Stryker Hip Lawsuit Plaintiff Claims Recalled Device Destroyed Her Active Life
More plaintiffs are choosing to file a Stryker hip lawsuit in the wake of last year’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stem recall. Recently, an Illinois woman who filed such a claim told her story to CBS2 in Chicago.
“It’s something that’s out of my control and it’s hard for me to accept something that’s so bad that’s out of my control,” she said during a tearful an on-air interview.
According to the CBS2 report, three months after undergoing a five-hour revision surgery to replace her failing hip implant, the woman must walk with a cane, and continues to worry about her medical future. Because the metal ions shed from her Stryker hip destroyed so much muscle, her doctors are doubtful she will ever regain enough strength in her right leg to return to her active life of sailing, biking and hiking.
“The surgeon told me what normally would take him two hours took him four or five hours because I had a cyst the size of a football,” she said. “The metal that leached out of the replacement, the cobalt, destroyed my tissues.”
While the company has set up a claims process to cover out-of-pocket costs related to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall, payments from the program won’t cover pain and suffering or lost wages. To ensure they’re fairly compensated, patients like the woman detailed in the CBS2 report say they have no choice but to file a Stryker hip lawsuit.
Stryker Rejuvenate Recall
The Stryker Rejuvenate recall was announced in July 2012, after the metal hip stems were found to be prone to fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction. According to CBS2, some 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems were sold by Stryker prior to the recall. Affected patients may experience the following side effects:
- Pain and/or swelling at the local joint site
- Development of pseudotumors
- Muscle, tissue and bone loss
- Inflammation of the surrounding tissue.
To date, some 145 Stryker hip lawsuits are pending in a Multicounty Litigation underway in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. Last month, New Jersey Judge Brian R. Martinotti set forth procedures for the parties to begin selecting cases to move toward early mediation, though the case against Stryker will continue while that process moves forward. A Case Management Conference in the New Jersey litigation is scheduled for May 15th.
Additional lawsuits related to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall are also pending in federal courts throughout the country. Earlier this year, plaintiffs in those claims petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to transfer the lawsuits to a single federal jurisdiction for pretrial proceedings. The Panel will meet to hear Oral Arguments on the matter on May 30th.
Need to File a Stryker Hip Lawsuit? Help is Available.
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are offering free legal consultations to individuals affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate recall. To discuss filing your own Stryker hip lawsuit, please contact our Firm today by calling 1-877-779-1414.