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Help center: Defective hip implants and the Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II Hip System

FAQs and legal advice on what to do if you’ve had a hip implant, including after a car accident and the interplay between No Fault and Stryker Hip Recall Litigation

With 18 attorneys who help people seriously injured in automobile accidents, we’ve helped many people who shattered their hips, or who had serious leg and pelvic injuries and had to undergo hip implant surgeries. This page has important information for our own clients — and other Michigan residents — who now have hip implants.

Stryker, the medical device manufacturer of the defective Rejuvenate/ABG II Hip System, has committed to pay more than $2 billion to settle claims from injured patients. Car accident victims who underwent surgeries for shattered hips and had hip implants put in by orthopedic surgeons are at serious medical risk and now have possible legal claims against Stryker.

Our attorneys are here to help you and to answer your important questions, at no charge. Feel free to call us at (800) 777-0028. Michigan Auto Law has also partnered with a top national legal expert and a renowned orthopedic surgeon who will be on-call to review your possible Stryker legal claims.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions on what to do if you have a Stryker hip implant.

What caused my Stryker hip implant to be defective?

Stryker began distributing the Rejuvenate and ABG II metal-on-metal hip implants in 2009 to younger, more active patients, as Stryker claimed they would benefit from the “modular” design. The concept behind the modular design is that the hip implant can be fitted to better match the anatomical differences from one person to the next. Stryker also represented to the surgeons who would implant the devices that they were more durable than other similar products on the market and that the implants were safe.

But Stryker’s claims about the safety of its hip implants have been proven false. Stryker, utilizing a Food and Drug Administration procedure called the “510(k) process,” was able to distribute its implants before conducting and completing significant clinical studies that deemed the implants truly safe.

The results are potentially life-threatening.

Who is at risk?

Every individual who received one of the thousands of Rejuvenate and ABG II hip devices prior to the July 2012 recall are at risk of significant medical complications and further subsequent injury resulting from these Stryker hip products.

What are the symptoms of a defective Stryker hip implant?

Again, Stryker and other hip manufacturers are the subject of substantial litigation and product recalls due to the catastrophic nature of the failure of their devices. Patients who have had a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant should take note of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the hip and/or groin
  • Numbness or swelling
  • Loosening of the joint which can create audible sounds, and/or
  • Difficulty walking or limping

Should I hire an attorney for my defective hip implant?

It never hurts to ask questions about your rights and the best course of treatment to take with your medical care. An experienced injury attorney can explain how the law works and what you’re entitled to regarding defective medical devices.

And if you’ve had a hip implant after a car accident, an attorney can inform you how the Michigan No Fault law will cover life-saving benefits, such as reimbursement for medical care. In addition, there will be special complications for recovery in Michigan that Stryker litigation victims in other states may not have, due to Michigan’s unique product liability laws.

The attorneys at Michigan Auto Law have set up a special Stryker hip litigation team for many of our former clients who shattered hips and suffered fractures to the hip and pelvis from automobile accidents and who had surgeons who unknowingly implanted these defective Stryker hip implants. In Michigan, these cases have an unusual complication, as many are the result of auto accidents, and thus the No Fault insurance companies will also need to pay for reasonably necessary future medical complications as a result of the Stryker hip implants.

Our attorneys are here to help our clients and other Michigan residents recover legal compensation for injuries they have and may continue to sustain as a result of this dangerous medical device. We’ve teamed up with outstanding national legal experts and an orthopedic surgeon who’s also a national authority on Stryker hip implants, so we can review these cases with people who have questions about what they should do next.

What are the possible side effects of a Stryker hip implant?

It’s important to understand that most — if not all — of these implants will reportedly fail at an alarmingly quick rate. Also, the implant actually generates corrosion, metal poisoning and other adverse reactions that have been shown to kill the tissue, muscle and bone in and around the hip.

The nature of metal-on-metal hip devices like Rejuvenate and ABG II is that metal particles rub off of the implant and enter the surrounding tissue and bone. Serious side effects that result from this process can include:

  • Metallosis, or metal poisoning, which causes organ and tissue damage
  • Necrosis, or tissue and bone death
  • Osteolysis and other adverse reactions

Will I need to have my hip implant removed?

Because of the degree of these injuries and the increasing severity over time as the devices remain in place, patients who are symptomatic will require a revision surgery to remove the dangerous implant.

The corrective, revision surgery poses further risks including fracture, infection, dislocation and other serious complications.

Are there any other hip implant manufacturers that have produced defective hip implants?

Stryker, along with DePuy, Biomet and other manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants are the subject of substantial litigation and product recalls due to the catastrophic nature of the failure of their hip implants.

What should I do now?

If you have a hip implant and you’re having any of these symptoms, you should consult your doctor immediately to determine which implant you did receive. Your doctor will likely have you undergo a blood test and imaging study and to determine whether any symptoms you have may be caused by a metal-on-metal hip device, such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II.

It’s also best to speak with a knowledgeable attorney, who can answer your questions, and help you to protect your legal claims and maximize the value of your potential Stryker case.

Again, feel free to call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028 for free help today.

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