Kansas City, Missouri: Hip Metallosis Lawyers & Lawsuits

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What happened regarding the Stryker Rejuvenate / ABGII Hip Recalls?

If you are the recipient of a metal hip implant, you were likely very concerned regarding the Stryker Rejuvenate / ABGII hip recalls. At the same time of the Stryker ABGII hip recall, a Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall was also implemented. The Stryker ABGII and the Rejuvenate gained FDA approval via the 510(k) program which fast-tracks medical devices which are substantially similar to another product already being marketed. The FDA database reveals that there had been adverse event reports related to the Stryker ABGII and Rejuvenate prior to the Urgent Field Safety Notification sent out in April, 2012.


The Stryker ABGII hip recall took place only months later, in July, 2012. While the two implants were approved in 2008 and 2009, they were not aggressively marketed until the first part of 2010. Yet by July, 2010, surgeons who were forced to remove the devices from their patients noted the presence of what appeared to be black rust on the removed devices as well as significant amounts of fretting and corrosion. Stryker continued to sell the two devices until the recall.


DePuy Pinnacle Hip Dangers and How They May Affect You

As with all metal hips, DePuy Pinnacle hip dangers turned out to be significant. These dangers include the development of DePuy Pinnacle hip metallosis, DePuy Pinnacle hip chromium and cobalt poisoning, the development of pseudo-tumors, ALVAL and synovitis. If you have experienced any of these DePuy Pinnacle hip dangers, you could find yourself extremely ill, with no choice but to undergo DePuy Pinnacle hip revision surgery.

 

Symptoms of Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Chromium and Cobalt Poisoning

Scientists are unclear why some people appear to be much more sensitive to chromium and cobalt as well as other heavy metals. In some instances people with relatively low levels of cobalt and chromium in their bloodstream can suffer serious levels of Stryker Rejuvenate hip chromium and cobalt poisoning while others with very high levels of heavy metals in their bloodstream may not have suffered any adverse health effects yet. Even so, nearly any level of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream is considered dangerous. Those with Stryker Rejuvenate hip chromium and cobalt poisoning can experience such symptoms as:

  • Diminishment or loss of vision and hearing
  • The development of pseudo-tumors
  • Anxiety, irritability and depression
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Cardiovascular, neurological, renal and thyroid disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Tremor and seizures
  • Chronic headaches
  • Asthma and other respiratory illnesses
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Changes in DNA
  • Skin rashes

 

Do You Suffer From DePuy ASR Hip Metallosis?

During periods of activity, the metal components of your metal hip implant can rub together, causing tiny metal ions to shear away, and leading to DePuy ASR hip metallosis. The ions delve into the hip tissues, causing the patient chronic pain in the hip, thigh and groin areas, as well as serious levels of inflammation. As time goes on and more metal ions lodge into the hip tissues, the bone and tissue surrounding the hip can experience deterioration and even death. The hip device may fail completely, requiring the patient to undergo DePuy ASR hip revision surgery.


When You Must Undergo Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Revision Surgery

If your surgeon has determined your metal hip implant is causing you problems which are severe enough, you may have to undergo Stryker Rejuvenate hip revision surgery. Whether you have symptoms of metallosis or Stryker Rejuvenate hip metal blood poisoning, it can be necessary that you have your hip implant removed. Unfortunately, Stryker Rejuvenate hip revision surgery can be much riskier than the original implant surgery. You will be required to be on the operating table for as long as four to six hours, meaning you could be exposed to nerve damage, excessive blood loss and infection. You will also have a much longer recovery period after Stryker Rejuvenate hip revision surgery, usually as long as six weeks.

 

Understanding Your Kansas City, Missouri Stryker ABGII Hip Statute of Limitations

If you have a metal hip implant and are considering filing a Kansas City, Missouri hip metallosis lawsuit, you must be aware of the Kansas City, Missouri Stryker ABGII hip statute of limitations. This is the amount of time you have, under state law, in which to file a product liability lawsuit. The state of Missouri allows five years from the date your injury occurred. This can be much more complex that it appears, and can be affected by a number of factors. For this reason, it is important to speak to an experienced Kansas City, Missouri hip metal on metal attorney in order to determine when your statute will run.


Latest News Regarding Kansas City, Missouri Hip Metallosis Litigation

Soon after the DePuy ASR hip recall, lawsuits began being filed. Many consider the DePuy ASR hip recall the biggest debacle in the history of medical devices. More than 11,000 lawsuits were filed regarding the ASR, although DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, settled approximately 7,000 of the lawsuits in late 2013, for $2.5 billion. The DePuy Pinnacle faces more than 5,400 lawsuits; the first of those which ended in October, resulted in a decision for the defendant, and the remainder will be set for bellwether trials, mediation and regular trials. Stryker faces more than 2,300 lawsuits for the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall and the Stryker ABGII hip recall. Seventeen of these suits were settled through mediation for an undisclosed amount, and the remainder are being set for mediation and bellwether trials. Some believe Stryker will follow DePuy’s lead and settle at least a portion of the lawsuits.

 

Do You Need a Kansas City, Missouri Hip Metallosis Attorney?

If you are the victim of metal hip injuries related to a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII, a DePuy Pinnacle or ASR, a Biomet M2A Magnum, Smith & Nephew R3, Zimmer Durom or Wright Systems Conserve THS or Profemur hip implant, it could be beneficial for you to speak to a knowledgeable Kansas City, Missouri hip metallosis attorney. You could be entitled to pursue compensation for your injuries.

DISCLAIMER: Statutes of Limitations limit the amount of time that an individual has to file a lawsuit, and not only vary from state to state, but also vary by cause of action. The information provided above and in the city/state-specific pages in this section is meant as a general guide, and is for informational purposes only. Each client’s case is unique, and the specific circumstances of any individual case can have significant bearing on the applicable statute of limitations. Any person who believes they may have a viable cause of action is strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney about the statute of limitations for his or her case. Attorney Andrew Sullo is licensed to practice law in Texas, and can prosecute cases that are part of a federal multi-district litigation. Andrew Sullo does not practice law in any other state, and is not certified by the Boards of Legal Specialization in any state. Not all states have board certifications. This information is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Texas. Our firm is not accepting cases in any state where it would be impermissible for it to do so. Sullo & Sullo, LLP maintains its principal office in Houston, Texas.

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