The lawyers at our firm appreciate that even a single act of misconduct can affect hundreds or even thousands of people. That is because we live in an interconnected society where the ramifications of an incident are rarely isolated. The potential for expansive harm is perhaps most acute in situations related to product liability and mass produced materials. Of course anything from toys to window blinds can pose unnecessarily high risks of danger. Because of the mass use of those products, even one faulty error can have significant consequences.
The same is true for products like medical devices. If those devices are not manufactured or designed appropriately, then hundreds or thousands of medical patients might be harmed. These risks are well known, which is why these medical device manufacturers and designers are held to reasonable standards of conduct. They cannot make products that pose high risks of harm to patients. Unfortunately, sometimes those standards are not followed, and serious harm results.
Stryker Hip Recall
One of the larger recent examples of that is the recall of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. Before the July recall it is estimated that 20,000 patients had hip replacement surgeries where these products were used. The main problem with these devices was the risks posed by the metal in the replacement. Studies have shown that the metal has a high risk of corrosion. Of course, corroding metal inside one’s body is not a welcome thought–the medical complications that may arise as a result are varied. When metallic particles seep into the bloodstream or tissue around the hip, problems often develop. In some cases patients developed metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and at other times the hip replacement system itself fails to work.
All of this means that not only do patients have to endure painful side-effects, but revision surgery is often needed. These revision surgeries are risky and themselves may lead to damaging side-effects. The bottom line is that these defective Stryker hip implants have harmed many patients unnecessarily–including those in our area.
Stryker Hip Lawsuits
The attorneys at our firm are investing this issue and are helping those throughout Illinois who may have been harmed in various ways after receiving one of these Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to various reports, several lawsuits are begining to roll in from different parts of the country related to this recall.
One key issue likely to come up in many of these cases is the knowledge that the company might have had about the dangers of the product as it was selling them to medical professionals for use in hip replacement operations. Some have indicated that the company received data about the corrosion risks of the metal used in the product. Thus far the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received at least 60 complaints to that affect. In fact a study from late this Spring found that the cobalt and chromium used in the products likely raised the risk of reaction to surrounding tissues. Nineteen hip stems were used in that study–only one showed no sign of corrosion.
It is becoming increasingly clear that those affected by this Stryker hip recall should reach out to lawyers to ensure their rights are respected and they have access to the resources they need to recover.
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