Number of Lawsuits Involving Defective Hip Implants Increasing Nationwide - McGartland Law Firm, PLLC

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The McGartland Law Firm announced today that it is now accepting cases involving patients who were injured as a result of defective hip implants, specifically either the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants manufactured by Stryker Orthopedics.

The McGartland Law Firm announced today that it is now accepting cases involving patients who alleged that they were injured as a result of either the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants that were manufactured by Stryker Orthopaedics. These defective hip implants proved to be very problematic for patients impacted by their failure.

There are thousands of lawsuits being filed nationwide; as of September 10, 2014, 2,097 of them were pending in Bergen County Superior Court in New Jersey alone (1). Plaintiffs allege they have suffered from adverse reactions due to corrosion of these devices. In numerous patients, these instances have required additional surgical revision procedures to be performed to remedy the damage of these defective hip implants.

As a result of numerous complaints filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2), Stryker announced a voluntary recall on July 6, 2012 due to a high occurrence of corrosion and fretting near the neck junction of both the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices. The recall was issued after it was discovered that the implants were leeching cobalt and chromium, materials that can lead to metallosis, also referred to as metal poisoning. Other health problems reported by patients who had these defective hip implant devices implanted include:

  • Deterioration of bones around the hip implant
  • Swelling of tissues in and around the hip
  • Severe pain
  • Corrosion and fretting resulting in blood poisoning or 'metallosis'
  • Necrosis - Premature decay of tissue
  • The need for revision surgery as a result of the failed Stryker Hip Implant

Prior to the 2012 recall, about 20,000 implants had been worldwide. Even though the implants were failing at a high rate, the company informed doctors in promotional materials that testing had shown that the devices did not present a risk for corrosion and fretting (4). Many lawsuits against Stryker allege that the manufacturer negligently designed, manufactured and sold the devices, and also failed to properly warn doctors and patients of potential health issues.

In addition to the Stryker hip implant recall lawsuits being heard in New Jersey, more than 1,700 others have been filed in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, No. 244) Stryker settled four hip implant suits in December of 2013 (4). However, the amounts were not disclosed. Stryker has recommended that patients fitted with these implants get medical screening, whether or not they have suffered health issues that signify a problem has occurred.

“Our attorneys are ready to help anyone who has alleged they've encountered problems after the use of the ABG II and Rejuvenate hip implants,” said Michael McGartland, managing shareholder of The McGartland Law Firm. “We will work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to protect their rights and hold Stryker accountable for its negligence in manufacturing these defective hip implant devices.”

Those suffering from health problems due to the failed implantation of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants may be able to pursue legal action. An attorney with The McGartland Law Firm can explain all options available and advise as to whether there may be a potential claim. Please call (866) 832-9300 or visit our website at http://www.McGartland.com to learn more. All defective hip implant cases handled by the McGartland Law Firm are carefully handled with the highest degree of legal expertise, The McGartland Law Firm will make sure that the effort necessary to help those injured by these devices are able to obtain the maximum compensation possible for any injuries they have sustained.

It is extremely important that those injured by this defective Stryker hip implant device speak with an experienced attorney first. This is especially true in the instances where a Stryker representative has contacted those affected to offer compensation. Injured patients should never agree to any sort of offer until a lawyer has advised them as to their rights and all of their available options. Please do not sign any sort of document presented by the manufacturer, because that could preclude those injured individuals from obtaining compensation for any future medical expenses associated with the implantation.

About The McGartland Law Firm:

The McGartland Law Firm is a personal injury litigation law firm representing individuals who have been injured by the negligence of others. The McGartland Law Firm represents people. The firm has a well-earned reputation for providing aggressive & high quality representation. The McGartland Law Firm team are specialists in this specialty area of legal practice, allowing the firm to represent all retained clients with the highest degree of legal representation. The McGartland Law Firm has enjoyed great success representing the injured over the years in areas such as Mass Tort Litigation, which includes Defective Pharmaceutical Drugs and Defective Medical Devices. Additionally, our firm has represented clients in injury cases relating to Commercial Trucking Accidents, Catastrophic Personal Injury as a result of environmental contamination and many other areas of complex injury law.

The McGartland Law Firm has focused its practice solely on the representation of plaintiffs involved in Mass Tort Litigation, which includes Defective Pharmaceutical Drugs and Defective Medical Devices. Additionally, our firm has represented clients in injury cases relating to Catastrophic Personal Injury as a result of environmental contamination and many other areas of complex injury law.

Lawsuits are difficult and everyone’s needs and circumstances are different, but in each case, the practice is guided by a deep sense of integrity, a compassion for each clients’ loss, and a passion for the best solution and settlement possible for every client.

Call the McGartland Law Firm today for a free case evaluation at (866) 832-9300 or visit http://www.McGartland.com

The McGartland Law Firm, PLLC

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1300 South University Dr., Suite 500
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 866-832-9300
Fax: 817.332.9301
Email: mike@mcgartland.com
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Watch the McGartland Law Firm Informational Video On Defective Stryker Hip Implant Injuries on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHiGRBp_i_s

Source Data:

(1) Cases Filed in Bergen County Superior Court, New Jersey
IN RE: STRYKER LITIGATION CASE LIST MASTER DOCKET: BER-L-936-13 - Information accessed via
https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/mass-tort/abgstryker/caselist.pdf

(2) U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2012, July 6). Stryker Initiates Voluntary Product Recall of Modular-Neck Stems Action Specific to Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stems - Information acquired at http://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm311043.htm

(3) The Record - Stryker Corp. settles first batch of hip-implant lawsuits - Information Acquired at - http://www.northjersey.com/news/first-settlements-made-in-mass-of-lawsuits-against-mahwah-based-manufacturer-for-defective-hip-implants-1.650852#sthash.bztct0QT.dpuf

(4) DrugWatch.com - Stryker Corp. and Stryker Orthopaedics - Accessed on 10/22/2014 at http://www.drugwatch.com/manufacturer/stryker-orthopaedics/

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