July 16, 2014 (New York, NY) — Wendy Fleishman and Lexi Hazam, of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced today that over the past month 20 hip replacement patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed personal injury lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics. These suits charge that the company manufactured and sold defective artificial hip implants known as the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip implants. The patients hail from across the nation, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
In June 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate hip implant, along with the ABG II Modular Neck hip implant, due to fretting and/or corrosion in the implants which can release metal debris in in and around the hip. The metal debris causes many patients to suffer significant pain and discomfort from a condition called metallosis, characterized by elevated blood metal levels and fluid buildup and swollen or damaged tissue in the hip, ultimately requiring revision surgery to remove and replace the faulty Stryker hip.
Stryker marketed the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems as being the “next generation” and “latest evolution” in their hip replacement product lines. Stryker began selling the Rejuvenate hip system in 2009 and the ABG II hip system in 2010. The neck pieces in the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II implants are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are made of a titanium alloy, creating a metal-on-metal junction.
“Stryker conducted no clinical testing on the safety and effectiveness of either of these devices in hip replacement patients prior to introducing the devices to the market, even though corrosion and metallosis had been noted in the medical literature as problems associated with artificial joints manufactured with chromium, cobalt, and titanium,” stated Fleishman.
Legal Resources for Stryker Hip Patients
If you or a family member have experienced problems with a Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System or a Stryker ABG II Modular Hip System replacement implant, or have been told your implant should be replaced, please contact Lieff Cabraser. Or you may call us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Lexi J. Hazam.
We welcome the opportunity to review your claim. We will respond promptly and there is no charge or obligation on your part for our evaluation of your case.
Attorney Lexi Hazam Provides an Update on the Stryker Hip Injury Lawsuits
About Lieff Cabraser
Recognized as “one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs’ firms” by The American Lawyer, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a sixty-plus attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville. Our firm has successfully represented thousands of patients across America in individual lawsuits due to the injuries they suffered from defective medical devices, including artificial hip implants. Best Lawyers and U.S. News named Lieff Cabraser as their 2014 “Law Firm of the Year” for representing plaintiffs in class actions and mass torts.