Patients Injured from the Stryker Orthopaedics Hip Implant Systems Want to Move Lawsuits to Federal Court

Thursday, April 4, 2013

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Carole C. Schriefer, R.N., J.D., The Health Law Firm

Stryker Orthopaedics is already facing more than 80 lawsuits from patients alleging injuries due to the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems. As that number grows, plaintiffs are requesting that the cases be moved to a central federal court.

You may remember, in July 2012, Stryker issued a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. (Click here to see the press release from Stryker.) The company is currently sending out letters to surgeons urging them to perform clinical exams, such as blood work and cross sectional imaging, on patients who had implants installed. (Click here to read a letter from Stryker to a surgeon.) These patient exams and replacement surgeries have been overwhelming for orthopaedic surgeons, according to an article in The Palm Beach Post.


Plaintiffs Ask for Lawsuits to be Moved.

Currently more than 80 lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics have been consolidated into multicounty litigation (MCL) in the Superior Court in New Jersey. According to a press release from DrugRisks on April 3, 2013, it was reported that plaintiffs asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate the growing number of Stryker lawsuits to a federal court in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

To read the press release from DrugRisks, click here.


Orthopaedic Surgeons Inundated with Removing Recalled Stryker Hip Implants.

A Florida surgeon recently revealed to The Palm Beach Post that recently most of his days are spent removing Stryker hip implants. In the article the surgeon says he has performed 100 revision surgeries and expects to perform at least 100 more.

Click here to read the entire article from The Palm Beach Post.

More than 30,000 Stryker hip implant systems have been installed worldwide, 20,000 of those were in the U.S. Stryker has predicted its liability could cost the company between $190 million and $390 million.


Australia Spotted the Problem First.

The Stryker hip implant systems were supposed to be a major advancement in the industry. However, soon after hip replacement surgeries, patients suffered muscle, nerve and bone damage as the metallic components of the device rubbed against each other, causing metallic elements to be released into the body and absorbed into the bloodstream and body tissue.

In Australia, Sweden and Great Britain, medical devices, such as the Stryker hip implant systems, are monitored in mandatory national registries. This allows failures to be pinpointed quickly. The Australian registry first noticed the high failure rate in the Stryker hip implant systems. Unfortunately, the U.S. does not have any such mandatory registry, yet.


Hip Implant Patients Talk to an Attorney Before Speaking to Stryker or Broadspire.
 
Warning, if you or a family member has suffered complications due to a Stryker hip implant, contact an experienced health law attorney. Before you talk to the manufacturer of the defective product, or the manufacturer’s representative (usually Broadspire), contact us for information.


Contact an Attorney Experienced in Products Liability Litigation.
 
Although The Health Law Firm represents predominantly physicians and other health care providers, we are involved in products liability litigation. At the request of our clients, we have agreed to take on and prosecute a number of hip implant cases against their manufacturers for the patients. We currently are representing several plaintiff patients with DePuy hip implants and several plaintiff patients with Stryker hip implants.

We are able to combine our knowledge of the health care industry with our litigation experience for the benefit of patients. If you received a DePuy or Stryker hip replacement and have experienced pain, swelling, high levels of metal in your blood, a corrective revision surgery, or other complications, we may be able to help you. To learn more about your legal rights, contact The Health Law Firm for a consultation today.

To contact The Health Law Firm please call (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.


Comments?

Are you an orthopedic surgeon inundated with hip and knee revision surgeries? Or have you experienced complications for a hip implant? Please leave thoughtful comments below.


Sources:

Singer, Stacey. “Boynton Beach Orthopedic Surgeon Removes Recalled Artificial Hips; ‘This is Really Wearing Us Down.’” The Palm Beach Post. (March 30, 2013). From: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/lifestyles/health/boynton-beach-orthopedic-surgeon-removes-recalled-/nW74k/

DrugRisks. “DrugRisks Stryker Recall Update: Company Warns Investors as Patients Alleging Injury Ask to Send Lawsuits to Federal Court.” Digital Journal. (April 3, 2013). From: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1164083


About the Authors: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone:  (407) 331-6620.
 
Carole C. Schriefer is an attorney with The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714, Phone:  (407) 331-6620.


Tag Words: Stryker, Sktryker Orthopaedic, Stryker hip implant, recall, Stryker recall, Stryker lawsuits, Rejuvenate, ABG II modular-neck stems, DePuy, DePuy hip implant, DePuy recall, DePuy lawsuits, orthopaedic surgeon, artificial hip implant, hip implant lawsuit, hip implant recipient, Broadspire, Broadspire Services, Inc., Food and Drug Administration (FDA), products liability, products liability cases, products liability litigation, metal-on-metal hip implants, dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants, defense attorney, defense lawyer, lawsuits, mass-tort cases, multicounty litigation (MCL), health lawyer, health care attorney


 


The Health Law Firm" is a registered fictitious business name of George F. Indest III, P.A. - The Health Law Firm, a Florida professional service corporation, since 1999.
Copyright © 1996-2012 The Health Law Firm. All rights reserved.

4/4/2013

Like this blog? Add your public comments:

Items in bold indicate required information.