A man who garnered national acclaim for climbing one of the tallest buildings in the world after a near-crippling bike accident must now decide whether to undergo painful revision surgery to remove a dangerous metal hip he received before last year’s Stryker recall, NBC 5 Chicago reports.

According to an article dated Sept. 10, the man received the Stryker Rejuvenate metal hip replacement in 2011, a year before it was recalled by the manufacturer for its potential to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. Prior to his implantation of the Stryker device, which was taken off the market on July 6, 2012, the Illinois resident beat the odds by climbing the Willis Tower in Chicago after a bike accident in 2007 severed his spine, leaving doctors doubtful about his ability to walk again.

He recently gave back to the rehabilitation center that helped him recover by completing a 3,000 mile cross-country bike trip on their behalf, the report states.

“The reason it makes me angry is because no person has worked as hard as I have, who had been in a compromised situation to bring myself back,” he said. “There are others out there like me, and Stryker needs to be held accountable.”

The man is now filing a lawsuit alleging Stryker Orthopaedics’ failure to adequately test its Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip replacements before marketing them to doctors and patients.

Some 500 Stryker Hip Lawsuit Claims Now Pending in Federal, State Proceedings

Hundreds of individuals in the U.S. have filed similar claims against Stryker at the federal and state court levels. According to recent court records, more than 300 Stryker hip lawsuits involving the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems have been filed in a Multicounty Litigation based in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, and almost 200 are currently pending in a federal proceeding established in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

In addition to claims that the artificial hip was not properly tested for safety and effectiveness by Stryker, cases filed in these litigations further allege the company failed to warn the general public about their risk for side effects. Plaintiffs also allege devices were defectively designed.

According to lawsuits, these side effects may include pain, swelling, difficulty walking and symptoms associated with metallosis (metal ion poisoning), which occurs when metallic debris from the device breaks off and sheds into the patient’s blood stream.

Contact an Attorney to Learn More about the Stryker Hip Recall

Given the fact that approximately 20,000 implants were affected by the Stryker hip recall, it is likely that hundreds of individuals may now be experiencing side effects stemming from the implant. Call an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to file a lawsuit against Stryker at (877) 779-1414.

Published September 13, 2013 by