Just a month after Stryker Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, one Florida woman broke ground by filing the first Stryker hip lawsuit against the medical device manufacturer.

The lawsuit, which was filed on August 8, 2012 in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County, alleges that the plaintiff’s artificial hip implant shed metal debris into her bloodstream, causing her to suffer side effects that included metal ion poisoning. The device at the center of the lawsuit is the Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stem, which was recalled in July 2012 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) received 60 adverse event reports of complications and early failure rates.

Lawyers are also alleging that the Florida woman’s injuries forced her to undergo revision surgery to remove the pseudotumors and treat the bone necrosis and soft tissue problems that were caused by the metallosis she developed. She also dislocated her hip at one point and is currently receiving an eight-week treatment in a nursing home, lawyers said.

This groundbreaking Stryker hip lawsuit should not come as a surprise to the company, though. When the Stryker hip recall was issued in July, the manufacturer admitted to its failures, stating that the modular-neck stems had the potential to fret and/or corrode, which might result in local tissue reactions. For many Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II victims, those side effects have manifested in pain and/or swelling. Given that approximately 20,000 recalled Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems were sold in the U.S. since 2007, this case will undoubtedly be the first of many against this medical device manufacturer.

If you have experienced pain and or swelling after receiving a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.

You also might be entitled to compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. Protect your legal rights and contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a national consumer injury law firm. Our attorneys are currently representing victims who received various types of defective metal hip implants, including metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. They are also offering free and confidential case reviews to individuals who have experienced complications stemming from Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants. Learn more by watching this Stryker hip recall video, or by visiting our website today. You can also call us toll-free at (877) 779-1414.

Published September 5, 2012 by