!STRYKER HIP SETTLEMENT ALERT! Stryker Hip Implant Recipients TAKE NOTE - Stryker Corporation has reached a 1.4 billion dollar settlement in its metal hip implant MDL. Learn all about theStryker Master Settlement Agreement here.
How to Avoid Exceeding the Idaho Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations:
The Stryker hip recall of July, 2012, has potentially affected over 20,000 consumers who received the implants between early 2010 and the time of the recall. If you are one of the implant recipients affected by the recall, it is important that you speak to an Idaho Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible, due to the Idaho Stryker hip statute of limitations. In the state of Idaho, a civil cause of action must be filed within two years from the time your injury was discovered—or should have been discovered. There are many legal complexities associated with the statutes of limitations, and by misinterpreting your state statutes you could find yourself injured from a defective product, with no way to pursue an Idaho Stryker hip lawsuit. The only way to know for sure when your statute of limitations will end is to consult a knowledgeable Idaho Stryker hip lawyer who can assess the circumstances of your specific case.
Problems with the Recalled Rejuvenate and ABGII
At the time of the recall, Stryker noted a higher-than-normal risk of implant failure as well as the propensity of the Rejuvenate and ABGII to corrode and fret during periods of patient activity. This fretting and corrosion in turn led to the release of excess amounts of cobalt and chromium ions which could lodge in hip tissues or find their way to the bloodstream. The ions in the hip tissues can cause pain, inflammation, destruction and death of tissue and bone, hip implant failure and the necessity for risky and painful hip revision surgery. Cobalt and chromium ions in the bloodstream can cause any number of adverse health effects in the body, including: gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiovascular, renal and thyroid disorders, loss of vision and hearing, memory loss, vertigo, anxiety, depression, irritability, reproductive disorders, the development of pseudo-tumors, disruption in DNA and skin rashes.
Stryker Hip Lawsuits
Over 1,700 recipients of a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII have already filed suit against the manufacturer of their defective hip implant, with more to follow. Just a few of the claims against Stryker by patients include:
- Negligence in the design—the company failed to ensure there would be minimal corrosion, and the taper neck junction between neck and stem failed to fit as expected.
- False claims—Stryker claimed the implants would not undergo corrosion or fretting, yet some patients began experiencing these issues soon after implantation. Stryker also claimed the Rejuvenate and ABGII were safe alternatives to metal-on-metal bearing devices.
- Stryker failed to act on early reports of hip failure.
- The design of the Rejuvenate and ABGII were based on the Wright Profemur—another device with its own set of problems as well as current patient litigation.
- Stryker continued to sell the two implants although they were aware pairing mismatched alloys could lead to patient harm.
How an Idaho Stryker Hip Lawyer Can Help
If you have experienced metallosis or metal toxicity before or after the Stryker hip recall, it is important that you contact an experienced Idaho Stryker hip lawyer who can competently determine when your Idaho Stryker hip statute of limitations began—and will end. You may have significant medical expenses associated with your recalled Stryker implant and your attorney can assist you in making the decision as to whether to file an Idaho Stryker hip lawsuit. The Stryker hip recall could potentially affect over 20,000 consumers; if you are one of them, speaking to an Idaho Stryker hip lawyer can help you get the information you need to make the most informed decision