Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC: A Legacy of Legal Innovation
Metal-on-metal hip replacements have been the subject of much litigation in the past few years, and for good reason. Stryker issued a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices in summer of 2012. The company reported that the devices posed "potential risks associated with modular-neck stems" that could result in pain, swelling, tissue reactions, and premature hip implant failure. Since the recall, many patients attempting to recover damages for their injuries have filed Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits. Stryker responded to the increased litigation in October 2013 stating that it may spend between $700 million to $1.13 billion to settle the suits. Moreover, just recently Stryker agreed to settle four hip replacement lawsuits in New Jersey. The settlement terms were not disclosed. Moreover, metal-on-metal hip implants have received negative attention from more than just aggrieved users. The FDA issued an updated safety communication regarding the devices in January 2013. The FDA stated that although the devices were thought to be more durable since they contained all metal components, new studies revealed that the devices are likely to result in problems like metallosis, immobility, and premature loosening. Furthermore, while all hip implants carry risks, the metal-on-metal hip implants present risks beyond those that are present in all hip implants. Specifically, the metal ball and cup can rub together during walking, potentially causing metal particles to pierce the tissue surrounding the joint. A situation such as this can cause inflammation, swelling, pseudotumors and bone loss. Moreover, over time the implant can loosen in the joint socket, requiring painful and risky revision surgery.
Safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have utilized an unsafe medical device and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a device that is later found to be unsafe.
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