A Florida Stryker hip recall class-action lawsuit wants Stryker to pay for medical tests and monitoring for recipients of the company’s recalled Rejuvenate hip implants, according to court documents. The lead plaintiff is a Florida man who received the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant in July 2011 and suffered from adverse effects. He seeks to hold the company responsible for costs of monitoring, though not for damages.

“This action for medical monitoring seeks to recover the quantifiable costs of periodic medical examinations necessary to detect the onset of physical harm, but does not seek a damage award attributable to the increased risk of injury caused by the implantation of the defective Rejuvenate system,” court documents said. “Plaintiff requests that the court exercise its equitable powers to create and supervise a fund for the purpose of monitoring the condition of plaintiff and class members because such monitoring is reasonably necessary.”

The plaintiff wants Stryker to pay for monitoring tests every six months, including blood tests to determine the metal ion levels, aspiration of joint fluid, imaging tests, and regular physician examinations.

Stryker Hip Recall Issued Due to Concerns of Metal Corrosion

In 2012, Stryker issued the hip recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stem devices because of concerns with fretting and corrosion. Though the Stryker components may be used in hip implants that are not metal-on-metal, the cup and stem of the devices are still composed of titanium and cobalt-chromium. These components can cause adverse tissue reactions, and eventually lead to hip replacement failure, forcing recipients to undergo revision surgery.

Patients are also at risk for metallosis, or metal poisoning from high levels of toxic metal ions in the bloodstream. According to a recent Stryker financial report, the Stryker hip recall could cost the company from $190 to $390 million, including compensation for medical tests, treatments, revision surgery costs, lawsuits and insurance payments.

If you suffered injuries after receiving a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II neck-stem, speak to a Stryker hip recall lawyer at our firm today to learn more about your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call 1-877-779-1414 to learn more.

Published February 8, 2013 by