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Could You Be Affected By the Kansas Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations?
Following the Stryker hip recall of July, 2012, many recipients of the Rejuvenate or ABGII found themselves injured by the defective hip implant devices. If you are a Kansas resident, harmed by a Stryker hip implant, it is important that you fully understand the statutes related to your recalled hip implant. While the time limit differs from state to state, many states have a two-year statute and Kansas is no exception. The Kansas Stryker hip statute of limitations allows two years from the date your injury occurred, however this window of time can be affected by a number of factors.
It is important that you speak to a knowledgeable Kansas Stryker hip lawyer whether you have yet experienced problems from your hip implant or not. Because a large number of the recalled Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants could end up causing problems for the recipients, speaking to an attorney regarding whether you should file a Kansas Stryker hip lawsuit can be especially crucial. In short, it is virtually impossible to know whether your window of opportunity is drawing to a close without discussing your Stryker hip implant with a knowledgeable Kansas Stryker hip lawyer.
Lawsuits Associated with the Stryker Hip Recall
Thus far, over 1,700 consumers have filed suit against Stryker, alleging a number of things such as:
- Stryker exhibited negligence in the Rejuvenate and ABGII design by not ensuring there would be minimal amounts of corrosion and by failing to ensure the taper neck junction would fit as expected.
- Stryker exhibited deceptive sales and marketing practices through claims that the devices would not corrode or fret, by claiming the devices were a good fit for younger, more active patients and would last longer and by claiming the devices were safer alternatives to metal-on-metal bearing devices.
- Stryker exhibited a failure to warn patients that the Rejuvenate and ABGII could potentially cause heavy metal poisoning, and exhibited a failure to act on reports of early device failure.
- Stryker continued to sell the Rejuvenate and ABGII devices even after being made aware that the titanium stem interacted negatively with the cobalt and chromium neck component.
Adverse Health Issues Associated With the Stryker Hip Recall
There are a number of serious health problems recipients of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implant devices could experience. Tiny metal ions may shear away from the device during periods of activity, traveling to the bloodstream or stopping in the nearby hip tissue. Cobalt and chromium ions in the bloodstream can lead to:
· The development of pseudo-tumors
· Irritability, anxiety, depression
· Memory loss
· Disruption of DNA
· Loss of hearing and vision
· Gastrointestinal disorders
· Neurological and cardiovascular disorders
· Renal and thyroid issues
· Reproductive disorders
Cobalt and chromium ions in the hip tissues can lead to inflammation and pain as well as deterioration of the hip tissues and bone. In some cases the bone can deteriorate to the point the hip implant will experience total failure, leading to the patient being forced to undergo hip revision surgery, which is both expensive and considered riskier than the original surgery.
A Kansas Stryker hip lawyer will thoroughly assess the circumstances surrounding your hip implant and clearly explain your options regarding a Kansas Stryker hip lawsuit. Don’t let the Kansas Stryker hip statute of limitations prevent you from recovering an equitable settlement which can help pay your medical expenses as well as compensate you for your injuries.