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Have You Been Harmed By a Defective Stryker Hip Implant?
Just a few short years ago, in February, 2010, Stryker Orthopedics rolled out two new metal hip implants that were expected to change the industry standards forever. Other metal-on-metal hip implants were laboring under safety issues, recalls and lawsuits, and because of the groundbreaking design of the ABGII and the Rejuvenate, many believed metal hip implants had just received a breath of fresh air. To begin with, Stryker used a ceramic ball on both devices, rather than a metal one. This one change was expected to halt—or at least cut down significantly—the issues with metal shear which resulted in metallosis or metal toxicity for the patient.
The ABGII and the Rejuvenate were marketed with the younger, more active patient in mind and the claim was the devices would last much longer than other hip implants—perhaps even as long as 15-20 years, as compared to the “norm” of 8-12 years. Stryker had also deviated from the normal hip implant design by creating an implant with a wide variety of components which allowed surgeons to custom-fit the device to the individual patient. Based on Stryker’s claims, surgeons recommended this new design to their patients. Between the release of the ABGII and the Rejuvenate and the Stryker hip recall in July, 2012, over 20,000 devices were sold and implanted, yet only a few months following the release of the new devices, the FDA began receiving adverse event reports from patients and surgeons alike.
Some surgeons who removed the implants from patients noted significant levels of corrosion on the implants; several noted the substance looked like black rust. Other surgeons made note of a milky substance in the hip tissues of the patient during the removal of the device. By early 2012, over 300 adverse event reports had been sent to the FDA, and it seemed it was only a matter of time before a recall was issued. In the end, both models, despite claims to the contrary, turned out to be potentially dangerous to consumers, and many of those with a recalled Stryker device developed serious metallosis or metal poisoning. If you have suffered harm as a direct result of the Stryker hip recall, it is important that you speak to a South Carolina Stryker hip lawyer at the earliest possible opportunity.
How the South Carolina Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations Could Affect Your Future
Over 1,700 lawsuits are currently filed against Stryker; it is believed that many more will be filed as the statutes of limitations grow near for patients in some states. Every state has a specific limit of time in which to file suit against the manufacturer of a defective product, such as the Stryker hip implants.
In South Carolina, plaintiffs are allowed three years from the date the injury occurred in which to file a civil cause of action for a product liability case.
This means you have a very narrow window of opportunity in which to file your South Carolina Stryker hip lawsuit, recovering damages for your injuries.
It is important to understand that the statutes can be complex, and only an extremely experienced South Carolina Stryker hip lawyer can determine just when the statutes will run in your case, based on the facts surrounding your Stryker injury.
By filing a South Carolina Stryker hip lawsuit, you may be able to recover medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages may also be warranted. If you suffered harm from the Stryker hip recall, contact a South Carolina Stryker hip lawyer today.