The attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy are currently investigating claims from individuals who underwent a full hip replacement and experienced device failure, ongoing pain, limited mobility, metal poisoning or had to undergo revision surgery.
If you received a Stryker hip replacement, including a Rejuvenate, ABG II or Accolade V40, you may benefit from speaking with our Cincinnati Stryker hip replacement lawyer. Even, if you are not sure which hip implant you received, we can help you identify the device you have. Contact our trusted team of defective medical device attorneys to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn more. We work only on a contingency and will not charge upfront fees for our services.
SIGNS OF A DEFECTIVE METAL-ON-METAL HIP REPLACEMENT
Although hip replacements are advertised to last for at least 15 years, many Stryker hip replacement products begin to wear down within a few years after surgery.
Many lawsuits have claimed that the design of these devices and the material used to create them can cause the devices to wear down prematurely. This can cause pieces of the device’s metal to affect the surrounding joints and tissue and enter the bloodstream.
The FDA warns that a device may not be not functioning properly if you experience the following symptoms three or more months after surgery:
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling at or near the hip joint
- A limp or change in your walking ability
- Noise from the hip joint, such as popping, clicking, squeaking or grinding
The FDA also warns patients to be aware of symptoms of metal poisoning, which can include:
- Impaired kidney function
- Thyroid problems, such as weight gain, fatigue, feeling cold or discomfort in the neck
- Depression or cognitive impairment
- Skin rashes
- Hearing or vision impairment
- Cardiomyopathy (weakened or enlarged heart muscle)
If you have experienced any of these symptoms after undergoing a hip replacement, you may be entitled to compensation through a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit in Cincinnati. Contact our skilled lawyers to learn more about your legal options. Even if you are unsure of the type of device you had implanted, we can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation.
STRYKER HIP REPLACEMENT RECALLS
Unlike other metal-on-metal hip replacement devices that have been the subject of several hip replacement lawsuits, Stryker products, including Rejuvenate and ABG II, do not contain the same controversial ball-and-socket component.
Instead, Stryker’s hip replacement devices are made of cobalt and chromium femoral heads that rub against the titanium coating of several stems and modular necks. The design has been marketed as longer lasting and providing more range of motion.
However, the design has led to fretting and corrosion that causes metal pieces to rub off the device and enter other parts of the body. This has caused many patients pain, swelling and tissue damage and led to a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements in 2012. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classified the recall as a Class II recall and determined the cause was defective design.
The defective design of the product caused harm to thousands of people who feared they would have to undergo revision surgery. Thousands of lawsuits were filed against Stryker alleging that the company was negligent in the design of the devices and failed to warn about the dangers of the product.
The company settled many claims in a billion-dollar settlement in 2014, but about 1,000 lawsuits remain.
STRYKER ACCOLADE V40
Like the recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II, Stryker’s Accolade V40, also known as the Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40, has faced similar problems with high failure rates and harm to patients. The friction between the neck piece and stem can produce metal debris, which can cause serious problems for patients.
Although Accolade V40 devices remain on the market, Stryker issued a limited voluntary recall in October 2016 warning doctors about the potential side effects of the femoral heads. It warned of potential:
- Disassociation of the femoral head from the hip stem
- Fractured hip stem
- Excessive metallic debris
- Loss of mobility
- Pain and inflammation
- Joint instability
- Loosening of the implant
If you had one of these defective medical devices implanted or are unsure of the type of hip replacement you have, contact our trusted attorneys in Cincinnati to find out if you have a case and can file a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit.
TYPES OF COMPENSATION AVAILABLE FROM A STRYKER HIP LAWSUIT
Filing a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit can provide valuable compensation that can help you cover the many costs associated with your defective hip implant. This could include:
- Past and future medical bills and surgery expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Other economic damages
The attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy believe in holding negligent corporations liable for the harm they cause to consumers and innocent patients. Our Cincinnati lawyers can help you do this through a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FILING A STRYKER HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUIT FROM OUR CINCINNATI ATTORNEYS
If you have experienced pain and discomfort, metal poisoning, or had to undergo revision surgery after having a hip replacement, you may have legal options. Do not wait to contact O’Connor, Acciani & Levy today to discuss your options for filing a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit in a free, no obligation consultation.
Our Cincinnati Stryker hip replacement lawyers work on a contingency fee basis and do not charge upfront for our services. We only get paid if we recover compensation for you.