You might be able to sue Stryker for the defective and recalled hip replacement implants if you experienced complications after the surgery.
Stryker has recalled several of its hip replacement implants since 2005. Patients who suffered from severe complications caused by the manufacturer’s hip replacement implants are filing lawsuits against the company.
Most of the complications are caused by the implant’s metal-on-metal design. If you or your loved one has experienced complications after receiving the Stryker hip replacement system, consult with our Boca Raton product liability attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP, to determine if you can sue the manufacturer for the defective implant.
Why Did Stryker Recall the Hip Replacement Implant?
Previously, Stryker issued recalls for hip replacement implants Rejuvenate and ABG II. This time, the company has recalled another hip replacement implant with a metal design, the Stryker Accolade V40.
Lawsuits filed against Stryker claim that the LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral head used with certain Accolade hip replacement implants is defective. The company recalled its LFIT Anatomic femoral heads manufactured before 2012 after patients reported the following complications:
- Mobility issues
- Bone fractures
- Broken bones
- Cobalt poisoning
- Pain at the implant site
- Metal and chromium toxicity
- Metallosis (blood poisoning due to high levels of toxic metals in the blood)
Many patients who experienced serious complications had to undergo revision surgery. Before the recall of the Stryker Accolade, the company recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular hip replacement implants due to the metal corrosion within the bodies of the patients, causing bone and muscle damage.
What are the Complications Associated with the Stryker Hip Replacement Implant?
Many patients implanted with the Accolade V40, manufactured by Stryker, complained that the hip replacement implant failed prematurely, while others reported serious complications after the surgery.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), patients should watch out for the following signs of complications after hip replacement surgery:
- Swelling at or near the implant site
- Pain at the implant site
- Groin, leg, or hip pain
- Hip dislocation
- Popping, squeaking, clicking, or other sounds coming from the hip joint
- Changes in mobility, including a limp
If you notice any of these signs three months after surgery, it may be because you have a defective hip replacement implant. If you have a hip replacement design with a metal piece, watch out for the following signs of metal toxicity:
- Skin rash
- Hearing or vision loss
- Cognitive impairment
- Mental or psychological problems
- Kidney failure or impaired function
- Thyroid problems
Who Can Sue Stryker After the Hip Replacement Recall?
If you experience any of the above-mentioned complications following your hip replacement surgery, you may be eligible to sue Stryker for the defective design of the implant.
Most product liability lawsuits against Stryker are based on the following claims:
- The hip replacement implants were defective when they were manufactured by Stryker;
- Stryker was negligent in designing the hip implants;
- Stryker failed to perform all the necessary tests to identify potential dangers; and
- The company did not warn patients of the potential metal toxicity issues and other complications.
If you received any of the recalled hip replacement implants manufactured by Stryker and experienced complications after the surgery, you might be able to sue the company to recover damages.
Schedule a consultation with our Boca Raton product liability lawyers at Ged Lawyers, LLP, to determine if you can sue Stryker for a defective hip replacement implant in your particular case. Call 561-995-1966 for a case review.