Vermont of Limitations for Stryker Hip Lawsuits

By Andrew Sullo


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The Stryker Hip Recall—How Will It Affect You?
Although Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants debuted to high hopes for a safer, longer-lasting metal hip implant in February, 2010, those hopes were soon dashed as it appeared these two devices could bring serious health risks to consumers. The Stryker hip recall occurred less than three years later, in July, 2012. The Rejuvenate received FDA approval in June, 2008, and the ABGII in 2009, both under the umbrella of the controversial 510(k) approval process.

At the time of the release of the ABGII and Rejuvenate, Stryker claimed the new, innovative design of the two devices would make them not only safer than other metal-on-metal hip implants but much longer lasting than most all hip implants on the market. These claims failed to materialize, and, in fact, within months of implantation, many patients were experiencing serious, adverse side effects related to the Rejuvenate or ABGII. Unlike other all-metal hip devices, Stryker used a ceramic ball in these two new designs, and offered a variety of neck and stem components which allowed surgeons to custom-fit the hip implant to the individual patient, according to size, body type and level of activity.

After receiving over 300 adverse event reports between the release of the two Stryker implants and early 2012, Stryker issued an urgent field safety notification to hospitals and surgeons which noted both models had a higher-than-normal rate of failure and were prone to fretting and corrosion at the neck junction. This fretting and corrosion in turn caused the release of cobalt and chromium ions into the bloodstream and hip tissues. When the metal ions land in the hip tissues, symptoms of metallosis such as pain, inflammation, tissue and bone necrosis and hip failure can occur, and when the cobalt and chromium ions make their way to the bloodstream, the following serious health disorders can occur:

  • Renal failure
  • Thyroid issues
  • Cardiovascular, neurological and gastrointestinal disorders
  • Memory loss, vertigo, skin rashes, headaches
  • Irritability, anxiety, depression
  • Diminishment of vision and hearing
  • DNA disruption and the development of pseudo-tumors
  • Reproductive disorders

How the Vermont Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations May Affect Your Right to Recovery
Perhaps the most important issue you must consider now—aside from taking care of your health—is ensuring you do not exceed the Vermont Stryker hip statute of limitations which could prevent you from receiving compensation for your injuries. Every state operates under statutes of limitations however the amount of time will differ from state to state. The state of Vermont allows consumers three years from the date their injury occurs to file a lawsuit. This Vermont Stryker hip statute of limitations can best be explained to you by a qualified Vermont Stryker hip lawyer.

The statutes can be complex and are dependent upon a number of variables, therefore the only way to know for sure when your Vermont Stryker hip statute of limitations will run is to speak to a Vermont Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible. The Stryker hip recall has potentially affected thousands of consumers; over 20,000 devices were sold, and over 1,700 lawsuits are currently filed against Stryker with many more expected. Don’t let your window of opportunity expire: you are entitled to compensation for injuries received from a device you believed to be safe.

A Notice to Vermont Residents with Stryker Hip Implants

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

Burlington, Vermont

South Burlington, Vermont

Colchester, Vermont

Rutland, Vermont

Essex Junction, Vermont

Bennington, Vermont

Barre, Vermont

Williston, Vermont


 

DISCLAIMER

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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