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Could You Be Affected by the Georgia Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations?
If you are a person who has been affected by the Stryker hip recall it could be important to your future to speak with a knowledgeable Georgia Stryker hip lawyer who can explain the Georgia Stryker hip statute of limitations and ensure that you do not miss your window of opportunity for filing a lawsuit. Over 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants were sold to the public prior to the July, 2012 recall. With a failure rate that ranges anywhere from 8.1% to as high as 65% (depending on which study you trust the most) you can see that you stand a fairly good statistical chance of having problems with your Stryker implant. Or perhaps you have already experienced issues related to the Stryker hip recall. After receiving FDA approval in 2008 and 2009, Stryker didn’t begin aggressively marketing the two devices until early 2010.
Yet only months later, adverse event reports began filtering in to the FDA, from consumers and from surgeons who had already been forced to remove failed Rejuvenates and ABGII’s. Like many other states, Georgia has a two-year period in which a civil cause of action can be brought, from the time the injury is discovered or should have been discovered. Georgia also has a ten-year statute of repose which begins from the date of the first sale for use or consumption (subject to certain exceptions). The statute of repose is not related to actual injury, rather to a specific event. Because the statutes of limitations can be very complex, it is extremely important that you speak to an experienced Georgia Stryker hip lawyer who can assess your individual circumstances and determine when the statute began in your case.
The Problems Associated With the Stryker Hip Recall
Although the Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants were touted as being both safer and longer-lasting than other hip implants, neither of those assertions turned out to be nearly as valid as the claims. Within the first year following the release of the implants, surgeons were removing the devices from their patients and noting a substance which looked like “black rust” on the implants. Other surgeons noted a “milky substance” in the hip tissues when removing the failed implant. Patients experienced symptoms of metallosis and metal toxicity—although Stryker claims that some patients are much more sensitive to metals, therefore are more prone to metal toxicity. Metallosis symptoms include chronic pain in the hip and groin region, inflammation, degradation of bone and tissue, failure of the hip implant and the necessity of hip revision surgery.
Metal toxicity and metal poisoning occur when tiny cobalt and chromium ions shear away from the hip device and travel to the bloodstream. When the heavy metals build up in the bloodstream, the following serious health issues can occur:
· Gastrointestinal disorders
· Renal and thyroid disorders
· Cardiovascular disorders
· Neurological disorders
· Memory loss
· Reproductive issues
· Development of pseudo-tumors
· Alterations in DNA
· Anxiety, depression, irritability
· Loss of vision and hearing
· Skin rashes
How a Georgia Stryker Hip Lawyer Can Help
Whether you have already experienced problems with your Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII or not, speaking to a knowledgeable Georgia Stryker hip lawyer will give you a solid understanding of your options. Speaking to an attorney will also ensure you do not pass the Georgia Stryker hip statute of limitations which could bar you forever from recovery. You may have significant expenses related to the failure of a hip implant you believed to be safe, and only a qualified Georgia Stryker hip lawyer can help you file a Georgia Stryker hip lawsuit. Thus far, over 1,700 lawsuits have been filed against Stryker regarding the Stryker hip recall, and it is believed many more will follow. Don’t wait—contact a Georgia Stryker hip lawyer today.