervous system |Confusion and Fatigue|| Gastrointestinal problems

The Latest Stryker Recall: the LFIT Anatomic Heads

On August 2016, Stryker warned orthopedic surgeons and consumers that another one of its products could be defective: the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads. Shortly after the company voluntarily sent a letter where it explained that device was associated with a “higher than expected” incidence of taper lock failure, Health Canada issued an immediate product recall of all the heads manufactured prior to 2011. The artificial femoral head replaces the patient’s natural one and should fit directly on the hip bone itself to form a new hip joint. However, this device is locked into the femur (thigh bone) itself through a taper lock, and this portion is the one that is corroding and breaking at an alarming rate.

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