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If you are a resident of Alabama who has been harmed by a defective Stryker hip implant—such as the recalled Rejuvenate or ABGII—it is important that you understand the statute of limitations restrictions placed on your potential case under your state law. The recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII hip devices occurred in July, 2012, after Stryker issued an Urgent Field Safety Notification just three months earlier, in April. The safety notification informed physicians that the Rejuvenate and ABGII Stryker implants were more likely to experience fretting and corrosion, leading to excess cobalt and chromium debris being depositing into the body. Patients with one of these implants could experience chronic pain as well as other serious medical conditions.
Problems Which Can Occur From a Recalled Stryker Hip Implant Device
There are a number of adverse health issues associated with a recalled Stryker hip implant. The metal parts of the devices can rub against one another, causing tiny metal ions to shear away. When the microscopic metal shards lodge into the hip tissues, metallosis can occur, with the following symptoms: chronic pain, severe inflammation, destruction and eventual death of tissue and bone, total hip failure and the necessity for risky hip revision surgery. When those microscopic metal ions find their way to the bloodstream of the patient, the following symptoms can occur:
· The development of pseudo-tumors
· Irritability, anxiety, depression
· Memory loss
· Disruption of DNA
· Loss of hearing and vision
· Gastrointestinal disorders
· Neurological and cardiovascular disorders
· Renal and thyroid issues
· Reproductive disorders
Alabama Statute of Limitations for Stryker Hip Implants
To date, there are over 1700 lawsuits filed against Stryker, with many more expected as the statutes of limitations grow closer for many states. In the state of Alabama, a civil cause of action for a product liability case must be filed within one year from the time the plaintiff’s injury is—or should have been—discovered. Although the Alabama Stryker hip statute of limitations is among the shorter state statutes, it is important to contact an Alabama Stryker hip lawyer regarding your right to file an Alabama Stryker hip lawsuit. In some cases you may know you are injured, but may not be fully aware of what the cause of that injury is. You may not have overt symptoms of an injury until well after the Stryker recall date.
More specifically, in the case of the Stryker hip statute of limitations, you may have experienced adverse health issues, but perhaps were unaware they were related to your Stryker hip implant. The estimates for the actual failure rate of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII are all over the map—from 12% to as high as 65%--depending on which study you believe. Even at the low end, a 12% failure rate is much higher than the “average” hip implant failure rate of 3-4%. At the high end, there is a very good chance that many recipients of a recalled Stryker hip implant will eventually suffer adverse health issues related to the defective devices.
Because the statutes of limitations can be complex, it is important that you have an experienced Alabama Stryker hip lawyer by your side to determine whether you are eligible to file an Alabama Stryker hip lawsuit. We understand that your individual circumstances are unique; the only way to accurately determine whether the Alabama Stryker hip statute of limitations has run in your case is to speak with an experienced Alabama Stryker hip lawyer.