Metal hip implants are linked to metal poisoning, an early indicator of their premature failure, leading to painful hip implant repairs and revision surgery.
Massachusetts Stryker Metal Hip Implant Blood Poisoning
Linda Regan, from Massachusetts filed her personal injury and product liability lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, after she developed severe metal poisoning from a metal hip implant.
Regan blames her side effects on a Stryker metal hip implant, claiming that design defects with her Accolade hip stem and LFit v40 femoral head implant caused metallic debris to be spread into her body.
This metallic debris (metallosis) lead to serious metal blood poisoning and the failure of her hip implant less than ten years after it was implanted. Metal hip implants are advertised to lasting between 15 to 20 years.
Regan alleges that Howmedica Osteonics Corp., and its Stryker Orthopaedics subsidiary, made and sold defective hip replacement parts that were likely to corrode causing the release of metal particles into local hip tissue and the blood.
Because of this significant metal corrosion, similar to a rusting process, patients are exposed to a higher risk of sudden and catastrophic metal hip implant failures.
Regan underwent hip replacement surgery in 2007, with a Stryker Accolade TMZF Hip Stem and a Stryker LFit Anatomic v40 Femoral head.
Because of an explosion of metal poisoning side effects and early hip failure reports, a Stryker LFit v40 hip recall was announced in 2016, involving large-diameter femoral heads sold before 2011.
Stryker admitted that many patients were experiencing severe side effect problems with trunnion failure, excessive metal wear, inflammatory local tissue reactions and metal poisoning of cobalt, chromium and titanium.
The Stryker metal hip implants are made from an amalgam of metals including titanium, molybdenum, zirconium, iron, cobalt and chromium alloys (TMZF).
According to Regan, “Plaintiff alleges that all V40 heads sold by defendants are defective and should recalled. Instead the Stryker defendants have intentionally downplayed the risk of harm and limited the scope of its recall in an effort to hide from surgeons, patients and the FDA the true extent of the problems with their defective hips.”
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant lawsuits
Stryker is no stranger to urgent recalls and premature failure of their metal hip implants. Unfortunately for Stryker, this is not the first ride at the metal hip failure rodeo. Stryker agreed to settle over 3,000 injury and defective product lawsuits in 2014, involving the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant models. These Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implants were recalled in 2012.
If you think you may have a Stryker LFIT V40 Head or a Stryker Accolade TMZF stem and are experiencing pain potentially caused by metal corrosion, metallosis or have suffered a spontaneous dissociation requiring full revision and emergency care, please call us 888-210-9693.
The Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm is currently investigating and filing premature hip failure and metal poisoning lawsuits on behalf of injured patients all over the U.S.
Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a Texas Medical Doctor (retired) and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.