Not only did Styker Orthopedics recently announce that it is recalling its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant Systems and discontinuing global production of the implant systems, but the company is also subject to several lawsuits as a results of its defective hip implants.
One such lawsuit was recently moved from a state court in Pennsylvania to the federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff in this case experienced pain and stiffness after receiving the Stryker Trident Acetabular Cup hip implant. The victim’s wife is also listed as a plaintiff in the case, and she alleges that her husband’s implant deprived her of his society, services, comfort and companionship.
The lawsuit was originally filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, but the court granted the defendant’s request to remove the case to federal court after finding that the case satisfied diversity of citizenship requirements and that the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.
As we recently reported, the Stryker hip implants were recalled due to risks of corrosion and fretting which can damage or injure surrounding tissues that may result in severe pain, inflammation, metal poisoning, tissue death, bone damage, pseudotumers, gait issues, and other serious problems. Patients may require a subsequent corrective surgery to remove and replace the recalled Stryker hip product.
Meanwhile, the first trial dates have been set for lawsuits against DePuy Orthopedics based on its defective ASR hip implants. The judge overseeing the thousands of cases pending against DePut set the first trial for May 6, 2012 and the second for July 8, 2013.
What to Do If You Have Received One of the Recalled Hip Implants
Patients who have received the recalled Styker hip implants should consult with their doctor immediately. If you are uncertain about whether you have one of the recalled products implant, you should also contact your doctor or consult your medical records. A patient call center has been established and patients can call (888) 317-0200 or visit www.AboutStryker.com/ModularNeckStems for additional information.
If you suspect that your hip implant system is causing medical problems, such as swelling or pain, you should see your doctor immediately. You may also wish to consult with a skilled hip implant attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, in a product liability or medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact the Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about the Stryker hip implant recall.