We currently represent a Florida woman in her claim against the Stryker Corporation for medical complications with her hip replacement device. The claimant is 71 years old and underwent hip replacement surgery in 2011. She hired our Miami hip implant claims lawyers after she began to experience problems with her Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant device.
On July 6, 2012, Stryker voluntary recalled two artificial hip implant systems, the Rejuvenate and ABG II. These two devices are made using a modular-neck hip stems. The necks are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are coated with titanium. Unfortunately, the metal parts grind against each other shedding metallic particles into soft tissue of the body. This is the same complications that people had with the metal-on-metal ball-and-socket designs made by De Puy.
High levels of cobalt have been reported in our client’s blood tests. Metal poisoning can cause damage to the lymph nodes, vital organs, nerve damage and cardiac problems. For our client she will now have to undergo an implant replacement surgery.
4 Things Every Hip Implant Claimant Needs to Know:
1. Do not sign any papers with the manufacturer or their claims rep without having it reviewed by an experienced Stryker recall lawyer.
2. Do not surrender evidence. Your medical records, x-rays, MRIs, blood tests and the device itself are all evidence in your claim. Do not surrender them to the manufacturer without consulting a hip implant attorney.
3. Get a second opinion from another orthopedic surgeon. Doctors who have implanted patients with hip implants might be concerned you will sue them too. We suggest you get an independent medical evaluation for another Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon to determine the best course of medical treatment.
4. Do not wait. Most legal claims do not improve over time. And some have very strict time limits for filing claims. If you believe you have a hip device that needs to be replaced or removed seek immediate medical and legal consultations.
Our Florida hip injury class action law firm was one of the first in the country to sue Johnson and Johnson for its defective Pinnacle Hip Implant Device. We are now aggressively investigating claims against Stryker. Contact our office for a consultation regarding your potential claim and compensation.