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Is Your Right to Recover Damages Affected by the New York Stryker
Hip Statute of Limitations?
If you are the recipient of a recalled Stryker hip—the ABGII or Rejuvenate—you may have experienced health problems associated with the defective hip device fairly soon after your surgery, or perhaps you have not yet had any health issues related to the Stryker hip recall. Either way, you have only a narrow window of opportunity in which to file a New York Stryker hip lawsuit in order to recover damages for your injuries. This is known as the statutes of limitations; the time varies from state to state, although the majority of the states operate under a two-year statute.
In New York, action must be brought within three years of the date the injury occurred.
While this may sound relatively straightforward, there can be any number of factors involved in determining exactly when the statutes on your injuries will run. Speaking to an experienced New York Stryker hip lawyer is your very best course of action to ensure your are able to seek recovery for your medical expenses, pain and suffering and, when warranted, punitive damages, associated with your injuries.
In short, the only way to be certain your statutes have not run, as well as to find out the best way to proceed with your New York Stryker hip lawsuit is to speak to a knowledgeable Stryker attorney.
What are the Problems Associated with the Recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII?
In “typical” metal-on-metal hip implants, when the patient is active, the metal components can rub against one another, causing friction, corrosion, and microscopic metal ions to shear away from the hip device, burrowing into hip tissues and traveling to the bloodstream. Because the design of the Rejuvenate and ABGII implements a ceramic (rather than metal) ball, Stryker advertised the devices as being much safer than a “true” metal-on-metal hip implant. Unfortunately, it was later found that friction and corrosion was occurring at the neck junction of both the ABGII and the Rejuvenate as well as underneath the small metal trunnions located on either end of the neck piece.
Stryker also claimed that the new, innovative designs of the ABGII and the Rejuvenate would not only allow surgeons freedom to custom-fit the device to the body type and activity level of the patient, but would also last much longer than other hip implants. This claim also turned out to be less than accurate. In fact, within a few months after the release of the Stryker hip devices in February, 2010, the FDA was receiving adverse event reports from surgeons and patients alike. Surgeons who were forced to remove one of the devices from patients noted evidence of corrosion in the form of a substance which looked like black rust.
Metallosis and Metal Toxicity from a Recalled Stryker Hip Implant
Many recipients of a recalled Stryker hip implant found themselves with symptoms of metallosis such as: the degradation and necrosis of hip tissues and bone, acute inflammation, pain in the groin, thigh and hip region and total hip failure. When cobalt and chromium ions enter the bloodstream, patients can experience such health issues as: cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and stroke, neurological, renal, thyroid and gastrointestinal disorders, diminishment of vision and hearing, vertigo, memory loss, depression, anxiety, irritability, reproductive disorders, the development of pseudo-tumors and skin rashes. If you are a victim of the Stryker hip recall, it is in your best interests to contact an experienced New York Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible. It is important that you not let the New York Stryker hip statute of limitations pass you by without speaking to an attorney.