Defective hip implant lawsuits mount against Stryker
Posted on October 30, 2013 in Defective Medical Devices
Lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics continue to advance across the country.
The medical device maker faces hundreds of lawsuits in connection with its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. Walkup Melodia attorneys, who tried the first successful ASR metal on metal hip case in Los Angeles, are seeing a steady stream of new clients interested in learning about their rights.
Because of its unique design features and multiple metal components on the femoral side, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant system is susceptible to corrosion and fretting, which can release metal debris into a patient’s body. Common side effects of a failing Stryker hip system include severe pain, swelling, adverse local tissue reactions, and mobility limitations.
Defective Metal-on-Metal Designs
The majority of Stryker hip implant failures appear to be associated with the so-called “metal-on-metal” design of the femoral stem of the implant system.
All-metal implants were once touted as an ideal solution for younger hip implant patients who lead active lives. Over time it became apparent that not only are all-metal implants less durable than metal-and-plastic alternatives, but all-metal implants also place patients at a significant risk of harm.
“Metal-on-metal hip implants have unique risks in addition to the general risks of all hip implants,” experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say. “Metal release will cause some tiny metal particles to wear off of the device into the space around the implant. There is no way to fully avoid the production of some metal particles.”
When metal enters a person’s body, it can kill tissues and cause a variety of other disorders.
The legal team at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is the nation’s premiere legal authority on metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits. Walkup represents hundreds of metal-on-metal hip implant patients and won the first major all-metal implant lawsuit against manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson.
If you have been injured due to a defective all-metal implant or any other kind of medical device, call us at 415-981-7210 or contact us online.