If you have had complications after your Stryker hip replacement, you are definitely not alone. There are currently more than 4,000 lawsuits on file for Stryker hip replacement medical devices. And there are potentially thousands of other people who have been affected that have not yet started any legal action. Hundreds of these lawsuits are expected to move forward in 2019, and if you have struggled with mobility or health issues after a hip replacement surgery, you may have a valid claim. Hip replacements are supposed to help you move and reduce pain—not cause more problems. If these issues sound familiar to you, talk to a Stryker hip replacement recall lawsuit lawyer right away.
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What kind of problems are associated with Stryker Hip Replacements?
Hip replacements are supposed to make your life easier. Going through the process is definitely disruptive for your everyday life, but the idea is that you have a straightforward surgery now to enjoy better mobility and stability in the future. For many people who got a Stryker hip replacement, that just has not been the case. Instead, they have had to deal with serious health problems and complications long after the surgery. Some of the more common issues include:
- Inflammation of the tissues, which can lead to the death of tissue around the hip joint and pain
- Adverse local tissue reaction
- Broken devices
- Allergic responses (a.k.a. hypersensitivity)
- Joint dislocation or loosening
- Wear or corrosion, which may result in osteolysis (dissolution of the bone)
Unfortunately, many victims don’t notice there’s a problem until it’s severe enough to cause bone fracture or severe pain. By then, you may need to go through surgery again right away to correct the issue. In some situations, victims have to redo their hip replacement surgery entirely.
In July 2012, Stryker recalled their Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants worldwide. They provided alerts to doctors about the health risks of those implants at the time. Most people who had these hip implants were notified by their doctor or other healthcare professional. Those who already had these implants in place may have needed revision surgery.
What kinds of claims make for a valid Stryker hip replacement lawsuit?
The claims that you make in your lawsuit will depend on how your hip replacement has affected you. For some, it has meant having to redo surgery. For others, it has resulted in long-term health problems. In severe cases, a fatality may have occurred, and the family may be able to assert a wrongful death claim. In any of these situations, the accusations against Stryker could potentially include:
- They didn’t test the device enoughor didn’t do enough research about their product before allowing it to be placed inside people’s bodies
- They should have known that their device was dangerous before they created, marketed, and sold it to consumers
- They failed to take reasonable care to ensure that their device was safe before it was implanted
- They used false or misleading advertising to describe how safe the hip implants really were
Some complaints have gone as far as to say that Stryker’s failure to ensure the safety of its products is a “flagrant disregard for human life.” Because of the damage and potentially life-threatening injuries that these devices can cause, this type of accusation has a lot of support in many cases.
Based on these legal arguments, you can recover money for your losses after dealing with a defective hip implant. These damages might include:
- Medical bills for both the hip implant, revision surgery, and any related medical complications
- Lost time away from work
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Mental anguish associated with your experience and related injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In cases that lead to the death of a loved one, families can also file a wrongful death lawsuit. These claims can provide money damages that help replace the contribution that your loved one would have contributed to your family. This could be in terms of wages, emotional support, or even household services. Your attorney will be able to walk you through your potential damages in these difficult situations.
Which Stryker hip implants have been involved in lawsuits?
The July 2012 recall just affected the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. However, other Stryker products have also been the subject of criticism for health problems as well. These other concerning implants include:
- Meridian TMZF
- Accolade TMZF
- Citation TMZF
- LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral head
Because all of these products are very similar, it makes sense that victims could have similar issues regardless of what type of Stryker hip implant they may have.
It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor if you have any type of hip implant and you’re having health or mobility issues. Your medical professional will often able to tell you if your particular problem may be because of your hip implant. Then, talk to a Stryker hip replacement recall lawsuit lawyer to learn about your legal options.
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