ABG II and Rejuvenate Hip Models
July 2012, Stryker Corporation issued a recall for both of their hip replacement models. The Stryker models are technically not considered as real metal-on-metal hip products. However, because of the metal component, metalloisis (metal poisoning) has been a side effect in hip implant patients causing them to need revision surgery. Experts believe that around 50% of the 20,000 plus implants could fail.
ABG II and Rejuvenate Hip Model side effects include,
- Impaired kidney function
- Thyroid problems, including weight gain, neck discomfort, fatigue and feeling cold
- Depressions, cognitive impairment or other psychological issues
- Skin rashes
- Hearing or vision impairments
- Cardiomyopathy, a condition which weakens and enlarges the heart muscle
Plaintiffs who filed lawsuits against Stryker for their hip implant products assert the company failed to adequately warn the public about potential complications. They also alleged a design defect in the product. Because most state product liability laws protect consumers from manufacturing and/or design defects, filed complaints claim Stryker was negligent in that it failed to adequately design the product to ensure they would not deteriorate inside the patients’ bodies.
Current lawsuits claim that Stryker:
- Misrepresented that the Stryker hip implant devices would not corrode despite evidence to the contrary.
- Used deceptive sales and marketing practices.
- Made false statements stating the implant devices were “safe alternative(s)” to other implant (metal on metal bearing) devices.
- Repeatedly failed to take action despite receiving reports the devices failed shortly after they were implanted.
- Failed to warn patients and doctors about the possibility of metallosis (heavy metal poisoning).
Statute of Limitations
Filing a lawsuit against the Stryker Hip Implants in most jurisdictions is two years after the first recall was announced, which puts the date at July 2014 for patients to file a claim.