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.
Studies have shown that the titanium, cobalt and chromium shavings released into the body can cause severe side effects such as allergic reactions, bone loss, soft tissue damage, vision or hearing problems or even tumors and cancer.Unfortunately, many of these take years to surface.
Since Stryker did not recall their hip implants until several months later, additional patients were put at risk by the delay. Experts also point out that the company used a fast-track FDA approval process that ignored proper testing and warnings.
As part of the recall, Stryker has stated it will stop producing and selling the dangerous hip implants. However, they have not offered any help or compensation to victims for the necessary removal of the devices or for future medical treatment.
Attorneys who specialize in defective medical devices believe Stryker will be liable to those affected, even if they have yet to experience symptoms. These same attorneys are available to discuss your case today.
If you or someone you love received a Stryker hip implant, contact us today to speak with an attorney about your legal options.