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Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Replacement Devices may Cause Metallosis

Patients implanted with Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular hip systems face the risk of developing metallosis. Metallosis is a medical condition involving build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body. Metallosis is believed to occur when metallic components in medical implants, such as joint replacements, rub against one another and thereby release metal ions into the body.   

Having elevated cobalt levels is one of the most significant contributors to metal ion toxicity. Studies have shown that cobalt and chromium levels are elevated in patients with metal on metal hip implants and modular hip systems, such as the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II. Reactions to certain degrees of metal ions in the body vary from person to person. A common side effect of metal toxicity is the development of pseudotumors in tissue surrounding the hip implant.

To determine the level of cobalt and chromium ions in your body your orthopedic surgeon will want to perform x-rays and blood tests. If your cobalt and chromium levels are relatively low, the physician may perform consecutive tests to measure the increase or decrease in these ion levels over a period of time. Some surgeons are inexperienced regarding metal ion toxicity and its impact on tissue. Remember to consult your orthopedic surgeon on his or her experience regarding metallosis and revision surgeries.  

Case studies have shown that after metal on metal hip implant patients are revised with non-metal implants, their cobalt ion levels decrease dramatically. While science in this area is underdeveloped, it is important to inform your orthopedic surgeon of any new symptoms you may develop. Every patient is different and some experience drastic changes in their health after experiencing elevated levels of cobalt and chromium in the body.

Our medical product liability attorneys have significant experience representing clients suffering from metallosis stemming from recalled Stryker hip devices.

Contact us today at 1-800-849-8072 to schedule a free legal consultation with a highly successful medical product liability lawyer.  We offer each of our clients:

• Legal consultations with an experienced Stryker hip attorney, with no costs to our clients

• Absolutely no legal fees unless your case is successfully resolved

• Personal attention: We can make home and hospital visits to suit the convenience of our clients

• National support for victims of dangerous medical devices

Stryker Settlement Announced 

On November 3, 2014 a global settlement was announced between Stryker Corp. and thousands of Plaintiffs nationwide who were previously implanted with the company’s recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants.

The total amount paid out by Stryker is expected to exceed $1 billion for complications resulting from these faulty hip implants. Stryker will pay a base amount of $300,000 per case to patients who had a qualifying procedure to remove the recalled device on of before November 2, 2014. There are potential reductions to the base award for age, prior hip revisions, and other relevant factors. Claimants may also receive additional compensation, referred to in the proposed settlement as “Enhancements,” at a later date if they can demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria for the categories set forth in the settlement agreement.

The settlement applies to cases filed in the multi-district litigation (MDL) consolidated in federal court in the District of Minnesota and suits filed in New Jersey state court’s Multi-county Litigation (MCL). Approximately 1,800 cases have been consolidated in United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (In Re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, 13-MDL-2441) and over 2,100 cases are pending in New Jersey state court (In Re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Implant Litigation, Case No. 296 BER-L-936-13, Bergen County Superior Court).

Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley is at the forefront of this litigation and was the first to file lawsuits in several states. Attorney Jesse Bernheim, founding partner of Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley, LLC, is federally-appointed Liaison counsel to the MDL and throughout this litigation, we have worked diligently in leadership positions to obtain justice for our clients who have suffered due to these defective implants. We will continue to work with each of our clients on an individual basis to determine how this proposed settlement will affect each one, so everyone who qualifies for this settlement can make a well-informed decision on whether they will choose to participate.

If you choose not to participate in the settlement or if you do not qualify for the settlement, all your claims and legal rights are preserved and the attorneys at Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley will continue to advocate tirelessly on your behalf. We are absolutely committed to litigating all claims for our clients who have been excluded from participating due to the criteria governing this settlement proposal and those who elect not to participate in the proposed settlement. If you have a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII, please call us for a free consultation regarding your legal options. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will ensure that you receive the justice you deserve.

For all those who may have questions about this settlement and how it may impact you and those looking for guidance on this or or for any other Stryker-related issue, contact one of our medical product liability lawyers today for a free consultation.

Stryker Hip Attorneys

In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled their Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip systems because design defects in these potentially defective medical devices pose significant risks to implant recipients.  For many Americans, this recall was too late, and they have experienced debilitating pain and even hip implant revision surgery because they have been implanted with these faulty hip replacement systems.

When patients suffer as a result of dangerous medical devices, the attorneys at the firm of Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley, LLC fight to help them recover just compensation for damages such as medical bills and pain and suffering.   If you or a loved one has experienced pain or replacement hip revision surgery as a result of a defective Stryker hip, you may be legally entitled to substantial compensation. 

Contact us today at 1-800-849-8072 to schedule a free legal consultation with a highly successful medical product liability lawyer.  We offer each of our clients:

• Legal consultations with an experienced Stryker hip attorney, with no costs to our clients
• Absolutely no legal fees unless your case is successful
• Personal attention: we make home and hospital visits to suit the convenience of our clients
• National support for victims of dangerous medical devices

Stryker Hips: Faulty Design Leads to Patient Injury

Recently, a number of defective hip implants such as the DePuy Pinnacle hip have made the news because their metal-on-metal design has led to a high failure rate and significant patient injury.  Many surgeons chose to put their trust in Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII modular hip systems because they are primarily composed of both ceramic and metal.  However, the neck junction in Stryker hips is still composed of metal, and it is these components that have caused patient injury.

When there is friction between two metal parts in a replacement hip, small shards of metal can be released into the patient’s blood stream.  These toxic particles can cause a form of metal poisoning called metallosis, which can lead to severe pain, inflammation and other problems that may necessitate costly and painful hip replacement revision surgery.

Injuries Sustained by Stryker Hip Recipients

Recipients of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip systems have reported a number of serious problems and injuries, including:

• Allergic reaction
• Bone and tissue death (necrosis)
• Bone dissolution
• Bone fractures
• Corrosion
• Fretting
• Hypersensitivity
• Implant loosening
• Implant making noise
• Inflammation
• Metal debris in blood stream
• Metallosis
• Pain
• Pseudo-tumors

Stryker Safety Notice and Recall

Stryker released an Urgent Field Safety Notice for its Rejuvenate hip systems in April 2012, indicating that recipients of these hips may develop metallosis, which could cause the patient to suffer severe pain and injuries that may lead to implant replacement surgery.  On July 4, 2012, the company issued a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular hip systems as a result of multiple reports of injuries and revision surgery.  In the recall notice, Stryker states that problems are caused by “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling.”  This Rejuvenate hip was also recalled in Canada in May of the same year.

Just Compensation: Stryker Hip Lawsuits

Makers of medical devices have an explicit duty to ensure that their products are safe.  They also have the responsibility to warn doctors and patients of potential safety threats associated with their products in a timely manner, so that device failure and patient harm can be avoided at all costs.  Three years passed between the time the Stryker hips were approved by the FDA and the recently issued Stryker hip safety alert, and many experts feel that Stryker hid potential problems with their devices in the interest of increasing their profits.  An attorney from our firm can help victims file a Stryker hip lawsuit based on claims that Stryker was negligent in their duties to consumers, which entitles victims of Stryker hip problems to significant compensation for their pain and expenses.

Contact a Stryker Hip Attorney

Victims of Stryker hip injuries and revision surgery may be legally entitled to compensation for their pain and expenses, but many injured Americans hesitate to file dangerous medical device lawsuits because they find the legal process intimidating.  The Stryker hip attorneys at the firm of Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley, LLC understand these reservations, and we take pride in guiding our clients through the legal process with the dedication and personal attention they deserve.  If you have suffered after implantation with a Stryker hip and are considering pursuing compensation, we would like to educate you about your rights in a free legal consultation with an experienced Stryker hip attorney.  Contact us today to learn more.