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Have You Been Harmed by the Stryker Hip Recall?
After releasing the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants to great fanfare in February, 2010, the company was forced to issue a Stryker hip recall in July, 2012, less than three years later. During that short period of time, over 20,000 of the devices were sold, and there are currently over 1,700 Stryker hip lawsuits filed, with many more expected as the statutes of limitations grow close in many states. In the lawsuits already filed, plaintiffs allege the following against Stryker:
Negligence in the design of the two devices as the company failed to ensure there would be minimal corrosion
Deceptive sales and marketing practices (Stryker claimed the ABGII and Rejuvenate would last much longer and be much safer than other metal-on-metal hip implants)
Little testing regarding patient safety was conducted before the two hip implants were released
Failure to act on reports of early failure
The design of the Rejuvenate and ABGII were based on the Wright Profemur—another poorly designed device currently involved in patient litigation
Failure to warn patients and surgeons of the potential of the two devices to cause heavy metal poisoning
Just months after the release of the ABGII and Rejuvenate, patients and surgeons were submitting adverse event reports to the FDA. Some patients experienced symptoms of metallosis or metal poisoning, and surgeons who removed the devices from their patients noted clear evidence of corrosion on the removed implant. More than one surgeon likened the appearance of the corrosion to “black rust.” In short, the two hip implants with the innovative design which were expected to offer a much safer, longer-lasting alternative to other hip implants, turned out to be just as risky—or in some cases even more dangerous—than other implants.
Will the Wisconsin Stryker Hip Statute of Limitations Affect Your Right to Recovery?
Every state operates under statutes of limitations; these statutes govern the amount of time plaintiffs have to file suit against the manufacturer of a defective product.
In the state of Wisconsin, actions must be brought within three years of the date the injury occurs.
Perhaps you discovered your injury shortly after implantation, perhaps it took longer for you to experience problems with your Stryker hip implant, or maybe you have not yet experienced any problems related to your recalled Stryker hip implant. Whatever your situation, the statutes are running, and it is imperative that you speak to a knowledgeable Wisconsin Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible.
Your first priority must, of course, be your health, then you must discuss your future with your Wisconsin Stryker hip lawyer. You may be entitled to bring a Wisconsin Stryker hip lawsuit in order to recover damages from your defective Stryker hip implant, including medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering.
The only way to know for sure when your Wisconsin Stryker hip statute of limitations will run is to consult an experienced Wisconsin Stryker hip lawyer.
. Don’t lose your right to file a Wisconsin Stryker hip lawsuit and be left with no recourse and an uncertain future.