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North Dakota Statute of Limitations for Stryker Hip Lawsuits

By Andrew Sullo

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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
  • Vertigo
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability
  • The development of pseudo-tumors
  • DNA changes
  • Headaches

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.

A Notice to North Dakota Residents with Stryker Hip Implants

Residents of the following locales in North Dakota who were implanted with a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABGII hip implant are encouraged to contact a North Dakota Stryker Hip Lawyer:

Fargo, North Dakota

Bismarck, North Dakota

Grand Folks, North Dakota

Minot, North Dakota

West Fargo, North Dakota

Mandan, North Dakota

Dickinson, North Dakota

Jamestown, North Dakota



Statutes of Limitations limit the amount of time that an individual has to file a lawsuit, and not only vary from state to state, but also vary by cause of action. The information provided above and in the state-specific pages in this section is meant as a general guide, and is for informational purposes only. Each client’s case is unique, and the specific circumstances of any individual case can have significant bearing on the applicable statute of limitations. Any person who believes they may have a viable cause of action is strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney about the statute of limitations for his or her case.

Attorney Andrew Sullo is licensed to practice law in Texas, and can prosecute cases that are part of a federal multi-district litigation. Andrew Sullo does not practice law in any other state, and is not certified by the Boards of Legal Specialization in any state. Not all states have board certifications. This information is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Texas. Our firm is not accepting cases in any state where it would be impermissible for it to do so. Sullo & Sullo, LLP maintains its principal office in Houston, Texas.

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