If you are still waiting to file a New Jersey Stryker hip lawsuit, our lawyers strongly encourage you to act quickly — several class actions and hundreds of individual plaintiffs have already joined together to seek justice for complications caused by the recalled Stryker ABG II, Rejuvenate, and Trident hip replacements. These implants have been associated with high rates of failure due to corrosion, toxic metal poisoning, loud squeaking noises, chronic pain, and early revision surgery.
Need a Stryker Hip Lawyer? If you or your loved one is a resident of New Jersey who was injured by a defective Stryker hip replacement, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a New Jersey Stryker hip lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
UPDATE: Stryker Hip Class Action Lawsuits Filed
January 2013 — At least 145 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits were centralized in a Multi-County Litigation (MDL) in Bergen County, New Jersey, under Judge Martinotti.
March 2009 — New Jersey also created a centralized litigation for Stryker Trident hip implant lawsuits in New Jersey Superior Court. As of May 2013, there are 171 lawsuits pending in the litigation.
Stryker Orthopedics is now facing hundreds of Stryker hip lawsuits in New Jersey and throughout the United States. The cases are moving forward in early mediation. There are also several Stryker hip class action lawsuits filed in other states — including at least 50 cases in a class action in Massachusetts, and 40 cases in a class action in Florida. Because more than 50,000 people have been affected by Stryker hip recalls, it is likely that the litigation will continue to grow as more people contact a lawyer to seek justice and compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses (past and future care)
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost income or wages
- Permanent injuries or disability
- And more
Recalls of Stryker Hip Replacements
Stryker Orthopedics has recalled the following hip replacements:
- Stryker Rejuvenate: This implant was recalled in July 2012 because the “modular neck-stem” component could corrode.
- Stryker ABG II: Recalled at the same time as the Rejuvenate, also because it could corrode and release toxic particles of metal.
- Stryker Trident: The Stryker Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and Trident Hemispherical Cup implants were recalled in January 2008 over concerns that “manufacturing residuals” may cause adverse events.
Problems with Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate
The Stryker ABG II and Stryker Rejuvenate are a unique type of hip implant that have an interchangeable “modular neck-stem” component, which is located between the femoral stem and femoral head. Most other hip replacements have a single, solid piece of metal. Unfortunately, the modular neck introduces a metal-on-metal part that can corrode. Over time, the corroding piece of metal can cause metallosis (toxic metal poisoning) by releasing large amounts of cobalt and chromium into the body.
According to the official Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate recall notice, the recall is due to:
“…the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction which may result in ALTR (adverse local tissue reactions), as well as possible pain and/or swelling at or around the hip.”
Stryker Trident Hip Implant Problems
In January 2008, Stryker announced a voluntary global recall of the Trident Hip Replacement System (specifically the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and Trident Hemispherical Cup). Both are ceramic devices used in the “socket” part of a hip implant.
The Stryker Trident recall was issued because of problems with excessive squeaking noises (demonstrated in this YouTube Clip) and numerous warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). One Stryker Trident Warning Letter was sent in March 2007 after the FDA inspected the Trident manufacturing plant in Cork, Ireland, and found evidence of poor manufacturing practices. These problems were not corrected until 2010.
In another Stryker Trident Warning Letter issued in November 2007, the FDA warned:
“Your firm received continual complaints [from 2005 to 2007] … squeaking noises of hip implants with ceramic bearing components; some of those problems resulted in revision surgeries due to implant failures (fractures, pain, wear particles, and fragments). … complaints for improper seating of hip implants in broached bones resulting in bone fractures. Your firm has failed to implement adequate corrective and preventive actions.”
Do I have a New Jersey Stryker Hip Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial attorneys that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker hip replacement lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Stryker hip lawsuits in New Jersey.
Need a Lawyer? Again, if you or a loved one injured by a Stryker hip replacement in New Jersey, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.