Stryker Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

On May 15, 2014, a class action lawsuit was filed in Canada by Klein Lawyers, Koskie Minsky LLP, and Stevensons LLP, against the manufacturers Stryker Corporation and related entities regarding Stryker’s metal-on-metal hip implant systems, including the Rejuvenate and the ABG II.

Representative plaintiff, Rosemary Ritlop alleges that Stryker Corporation was negligent in the research, design, manufacture, regulatory licensing, sale and post-market monitoring of their metal-on-metal hip implants, and that Canadians implanted with the products suffered personal injuries when their hip implants failed. The Rejuvenate and the ABG II were expected to last decades and in some cases complete failure occurred within two years of implantation.

A metal-on-metal implant uses metal components that come into contact with one another. In the Stryker implants, this contact takes place between modular components in the metal femoral neck and the metal stem of the device.

The Stryker implants were approved for sale in Canada, but shortly after numerous reports of premature failures with the hip devices were reported. Despite serious and increasing reports of complications and failure of the Stryker implants, it is alleged that no warning was provided to Canadian recipients of the significant risks associated with this implant. In 2012, the devices were finally recalled from the Canadian market.

The adverse effects caused by the Stryker implants are painful and debilitating and are subject to corrosion, fretting and can cause serious life-long effects in patients. Metal debris is released into the surrounding tissue. Such heavy metals can be toxic, and may cause, tissue necrosis, metallosis, pseudotumours, bone dislocation and failure of the hip joint. Treatment may require removal of the implant, and its replacement with another device. This procedure is referred to as revision surgery.

Ritlop’s medical evaluations show an elevated level of titanium and cobalt chrome in her blood work. The resulting side effects are autonomic system dysfunction, inability to regulate the temperature of her right leg, swelling, discoloration and hypersensitivity of her hip and leg, chronic regional pain syndrome and a dependence on crutches and a walker to assist with her mobility. These side effects have depleted her ability to engage in a normal lifestyle and she now suffers boughts of anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications due to a Stryker Hip Implant, call Klein Lawyers today to speak to a case manager about representation. To find out whether you can file a claim over your hip implant injuries, complete our ‘Do you Qualify‘ form.

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