Do you need a Stryker Hip Lawsuit Lawyer? This manufacturer has already had two recalled products, the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. Now one of our personal injury attorneys at Schneider Hammers will look into whether another Stryker metal-on-metal hip implant, the Accolade V40, may be harming unknowing consumers.
Getting a hip replacement is already a scary and overwhelming process. Most patients just want to get back to the same active lifestyle they are used to. Stryker’s hip implant is supposed to last for 15 years. That’s over a decade of not worrying about your hip problems. But we believe this implant may begin breaking down after just a few years of use. In addition, we’ve found evidence that the defective metal-on-metal hip implant could be causing other problems, including vision impairment and thyroid issues.
If you’ve received a Stryker hip implant, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, plus potentially more for the pain and other losses you’ve weather due to this product. You can find out if you qualify today by completing the free case review form. Even if you’re not sure which hip implant you received, you can fill out the form and we’ll help verify from there.
Stryker’s History Of Dangerous And Defective Hip Replacement Products
As mentioned, this is not Stryker’s first time facing allegations that its products are causing harm to those they’re supposed to help. Both the Rejuvenate and the ABG II metal hip products were previously recalled. There were concerns that these two products could corrode or fret, which in turn led to inflammation, swelling, and pain in those who received the implants.
While traditional metal-on-metal hip implants work via a metal ball and socket, Stryker’s implants are designed differently. Experts believe the neck stem in the Stryker products may be the source of the problems. Another line of hip replacements — the recalled DePuy ASR systems — was known for causing similar issues in patients. The problems associated with these implants included early implant failure and metal poisoning, a serious condition that can lead to major problems with the thyroid, nervous system, and heart.
Stryker’s previous recalled led to thousands of lawsuits. The defective implants meant exhausted patients would have to go through the daunting surgery and recovery process all over again.
Stryker settled these lawsuits in 2014. According to the New York Times, that settlement was for an estimated $1 billion. However, the manufacturer has continued to make metal-on-metal hip implants rather than switching to a different material, such as plastic or ceramic.
The Problems With The Accolade V40
Recently, Stryker’s Accolade V40 model of hip implant has received similar complaints to the ABG II and Rejuvenate models that were recalled.
The Accolade V40 (a.k.a. the Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40) is a femoral head made of a chromium and cobalt alloy. It’s used with various modular hip implants such as the Accolade 2 Stems and Accolade TMZF.
Stryker has admitted in a letter that certain models of the Accolade V40 that were created before 2011 have an unusually high rate of taper lock failure. Despite that revelation, the company has not recalled the Accolade V40 in the United States. The product has, however, already been recalled in Australia and Canada.
As many as 44,000 hip implants have been performed globally using the Accolade V40. It is believed that the femoral head causes friction between the stem and the neck piece, leading to premature wear as well as microscopic metallic debris. That debris can further deteriorate tissue around the hip joint, loosen the replacement, disconnect the hip stem and femoral head, and cause other major damage to the implant, lowering its effectiveness well before the promised 15 years.
As mentioned, the problems with the Accolade V40 also have the potential to lead to metal poisoning, a serious harmful side effect. Metal poisoning, also known as metallosis, is caused by the aforementioned metallic debris entering the bloodstream. It can lead to extremely serious and dangerous medical problems.
How To Find Out If You Have A Defective Hip Replacement
After the long and strenuous process of getting a hip replacement, the last thing you want to worry about is pain or other medical issues caused by a defective part. Unfortunately, the allegations of premature failure and other problems against Stryker’s Accolade V40 should be taken very seriously.
If you have a hip implant that was created by Stryker, you should watch out for early signs of a defective implant. Here is a list of symptoms provided by the FDA that may indicate hip implant problems if experienced three or more months after your surgery:
- Groin, leg, or hip pain
- Swelling on or near the hip joint
- Squeaking, grinding, clicking, or popping sounds from your hip joint
- A limp or other difficulty moving
You should also monitor yourself for symptoms of metal poisoning. Here’s a list of signs of metal poisoning (again via the FDA):
- Kidney problems, including itchy skin and trouble, urinating
- Thyroid problems such as fatigue, feeling cold, weight gain, and neck discomfort
- Depression, memory and concentration problems, or other psychological problems
- Rashes on your skin
- Difficulty with vision and/or hearing
- Cardiomyopathy, a.k.a. a weakened and enlarged heart muscle
Schedule a Free Consultation with Schneider Hammers
Learning that your hip implant is defective can be a devastating piece of news on top of the trauma you’ve already gone through getting the hip replacement in the first place. You don’t have to bear this burden alone, though.
You can contact Schneider Hammers today for a free consultation for you or a loved one who has a hip implant. Even if you’re not sure if your hip implant includes the Accolade V40 part, we can help you figure it out. You may be owed compensation for your past, current, and future medical expenses, as well as other damages. Help us hold Stryker responsible for its defective product via a class action lawsuit. Contact us today.