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Beware Of Promises of Quick Yaz Settlements

June 21, 2012 - The Maker of Yaz and Yasmin, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, has announced it has begun settling some of the approximately 11,000 Yaz lawsuits filed by women suffering severe side effects.

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Judge’s Ruling Allows More Time for Victims to Settle Their Yaz Lawsuit

June 6, 2012 – Those women who took the birth control drugs Yaz or Yasmin and suffered side effects are being alerted of a new court order which will allow more time for them to get a Yaz settlement.

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ABG II Hips May Pose Serious Problems

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Stryker Hip Lawsuit Alert

Expert Legal Help Available for Those Suffering Hip Implant Side Effects

Each year, more than 225,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery in the United States. Many of these are performed with popular brands such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II implant systems.

Like other metal-on-metal hip implant systems, the Stryker hip systems were marketed as a more durable alternative for active patients. Their interchangeable parts were also designed to provide for a more comfortable, custom implant fit. However, experts have now linked these defective hip implants to serious health concerns.

After the FDA received more than 60 reports of patients suffering serious side effects or requiring device removal from Rejuvenate or ABG II implants, Stryker issued an “Urgent Field Safety Notice” warning to doctors advising that metallic corrosion and fretting could cause metal shavings to enter patients’ tissues, bones and bloodstreams.

On July 6, 2012, Stryker Orthopedics issued a worldwide recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. Although they have advised victims to report to their doctors, they have not offered any compensation to those affected.

Due to the failure of Stryker to properly warn patients of the dangers and losses associated with their hip implant systems, they are liable for the damages caused.

If you or a loved one received a metal-on-metal hip implant such as the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer about your legal options.

 

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Reports Show Stryker Knew About Hip Dangers Prior to Recall

October 4, 2012 - When the recall of the popular Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants was announced on July 6, 2012, more than 20,000 patients who had received the devices since 2010 were affected.

Now, those who are seeking help for future medical costs are even more frustrated to learn that the company knew of the dangers of their hip devices for months or even years before the recall, but did little to warn patients.

In April of 2012, Stryker issued an “Urgent Field Safety Notice” to implant surgeons and hospital risk managers advising that the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants could experience corrosion and fretting from wear, sending tiny metal shards into patients’ tissues, bones and bloodstream.

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FDA Receives Flood of Complaints After Stryker Hip Implants Rushed to Market

September 28, 2012 - When the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices were released in 2010, they were heralded as an innovative design that would give implant patients a better, more natural fit, with a durable device life.

However, data from the FDA now suggests that these devices, which have since been recalled, were rushed to market to boost sales without proper testing or warnings to patients about the inherent risks.

Studies have shown that modern metal-on-metal hip implants can experience corrosion and fretting from wear between metal components, sending tiny metal shards into patients’ tissues, bones and bloodstream. With the four-part construction of the Stryker hips, the possibility for wear is heightened.

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Stryker Hip Health Risk

The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant system has been used in approximately 20,000 patients in the United States since it was introduced in February of 2010. Unfortunately, many of these now face health risks from the defective device.

The four-part Rejuvenate implant system used an interchangeable metal femoral stem, neck, ball, and acetabular cup which could be customized to fit each patient. However, the joining of these metal components also opens risk of movement and metal degradation.

In April of 2012, Stryker warned doctors that corrosion and fretting from the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants could release metallic shavings into area tissue, bones and the bloodstream. The toxic metals used in these hip implants include chromium, cobalt and titanium.

Researchers have increasingly warned that the release of metal shavings into body tissue or into the bloodstream can have potentially severe side effects.  Among these are allergic reactions, bone loss, soft tissue damage, vision or hearing problems or even tumors and cancer. Unfortunately, many of these side effects can take years to surface.

On July 6, 2012, Stryker Orthopedics issued a recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip implant systems and indicated that they would cease manufacture and sales of the devices worldwide. Although patients have been offered reimbursement for testing or removal, the company has not offered full compensation for metallic poisoning and its complications.

If you or a loved one received a Stryker hip implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. Contact us today.