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The Virginia Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations and How They May Affect You
Following the Stryker hip recall in July, 2012, many recipients of a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII hip implant became dismayed and anxious about their health and their future. Perhaps you were one of the patients implanted with one of these devices; over 20,000 were sold between their release in February, 2010 and the time of the recall. One of the primary considerations for you at this point—aside from taking care of your health—is ensuring you do not exceed the Virginia Stryker hip statute of limitations, relinquishing your right to recover compensation for your injuries. While the statutes from state-to-state vary from a low of one year to a high of ten years,
Virginia requires action to be brought within two years of the date of the injury.
Depending on when your injury was discovered, the statutes in your case could be drawing near, however it is extremely important that you contact an experienced Virginia Stryker hip lawyer and discuss your specific circumstances. You may be entitled to file a Virginia Stryker hip lawsuit to recover your medical expenses as well as compensation for pain and suffering, however
the only way to know for sure is to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia Stryker hip lawyer.
If the Stryker hip recall has left you injured and wondering about your future, a Virginia Stryker hip lawyer can help.
Why Was the Stryker Hip Recall Issued?
Stryker sent out an Urgent Field Safety Notification to doctors and hospitals just months before the Stryker hip recall, advising that the ABGII and Rejuvenate appeared to have a higher-than-normal rate of failure and were prone to fretting and corrosion at the neck junction. Once corrosion occurs, cobalt and chromium ions can be released into the bloodstream and the hip tissues. When metal ions burrow into hip tissues, patients can experience symptoms of metallosis (acute pain, inflammation, degradation of hip tissue and bone and total hip failure)
As metal ions continue to accumulate in the hip region, the metallosis will increase in severity and the patient could be forced to undergo risky and expensive Stryker revision surgery. When cobalt and chromium ions enter the bloodstream, patients may experience serious symptoms of metal toxicity. While some patients appear to have a higher sensitivity to heavy metals, there really are no “safe” levels of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream. Symptoms of metal toxicity include:
- Hypothyroidism (considered by some experts to be the most sensitive indicator of cobalt toxicity)
- Fatigue and poor concentration
- Renal disorders and renal failure
- Cardiovascular issues such as stroke and heart attack and changes in echocardiogram readings
- Neurological issues such as hearing loss, visual impairment, vertigo, headaches, decline of cognitive functions, depression, anxiety, irritability
- Changes to nails and skin, including severe skin rashes
- Atrophy of muscles
- Seizures, convulsions, tremors
- Reproductive disorders
- DNA changes
- The development of pseudo-tumors
How a Virginia Stryker Hip Lawyer Can Help
If you are one of the many consumers harmed by a defective Stryker hip implant, it is important that you speak to a knowledgeable Virginia Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible. Exceeding the Virginia Stryker hip statute of limitations could leave you injured, with no way to recover.