About Stryker Hip Implants
Stryker is one of the largest orthopedic companies in the world. It makes joint replacement devices for those whose natural joints have been injured or worn. The company has manufactured a variety of different joint replacement devices, including metal-on-metal hip replacements that were marketed to be more durable than other options.
More than 20,000 people received Stryker implants from the company’s ABGII and Rejuvenate lines. Unfortunately, many of these recipients were disappointed to find their replacements failed, causing a variety of complications, including:
- Bone and tissue damage
- Bone fractures
- Metallosis (metal poisoning) throughout the body
- Need for replacement or revision surgery
- Physical pain and loss of mobility
- Swelling or development of tumors near the site of the joint replacement device
- Emotional suffering and trauma
What Causes Stryker Hip Implants to Fail?
Hip implants have helped people regain their mobility when their natural joint is injured, but these replacement devices have also caused a great deal of pain and misery.
These Stryker hip implants are made from metal and fail when the metal corrodes and frets. The components rub against one another, creating friction that not only wears away the durability of the device but also releases metal ions into the body. Over time, the implants loosen and metallosis (metal poisoning) develops.
A recall was issued by Stryker in 2012, but much of the damage was already done. Recipients of the devices had already been dealing with failure and painful revision surgery.
Since the recall, a number of lawsuits have been issued. Recognizing the situation was problematic, Stryker settled most of the cases within a couple of years and patients received money to help them pay for the surgery, rehabilitative treatment, and pain and suffering.
Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit
Now, in addition to those two particular models, those with implants from the company’s Accolade, Citation, and Meridian lines of products might also be eligible for compensation. If you’re the recipient of any of the following devices, you could be eligible for financial compensation:
- ABG II
- Accolade TMZF
- Citation TMZF
- Meridian TMZF
- LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral head
According to the lawsuits filed against Stryker, the company knew about or should have known about the problems linked to the hip implant devices. Instead, they manufactured, marketed, and distributed the devices calling them safe and effective. The company is accused of failing to take reasonable care for the safety and well-being of patients and to adequately test the device. Stryker’s marketing was also called “false and misleading.”
The 2014 settlement cost Stryker more than $1.4 billion with individual patients receiving at least $300,000 and up to $600,000 for their injuries and complications. Only people who’d undergone implantation in the United States or in a United States military hospital qualified for compensation, and they had to have experienced complications that included:
- Evidence of metallosis
- Abnormal diagnostic scan
- Evidence of tissue damage
Older patients, patients unable to receive revision surgery, and patients who died before enrollment in the settlement received less compensation. Awards could also be greater based on specific details of injuries.
In 2016, Stryker expanded the terms of the settlement and increased the number of hip implant recipients who received compensation due to injuries caused by their ABGII and Rejuvenate hip implants that required revision surgery.
Despite the settlements that have already occurred, recipients of Stryker hip implants could still be eligible for financial compensation. Every case is different. If you or a loved one experienced complications after hip replacement surgery, contact an experienced attorney to discuss your case.