June 24th, 2015|
In 2007, medical device manufacturer Stryker Corp. released a new metal-on-metal hip implant that could be used in hip replacement procedures. However, the design of the device cause the metal parts to suffer from “fretting”. This occurs when the metal parts of the hip implant come into contact and small fragments of the metal are ground off from the device. These metal fragments then come into contact with the body’s tissues, resulting in pain, swelling, device failure, and toxic levels of heavy metals like chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream.
These problems resulted in a massive Stryker hip recall that resulted in numerous lawsuits being filed against the manufacturer of the device. While billions of dollars have been paid by the company to settle a majority of these cases, many patients are continuing to experience device failures.
An article from The Baxter Bulletin discusses the tribulations one doctor and roughly one quarter of his patients have undergone as a result of faulty Stryker hip implants. He explains how the devices continue to fail and how many of his patients must undergo monitoring and testing to ensure the devices’ safety for the remainder of their lives.
The doctor goes on to urge anyone who is having problems with a Stryker hip replacement device to speak with a defective product lawyer immediately about potential compensation and the protection of legal rights. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our legal staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding the Stryker hip recall and how it affects you. Call us at (800) 477-7315 to speak with a member of our team.