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Local Nashville, Knoxville & Memphis medical malpractice attorneys stand up to defective hip replacement manufacturers on behalf of victims and their families

Hundreds of thousands of patients undergo hip implant surgery each year in the United States, seeking alleviation from pain caused by degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, fracture of the neck of the femur or functional deformity of the hip. Patients age 45 and older account for as much as 95 percent of these hip implant procedures.

Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common surgical operations in the country, and many involve metal-on-metal implants such as the Stryker hip system. While more advanced minimally invasive technology has helped dramatically reduce recovery time, artificial hip surgery still poses a danger to patients due to poorly designed and manufactured devices.

Beginning in 2012 and continuing on as recently as 2016, the FDA has issued major recalls for numerous Stryker metal-on metal hip systems that have been shown to cause severe pain, injury, and require serious revision surgery. These recalls have since sparked a flurry of mass torts and class action lawsuits filed against Stryker Corporation for injuries and damages caused by defective hip implants.


To date, the following Stryker modular hip systems have been connected to serious side effects and resulted in massive settlement payouts for injured patients:

  • Rejuvenate
  • ABG II
  • Accolade TMZF
  • Accolade 2
  • Citation TMZF stems
  • Meridian TMZF stems
  • LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Metal Heads

Video courtesy of Consumer Reports

If you or a loved one are concerned that you may have been be affected by one of the recalled hip systems listed above, we strongly urge you to first contact your surgeon to find out which device was implanted. Then, if it was indeed a Stryker device or one of the many other defective metal-on-metal implants, you should consult a personal injury law firm in your area who specializes in defective hip replacement cases.

 

Did you receive a Stryker hip implant that was recalled?

Tennessee attorneys at Gilreath & Associates help patients recover financially from defective metal-on-metal hip replacements by getting them the just compensation they deserve. Contact us or call our hip implant attorneys today toll free for a free consultation.

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Tennessee Hip Implant Lawyers On Your Side

From our law offices in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, experienced Gilreath attorneys, led by nationally recognized attorney Sid Gilreath, provide honest and knowledgeable legal counsel to those injured in Tennessee and throughout the Southeast. We're ready to help you if you've been implanted with a recalled hip implant.

Under the terms of the hip implant recall, Stryker agreed to reimburse patients for medical costs, including revision surgeries. However, plaintiffs may also qualify for lost wages, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages. We must hold greedy medical device manufacturers fully accountable for negligent actions that continue to endanger human lives.

- Sid Gilreath, Founder of Gilreath & Associates


Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit FAQs

A majority of patients understand that hip implants eventually wear out over time. The good news is that artificial hip joint implants should allow virtually pain-free activity for many years. According to research by orthopedic surgeons, 80% of implants last for 20 years or more.

However, the exact amount of time a hip replacement will last depends on each person's age, weight, level of physical activity, and individual body conditions as well as the type of device implanted. Talk to a medical professional to discuss the lifespan of a hip implant.

If you underwent hip replacement surgery, especially if the device was later recalled, you should watch closely for any signs and symptoms that indicate possible implant failure. Common problems associated with failing hip implant devices - including defective Stryker hip replacements - are listed below:

  • Blood clots in the legs and pelvic area
  • Pain and discomfort in hip and groin region, as well as the lower back or legs
  • Inflammation and swelling in the hip region
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Decreased flexibility, mobility, and range of motion
  • A creaking or squeaking noise in hip joint area
  • Sudden limp
  • Increased pain while performing weight-bearing or physical activities
  • Fatigue

We should note that not all patients experience these symptoms right away. It's important to visit your orthopedic doctor regularly to carefully monitor the condition of your implant. When done early, an X-ray can help examine the bone and device placement, but an MRI is often the best way to recognize the body damage that may be occurring before symptoms occur.

The metal-on-metal components in the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems have been shown to corrode and release toxic metal debris (cobalt and chromium) into the bloodstream, which damages the soft tissue surrounding the implant and can cause the device to fail. This metal toxicity, known as “metallosis,” can result in serious and even fatal conditions such as:

  • Cardiomyopathy - chronic disease of the heart muscle
  • Thyroid problems
  • Skin rashes
  • Kidney problems
  • Hearing and vision impairment

Other recalls due to Stryker hip replacement failures may cause:

  • Necrosis – death of surrounding bone and muscle tissue
  • Osteolysis – disintegration of tissue and bone
  • Bone fracture
  • Disassociation of femoral head from hip stem
  • Corrosion of the trunnion

On November 3, 2015, Stryker Corporation agreed to pay a $1.43 billion settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits regarding its defective Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. Overall, Stryker paid an estimated $2-2.2 billion to settle this first round of lawsuits - not including $232 million in insurance recoveries. The average amount paid for each defective hip implant was $600,000.

Similar class action cases against other medical device manufacturers have yielded in upwards of $8.3 million, with each individual plaintiff receiving up to $300,000.

Settlement amounts for individual defective Stryker hip implant lawsuits varies on a case-by-case basis. Consult with a knowledgeable attorney to find out exactly how much your case is worth.

The statute of limitations in each state determines how long plaintiffs have to file a product liability claim for defective medical devices such as faulty hip implants. In Tennessee, legal action must be brought within four years of the date the injury occurs.

It's critical that you consult a Tennessee Stryker hip implant lawyer as soon as possible to find out how the statute of limitations may affect your ability to file an injury claim and seek compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

Absolutely. In addition to the extensive medical costs associated with hip replacement revision surgery, patients suffering from a failing or defective hip implant typically require extensive rehabilitation, therapy, and experience many other negative impacts on their quality of life such as lost wages and mental anguish.

At Gilreath & Associates, our experienced hip replacement attorneys will represent you on an individual case basis, fighting to ensure you receive fair and just compensation from Stryker to cover your immediate and long-term financial needs as a result of the defective implant.

Contact us today to discuss your hip implant case.

In August 2016, Stryker Orthopedics issued a recall on its LFIT V40 Femoral Head commonly used in hip replacement surgeries. The seven defective catalog numbers recalled represented an estimated 45,000 devices. Stryker received a higher than expected number of femoral head/hip stem dissociations, and severe complications resulted from the LFIT V40 Head such as dislocation, pain, prosthetic fracturing, revision surgery required to alleviate danger, leg length discrepancy, loss of mobility, inflammation, and tissue damage.

This Femoral Head defect continues to pose a serious health risk to hip implant patients. As recently as May 22, 2018, Stryker updated its recall to include eight additional catalog numbers. The expanded recall is caused by a higher than expected number of complaints regarding femoral head/hip stem dissociation.

The V40 heads were used in numerous Stryker products, including:

If you or a loved one have suffered from a recalled Stryker implant, contact Gilreath & Associates to schedule your free consultation.

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