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Metallosis and Metal Poisoning Risks Associated With the Stryker Hip Recall
Following the Stryker hip recall in July, 2012 of the Rejuvenate and ABGII, most patients with one of these Stryker implants found themselves worried about their health and their future. While each person has a somewhat different tolerance to heavy metals in the body, even relatively low levels of cobalt and chromium in many patients can lead to serious, adverse health symptoms. Other patients may have higher levels of metals in their body, but have not yet experienced any particular ill health as a result.
Even taking into account the different ways each body will handle cobalt and chromium, there are really no “safe” levels of these heavy metals. In a patient with a metal hip implant, activity causes the metal components of the device to rub against one another, causing microscopic metal ions to shear away, finding their way to the bloodstream, or lodging in surrounding hip tissues. When the cobalt and chromium shards are in the hip tissues, the destruction of bone and tissue, acute inflammation and pain in the groin, hip and thigh can all occur. When the bone and tissue begins to die, the hip implant may fail completely, resulting in the necessity of hip revision surgery.
Symptoms of metal toxicity or metal poisoning include the following: Diminishment of hearing and vision, loss of short-term memory, reproductive disorders, cardiovascular, neurological, renal, thyroid and gastrointestinal disorders, DNA disruption, the development of pseudo-tumors, vertigo, depression, anxiety, irritability, skin rashes and the development of certain types of cancers.
Could You Be Affected by the Nebraska Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations?
If you have been harmed by the Stryker hip recall, it is imperative that you be aware of the Nebraska Stryker hip statute of limitations. The statutes of limitations put specific time limits on how long consumers have in which to file a lawsuit for a defective product.
Nebraska operates under a four-year statute, beginning on the date the injury occurs.
Further, Nebraska also has a ten-year statute of repose, beginning on the date the product is first sold. The primary difference between the statute of limitations and the statute of repose, is that the statute of repose is not dependent on an injury, rather an event or date.
While the Nebraska Stryker hip statute of limitations may seem relatively straightforward, there can be any number of variables which can limit your window of opportunity for filing a Nebraska Stryker hip lawsuit.
The only way to know for sure when your Nebraska Stryker hip statute of limitations will run is to speak to a knowledgeable Nebraska Stryker hip lawyer.
This is an important step and one you should not take lightly. An experienced Nebraska Stryker hip lawyer can ensure your rights are fully protected and will look out for your health and your future.
Over 1,700 lawsuits against Stryker have been filed to date, with many more expected as the statutes draw to a close. Your right to file a Nebraska Stryker hip lawsuit may be in jeopardy, therefore you should speak to a Stryker attorney at the earliest date possible. You may have substantial medical expenses related to the Stryker hip recall as well as serious health issues which may or may not resolve, even after undergoing revision surgery. Speak to a Nebraska Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible—don’t relinquish your right to file suit against a company which appears to have had little concern for your future.