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Stryker metal on metal hip lawsuits

June 6, 2017
The New Jersey Supreme Court has paved the way for consumers to consolidate lawsuits in the state against Stryker Corporation concerning one of its allegedly defective hip replacement devices. The suits allege that the device, when joined with another component, has caused corrosion inside patients’ bodies, and has required them to undergo further surgical procedures.

Any and all pending and future actions in New Jersey concerning the Stryker LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral head, which is manufactured by Stryker’s Howmedica Osteonics division, may be consolidated into a multicounty litigation (MCL).

Superior Court Judge Rachelle Herz, who is also overseeing the state’s multicounty litigation concerning the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and ABG II Modular Hip Stem components, will supervise the new case.

In August 2016, Stryker voluntarily recalled several lots of the device that had been manufactured before March 2011, citing complains about the failure of the femoral head to properly lock into the stem-head taper junction. This problem is known as “taper lock failure.”

The Supreme Court did not limit the MCL to devices that had been recalled – a move that pleased the plaintiffs, who allege that several other non-recalled Stryker devices caused medical and surgical complications, as well. Numerous lawsuits have been brought against surgical device manufacturers for so-called “metal on metal” complications. In such cases, corrosion of the devices can release metal particles into surrounding tissue and bone, and into the bloodstream

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Stryker LFIT V40 CoCr Anatomic Femoral Head recall

More than 100,000 LFIT V40 CoCr Anatomic Femoral Head devices have been implanted into patients. On August 29, 2016, Stryker Corporation issued an urgent medical device recall on this product. The Stryker LFIT V 40 Anatomic Femoral Head represents one part of a replacement hip. It is used in many hip replacement hip stems manufactured and marketed by Stryker.

In the recall letter, Stryker outlined the reported problems associated with the device:
• Insufficient range of motion
• Loss of implant/bone fixation strength
• Excessive wear debris
• Noise
• Dislocation of the femoral head from the hip stem
• Hip stem fractures
• Excessive metallic corrosion leading to cobalt and/or chromium poisoning.

Stryker Corporation has now been sued over this device with lawsuits pending in three different jurisdictions. A plaintiff has requested that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) consolidate litigation against Stryker. The plaintiff proposed that the new MDL be located in federal court in Massachusetts.

TheLawFirm.com contends that Stryker knew for years that the LFIT V 40 femoral heads were defective and dangerous. However they failed to properly warn the physicians implanting these devices and ignored the risks to patients.

If you were implanted with a metal on metal hip and suffered complications as a result, please contact TheLawFirm.com for a free consultation.

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Stryker rejuvenate, abg II & Accolade metal hip implant recalls

The Stryker metal hip recall lawyers at TheLawFirm.com are also currently handling claims involving the following Stryker hip replacements:

- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Stryker ABG II
- Stryker Accolade

The most common hip implants include a one-piece neck and stem called a ‘monoblock’ design. Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II systems include several neck and stem components.  It is our opinion that the design and manufacture of these components was grossly defective.

Stryker Hip RECALL - Stem Complications


Recent recalls of hip implants (such as those manufactured by DePuy and Biomet) have focused on the metal-on-metal ball-and-socket components, which can release metallic debris into the body during normal wear and tear.

Stryker’s modular-neck hip stem systems are different.

However, because the Stryker necks are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are coated with titanium, they do have a metal-on-metal junction. And they can cause the same complications as other defective hip implants.

Several recalls and “Safety Alerts” have issued concerning these Stryker components.  One of the official alerts listed the potential hazards in these devices, including: “Excessive metal debris and/or ion generation,” caused by “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular neck junction,” which “may lead to increased metal ion generation in the surrounding joint space.”

The safety of metal-on-metal hip devices is seriously in issue because of the tendency for metal components to rub against one another, depositing minute shards of metal into a patient’s tissues, bones or bloodstream.

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Complications associated with recalled Stryker metal hip implants often lead to complex revision (removal) surgery and include:

Stryker hip attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are handling cases for patients with Stryker Rejuvenate, Stryker ABG II and Stryker Accolade who have suffered from any of the above symptoms. 

**Updated Information**

Stryker has begun settling some of the lawsuits. Each person who underwent a qualified revision surgery was entitled to a base payment of $300,000. For patients with bilateral revised implants, the base award was $600,000. These base awards are the highest of any hip settlement to date.

There are two important limits on calculating the amount of compensation you may receive however. First, these base awards were subject to limited deductions. For example, the amount was reduced for patients over 70 up to 20%. There were no reductions to this base payment for obesity, smoking, diabetes or other factors commonly seen in other hip implant settlements.

Second, because compensation is based on individual injury, how much compensation each individual can expect will depend solely upon his or her own circumstances while experiencing complications related to their Stryker hip.

Stryker hip claims lawyers at TheLawFirm.com have been handling defective medical device cases for over 16 years, and have successfully handled cases including, Fen/phen, Guidant defibrillator, Vioxx, Medtronic Lead wire, Prempro, and pelvic mesh. 

Let us put our years of experience to work helping you and your family.

If you or a loved one has suffered any symptoms after receiving a metal hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation. Our award-winning lawyers have set records in settlements and trials for obtaining fair compensation for our clients and can file a lawsuit on your behalf. Call now to speak with an experienced legal professional for free.

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