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New Hampshire Statute of Limitations for Stryker Hip Lawsuits

By Andrew Sullo


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Have You Been Affected By the Stryker Hip Recall?
In July, 2012, Stryker Orthopedics recalled the Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants; the two devices had only been on the market since February, 2010. At the time the two implants were released, Stryker claimed they would last much longer than other hip implants (from 15-20 years, potentially) and that the devices were much safer than other metal-on-metal hip implants. These claims were less than accurate, as adverse event reports began coming in to the FDA within a few short months of the release of the two devices. A number of surgeons reported that when removing a Rejuvenate or ABGII from their patient, a substance which looked like “black rust” was present, while others noted the presence of a milky substance in the hip tissues.

Many recipients of one of the hip implants found they were have symptoms of metallosis or metal poisoning relatively soon after their implantation. In the two and a half years the Rejuvenate and ABGII were on the market, over 20,000 were sold. At the time of the Stryker hip recall, the company conceded that the failure rate of both devices was higher than normal and that there was a higher likelihood of fretting and corrosion at the neck junction, leading to the release of excess cobalt and chromium ions into the bloodstream and surrounding hip tissues. Of course Stryker also attempted to minimize their liability by claiming many of the bad results were either due to the patient’s prior medical history or the surgeons’ inability to properly place the device or properly clean the device.

The company stated that patients with a metal sensitivity, those who were overweight, or those with a prior infection, diabetes or other medical issues were more prone to developing metallosis or metal toxicity. Symptoms of metallosis include acute inflammation, pain in the groin, hip or thigh, destruction of bone and tissue and total hip failure. Many of these symptoms will eventually lead to the necessity of hip revision surgery. Symptoms of metal poisoning include: gastrointestinal, renal, thyroid, neurological and cardiovascular disorders, loss of hearing and vision, memory loss, vertigo, reproductive disorders, the development of pseudo-tumors, disruption of DNA, and the development of certain types of cancers.

Will You Be Affected By the New Hampshire Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations?
All of those who have been injured by a defective product must file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations for their particular state. While these statutes range from one year to ten years, New Hampshire allows three years from the date the injury occurs—except where a legal duty has been imposed by the government, in which case the action must be brought within six years. Like some other states, New Hampshire also has statutes of repose which are twelve years from the time the defective product is manufactured and sold.

The statute of repose is not dependent on injury, rather on a specific event. The New Hampshire Stryker hip statute of limitations can be much more complex than it appears at first glance, therefore it is important that you consult a highly qualified New Hampshire Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible.

There is truly no way to know exactly when your statutes may expire without benefit of an experienced New Hampshire Stryker hip lawyer’s assessment of your case.

A Notice to New Hampshire Residents with Stryker Hip Implants

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

Manchester, New Hampshire

Nashua, New Hampshire

Concord, New Hampshire

East Concord, New Hampshire

Derry Village, New Hampshire

Dover, New Hampshire

Rochester, New Hampshire

Salem, New Hampshire


 

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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