Product Liability Update: MDL Considered in Stryker Hip Cases

Stryker Rejuvenate Product Liability Update: MDL Considered

In July 2012, approximately 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems were recalled. Stryker has stated that the voluntary recall was based on reports of increased risk of corrosion and "fretting," which can harm tissue and lead to pain and other complications

Recently, a motion was filed to centralize several federal court actions filed against Stryker's manufacturer, Howmedica Osteonics Corporation (d/b/a Stryker Orthopaedics) into a multi-district litigation (MDL). If approved by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), a single federal court would be designated to handle all of the related federal actions concerning this product. Similar "MDL's" have been established in other hip litigation including the DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip cases. Oral arguments before the JPML were held on May 30, 2013, and a decision has not yet been rendered.

The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant has been linked to several health complications, including metallosis. It was introduced into the market in 2010. Such concerns have also been raised in other brands of metal on metal hip prostheses, including the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant system. While most hip implants are designed to last up to 20 years, the Stryker device has been reported to malfunction much sooner. Symptoms of a defective metal on metal hip implant may include:

  • Hip, leg, groin or lower back pain
  • Swelling, inflammation or infection
  • Problems walking, standing or sitting
  • Fatigue or decline in physical ability
  • Audible clicking or crunching sound from the hip area
  • Elevated levels of metals in blood causing metallosis

Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents several persons who have been injured as a consequence of metal-on-metal prosthetic devices. To read more about our product liability practice, click here. If you have suffered injury or financial damage because of a problem with a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II metal hip implant system, it is important that you speak to an attorney to protect your rights. Contact our offices today for a free consultation.

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