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District of Columbia Statute of Limitations for Stryker Hip Lawsuits

By Andrew Sullo


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Could You Be Affected by the District of Columbia Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations? If you are one of the more than 20,000 recipients of a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII, you could be entitled to file a District of Columbia Stryker Hip Lawsuit in order to recover damages for your injuries. Speaking to a District of Columbia Stryker hip lawyer has a number of benefits, however perhaps one of the most important revolves around the statute of limitations. The District of Columbia Stryker hip statute of limitations allows three years from the time the injury is discovered—or should have been discovered—for a civil cause of action to be filed.

 

Because the District of Columbia specifies that the statute begins from the time you discovered your injuries—or should have discovered the injuries—it is extremely important that you speak to a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing your window of opportunity. Only a District of Columbia Stryker hip lawyer can determine exactly when the statute began in your case and can help you move forward with a District of Columbia Stryker hip lawsuit, while ensuring your rights are protected.

 

How the Stryker Hip Recall May Have Affected You

Just a few short months prior to the July, 2012 Stryker hip recall of the Rejuvenate and ABGII, Stryker sent out an Urgent Field Safety Notification to surgeons and hospitals, with information regarding potential risks associated with the two devices.  Although Stryker stated that the Rejuvenate and ABGII were prone to generating excessive metal debris and that fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction could lead to increased metal ion generation, they further claimed that there was only a “reported rate of less than one percent for revisions potentially associated with fretting and/or corrosion…” The reality of the Rejuvenate and ABGII revision rate would turn out to be vastly different from Stryker’s claim.

 

In fact, the Australian Registry found that in the very first year post-hip implant, patients were experiencing a failure rate of more than 11%. Later research would place that number anywhere from 8.1% to as high as 65%. Further, it now appears that Stryker was aware of the problems associated with the two devices soon after they were approved by the FDA in 2008 and 2009 and released to the public, largely in 2010. Several surgeons who were forced to remove the hip device from patients due to the serious health issues associated with the implants notified the FDA that in some cases, what appeared to be “black rust” could be seen on the removed hip implant.

 

In other cases, surgeons noted a strange milky substance in the hip tissues when the implant was removed. By the time the two implants were recalled, Stryker—despite early claims that these new designs would last much longer and provide more safety than other hip implants—was forced to recall the implants due to a much higher-than-normal rate of failure. Over 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABGII implants were sold, and at this point in time there are over 1,700 lawsuits pending against Stryker. Plaintiffs are claiming they developed severe metallosis symptoms or cobalt and chromium poisoning after receiving their Stryker implant. Metallosis symptoms include severe inflammation, chronic pain, loss of bone and tissue, total hip failure and the necessity of revision surgery. Metal poisoning can cause many serious health issues, including loss of vision and hearing, cardiovascular, neurological, renal, thyroid and gastrointestinal disorders, emotional issues, rashes, vertigo, memory loss and the development of pseudo-tumors.

 

Why Call a District of Columbia Stryker Hip Lawyer?

Attorneys who are involved in the District of Columbia Stryker hip lawsuits have done extensive research on the risks associated with the implants. Your District of Columbia Stryker hip lawyer will be your advocate, working hard to ensure you are properly compensated for your injuries. Your attorney has a solid understanding of the District of Columbia Stryker hip statute of limitations and will determine when your statute began running after reviewing your individual circumstances.



A Notice to District of Columbia Residents with Stryker Hip Implants

Residents of the following locales in District of Columbia who were implanted with a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABGII hip implant are encouraged to contact a District of Columbia Stryker Hip Lawyer:

Washington, District of Columbia


 

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 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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