By: Alison De Villiers
The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 330,000 people receive hip implants each year. On July 6, 2012, Stryker, a manufacturer of hip implants, voluntarily recalled hip components relating to the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants in the United States. Based on an April 2012 safety alert, doctors and patients were warned that various problems were caused by these devices including metallosis (release of metal ions into the tissue and bloodstream), pain, necrosis (premature tissue death), and bone dissolution caused by “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular neck junction.”
Multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) concerning the Stryker hip implants is ongoing in Federal District Court in Minnesota. MDL is a special federal legal procedure used to consolidate the process involving complex, nationwide litigation. Those affected by defective hip implants throughout the United States are able to participate in the litigation through this centralized procedure.
At Beckman Weil Shepardson, the attorneys are experienced at handling defective hip implant cases. If you think that you or a loved one may have received a Stryker hip or is having difficulty with a hip implant, please contact us to evaluate your potential claims.