The Rottenstein Law Group Advises Caution Before Calling Stryker Hip Replacement Recall “Care Line”

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The Rottenstein Law Group cautions recipients of two recalled Stryker-manufactured replacement hip devices to speak to a lawyer before calling Stryker’s “care line,” because any information provided to Stryker could be used by Stryker to avoid responsibility for the harms caused by the device.

Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group.

Recipients of the Stryker Rejuvenate who believe they have been injured by the device should call an attorney before signing away any legal rights.

The Rottenstein Law Group urges recipients of the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices to think twice before calling the Stryker hip replacement recall “care line.”

Stryker, maker of the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II hip replacement systems recalled in July 2012, has announced it teamed up with third-party claims company Broadspire to address and manage medical claims and out-of-pocket costs against the company.

Though through the recall Stryker seems to be accepting responsibility for the defective medical device, a call to Broadspire could jeopardize a patient’s potential claim against Stryker in court, said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group.

“Victims of Stryker’s malfeasance might find their communication with the help line used against them in court,” Rottenstein said. “Recipients of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II who believe they have been injured by the devices should call an attorney before signing away any legal rights.”

Stryker is not the first hip replacement company to use Broadspire as a claims agent. Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy contracted with Broadspire for its ASR recall in 2010. According to an Aug. 22, 2011, Bloomberg report, the move prompted debate. Some industry experts saw hiring Broadspire as a way for J&J to limit payments while gaining access to medical records and other literature that could be used against patients in court.

Even more appalling to experts, according to the story, was that patients who filed a claim were evaluated by Broadspire’s DePuy-paid doctors and not the patients’ own physicians.

The Rottenstein Law Group maintains a Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Center at to provide patients with information about Stryker recalls and options for those who believe they have been injured by the Stryker devices.

Stryker recalled the two devices amid reports of their serious side effects. Modular necks on those devices are prone to fretting and corrosion, which can cause a patient’s tissue around the implant to swell and become painful. There is also the risk of metallosis, a dangerous metal toxicity in the body that arises when the metal-on-metal Stryker device’s components rub together, creating metal flakes that enter the bloodstream. The result can range from the diminishing of mental faculties to negative effects on the nervous, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems.

The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based firm that represents clients nationwide in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective medical devices. (Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

The Rottenstein Law Group, LLP
Rochelle Rottenstein, Esq.
321 W. 44th Street
# 804
New York NY 10036
(212) 933-9500 (office phone)
(212) 933-9980 (facsimile)
rochelle (at) rotlaw (dot) com

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