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The Rhode Island Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations
Like all states, Rhode Island operates under statutes of limitations which govern the amount of time consumers have in which to file a product liability lawsuit for injuries related to a defective or dangerous device or drug.
In Rhode Island, civil action must be brought within three years of the date the injury occurred.
While you may feel you have plenty of time to determine whether you will file a Rhode Island Stryker hip lawsuit,
only an experienced Rhode Island Stryker hip lawyer can truly determine when your statutes will run,
and prevent you from exceeding the Rhode Island Stryker statute of limitations. There are a number of variables associated with the Rhode Island Stryker hip statute of limitations, therefore the sooner you speak to a Stryker attorney, the better.
The Stryker Hip Recall
On July, 2012, Stryker recalled the ABGII and the Rejuvenate, after the two hip implant devices had been on the market less than three years. In fact, less than a year after the release of the ABGII and Rejuvenate in February, 2010, some surgeons were forced to remove one of the Stryker implants from their patients during a revision surgery. Many of these surgeons noted the presence of corrosion on the removed implant—some surgeons noted this corrosion looked like black rust. Patients notified the FDA of symptoms of metallosis or metal toxicity mere months after receiving an ABGII or Rejuvenate. Just a few short months prior to the Stryker hip recall, the company issued an Urgent Field Safety Notification which went out to surgeons and hospitals alike.
This notification stated the ABGII and Rejuvenate both had higher-than-normal failure rates and were prone to fretting and corrosion at the neck junction. When fretting and corrosion occurs, patients can experience symptoms of metallosis such as acute pain in the groin, hip and thigh areas, deterioration of bone and tissue, inflammation and total hip failure. Symptoms of metal poisoning have also been experienced by thousands of those with a recalled Stryker hip implant. These symptoms can include:
- Memory loss
- Changes in the ability to taste
- Vision and hearing loss
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Kidney disorders or kidney failure
- The development of certain types of cancers
- Chronic headaches
- Irritability, depression, anxiety
- Changes in DNA
- Development of pseudo-tumors
- Cardiovascular problems such as stroke and heart attack
- Neurological disorders
- Thyroid problems
Following the Stryker hip recall, more than 1,700 consumers have filed suit against Stryker, many of these claiming Stryker was aware of the potential risks associated with the ABGII and Rejuvenate long before the Stryker hip recall was issued. If you or a loved one has suffered harm or injury directly related to the Stryker hip recall, it is extremely important that you speak to a knowledgeable Rhode Island Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible. A Rhode Island Stryker hip lawsuit could allow you to recoup your medical expenses associated with the Stryker hip recall as well as damages for pain and suffering.