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How the Arizona Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations May Affect You:
If you are the recipient of a recalled Stryker hip implant device and have suffered adverse health effects from the device, you may wonder whether you should speak to an Arizona Stryker hip lawyer regarding a potential Arizona Stryker hip lawsuit. One of the primary considerations your attorney will speak to you about could center around the Arizona Stryker hip statute of limitations. The state of Arizona allows for two years for a civil cause of action to be brought from the time the injury is discovered, or should have been discovered. Arizona also has a twelve-year statute of repose, which runs from the time the device is first sold. The statute of repose differs from the statute of limitations and is triggered by a specified event and can run and expire regardless of whether an injury occurred or has been discovered. This “event” could be the date the device was manufactured, sold, purchased or delivered.
While the Arizona Stryker hip statute of limitations requires that a lawsuit be filed within the two year period, only a qualified attorney can accurately assess your specific case and interpret how the wording “from the time the injury is discovered, or should have been discovered,” affects your potential case. In other words, it is important that you not automatically assume that because the Stryker recall occurred in July, 2012, your time in which to file an Arizona Stryker hip lawsuit is nearing the end. Only an attorney who has extensive experience and knowledge regarding the Stryker hip recall can help you make the determination of when your window of opportunity will end.
Information Regarding the Stryker Hip Recall
The Stryker hip recall is believed to affect as many as 20,000 American consumers; many of those who received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII device have already suffered serious health consequences from their hip implant. Many others may not have connected their health issues with their Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII until the time of the recall, and others may only now be starting to experience adverse health effects from their recalled Stryker hip implant. Prior to the July, 2012 recall, Stryker sent out an Urgent Field Safety Notice to hospitals and surgeons, stating the Rejuvenate and ABGII had a higher-than-normal failure rate and were prone to fretting and corrosion, leading to the release of excess metal ion debris.
When the patient engages in physical activity, the metal parts of the Stryker hip implant can rub together, creating friction and the release of cobalt and chromium ions. These ions can lodge in surrounding hip tissues, leading to inflammation, chronic pain, loss of bone and tissue, hip failure and the necessity of hip revision surgery. Ions which enter the bloodstream can result in a myriad of health problems—many of them extremely serious—including the following:
· Decreases in vision and hearing abilities
· Gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiovascular, renal and thyroid issues
· The development of pseudo-tumors
· Changes in DNA
· Chronic headaches
· Reproductive disorders
· Irritability, anxiety, depression
· Memory loss
· The development of certain types of cancer
Finding the Help You Need
It is important that you contact an experienced Arizona Stryker hip lawyer in order to determine the best course of action for your individual circumstances. Even if you have not yet experienced adverse health effects from your recalled Stryker hip implant, it is important to know that the failure rate for these two Stryker devices is very high; some research puts the number as high as 65%. This means that you have a very good chance of developing problems associated with your Stryker hip device and may be eligible for an Arizona Stryker hip lawsuit.