October 7, 2015 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
When Stryker Corporations recalled two of their hip replacement products, it was bound to lead to not only concern, but also lawsuits from individuals who were suffering from pain and discomfort because of the devices.
With Stryker’s Rejuvenate Modular Hip System, the concern was warranted. The system was approved on June 3, 2008 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration just two months after it was initially submitted. Stryker utilized the 510(k) Clearance — which is now the subject of controversy — stating that the Rejuvenate system was similar to many of the other systems that were on the market at the time. This allowed Stryker to skip trials on volunteers and release their product into a market.
By February 2010, Stryker was marketing the Rejuvenate Modular Hip, and just two years and two months later, in April 2012, they made an announcement of an “Urgent Safety Alert.” Three months later, Stryker issued a voluntarily recall.
Since the recall, thousands of individuals have brought lawsuits alleging the Stryker hip replacement is the source of their pain and suffering. Many are still ongoing throughout the United States, and many are coming out of Birmingham, Alabama.
On November 3, 2014, Stryker announced a $1.43 billion settlement to resolve the thousands of hip replacement implant lawsuits they were facing. Another lawsuit filed in September of 2015 seeks to hold Stryker accountable for excessive levels of cobalt and chromium in their device. The plaintiff is seeking compensation for damages, attorney fees, and related costs.
If you or someone you love was the recipient of a Stryker hip replacement implant system and are now experiencing pain, discomfort, or any other condition as a result of a product failure, you may have the right to file a lawsuit. At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., our national trial lawyers have the extensive experience necessary to represent your best interests. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation.