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The Effects of the Stryker Hip Recall
The July, 2012 recall of the Stryker ABGII and Rejuvenate has affected potentially thousands of consumers. From February, 2010 to the time of the recall, Stryker sold over 20,000 of the devices. Currently, there are over 1,700 lawsuits filed against Stryker, with many more expected as the statutes of limitations grows near for some states. The Stryker hip recall came on the heels of an Urgent Field Safety Notification sent to surgeons and hospitals in April, 2012. This safety notice acknowledge metal toxicity could result from the two implants due to corrosion and wear at the neck junction.
Although Stryker claimed the design of the Rejuvenate and ABGII were much safer than other metal-on-metal hip implants, due to the use of a ceramic, rather than metal ball, adverse event reports began coming in to the FDA within a few short months of the release of the two devices. Symptoms of metallosis and metal toxicity among patients were being reported, and surgeons who removed the defective devices were seeing evidence of corrosion resembling black rust. When the tiny metal shards entered the hip tissues, inflammation, destruction of tissue and bone, pain and total hip failure were common results. Cobalt and chromium ions in the bloodstream can cause such symptoms as:
- Gastrointestinal, renal and thyroid disorders
- Neurological disorders including memory loss
- Cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke
- Reproductive disorders
- Diminishment or total loss of hearing and vision
- Depression, anxiety, irritability
- The development of pseudo-tumors
- DNA changes
How Will You Be Affected By the North Dakota Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations?
All states operate under statutes of limitations which define a specific length of time consumers have to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product. The statutes vary from state to state, ranging from one year to ten years.
The North Dakota Stryker hip statute of limitations allows ten years from the date of the initial purchase, or eleven years from the date of manufacture in which to file civil action.
While North Dakota does have one of the longer statutes, there are a number of variables involved, making it particularly important that you contact a North Dakota Stryker hip lawyer to discuss a potential North Dakota Stryker hip lawsuit.
Don’t simply assume that you have plenty of time—this may or may not be true. More importantly, don’t assume that if you have not yet experienced problems related to the Stryker hip recall that you don’t need to worry about it any further. The failure rates of the Rejuvenate and ABGII are very high; depending on which research you rely on, the failure rate could be as high as 65%.
In short, the only way to know for sure when your window of opportunity will close, is to speak to an experienced North Dakota Stryker hip lawyer.
If you have suffered harm as a result of the Stryker hip recall, filing a North Dakota Stryker hip lawsuit could be the only way to recoup your medical expenses—which could be considerable if you were forced to have revision surgery. Don’t wait—call a knowledgeable North Dakota Stryker hip lawyer today.