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What Led to the Stryker Hip Recall?
If you are a consumer who received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII between the release of the two hip implants in early 2010 and the recall in July, 2012, you are likely aware of the issues surrounding the recalled devices. You may have even suffered serious injury or harm due to one of these hip implants which were advertised as being much safer than other metal-on-metal hip implants. Stryker also claimed the Rejuvenate and ABGII would last much longer than other hip implant currently on the market—even as long as 15-20 years. Unfortunately, those claims of Stryker’s innovative new design would soon fizzle as one after another, patients and surgeons alike, began coming forward with claims of serious health problems related to their Stryker implant. Prior to the Stryker hip recall, Stryker sent out an Urgent Field Safety Report in April, 2012, which stated the Rejuvenate and ABGII both had a higher-than-normal rate of failure.
Stryker also stated that the hip devices could have a higher risk of fretting and corrosion, leading to the release of excess cobalt and chromium ions into the patient’s body. Stryker claimed, however that there was a “reported rate of less than one percent for revisions potentially associated with fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular neck junction which can lead increased metal ion generation in the surrounding joint space.” The reality of the actual failure rate would turn out to be vastly different from Stryker’s initial claim. In this report, however, Stryker attempted to place much of the blame for the failures on the patients themselves as well as the surgeons. Stryker noted that patient weight, as well as a prior history of diseases such as diabetes or infection, could play a role in the corrosion of the implant and that inadequate lock or cleaning of the Morse tapers by surgeons could also play a part in implant failure. Both metallosis and metal toxicity has occurred in many patients with a recalled Rejuvenate or ABGII.
How the Illinois Stryker Statute of Limitations May Affect Your Right to Recovery
All states operate under the statutes of limitations, meaning the injured party has a certain length of time in which to file suit against the manufacturer or other party responsible for the defective product. Illinois, like many other states has a two-year statute of limitations, but that statute begins to run on the date the actual injury occurs. This can be more complex to determine than you might think; many people with a Rejuvenate or ABGII hip implant attributed their adverse health issues to things other than their Stryker implant, at least in the beginning.
Only a highly qualified Illinois Stryker hip lawyer can properly assess your case and determine when your Illinois Stryker hip statute of limitations will run. Should that relatively narrow window of opportunity pass by without your filing an Illinois Stryker hip lawsuit you could be barred forever from recovery. Should you have significant injuries related to the Stryker hip recall, you could be left with huge medical bills related to your medical issues or revision surgery. Over 1,700 lawsuits have been filed against Stryker at this point related to the Stryker hip recall and experienced Illinois Stryker hip lawyers believe many more will follow. Don’t wait—it is imperative that you not exceed your Illinois Stryker hip statute of limitations.