Stryker Orthopedics issued a voluntary recall of its ABG II and Rejuvenate hip replacement systems in July 2012 after receiving reports from patients of early device failure. Despite its design that was supposed to last 15 to 20 years, some ABG II implants reportedly failed as early as two to three years after the initial implantation procedure. Attorney Group for Colorado is currently offering free, no-obligation consultations to those who believe they have been injured by their ABG II hip replacement and are considering filing a Colorado Stryker hip replacement lawsuit.
Plaintiffs Allege Early Device Failure
The ABG II Modular System was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2009. According to Stryker, the ABG II featured more all-metal components than other metal-on-metal hip replacement systems to give younger, more active recipients a broader range of motion.
However, many ABG II recipients are currently pursuing claims against Stryker, alleging that the additional metal parts simply meant a greater chance of complications and problems. One of the most common complications, early device failure, can occur if the metal components rub together and release chromium and cobalt ions into the patient’s blood. Stryker acknowledged in its recall that this condition could cause adverse local tissue reactions, metal poisoning, and swelling. If you have noticed one or more of the following complications, you may be eligible to file a Colorado Stryker hip replacement lawsuit:
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Early device failure
- Tissue damage
- Difficulty walking
- Trouble maintain balance
Unfortunately, ABG II patients did not always report success following revision and removal procedures. Consequently, these individuals may be either temporarily or permanently confined to a wheelchair due to limited mobility and increased pain. ABG II patients may be eligible to file a Colorado Stryker hip replacement lawsuit to recover damages for lost income if they are no longer able to work as a result of their failed ABG II hip. Patients who file may also be able to receive compensation to cover the cost of treatments, rehabilitations, medications, and other expenses incurred from their injuries.
Four Stryker hip replacement lawsuits were settled in December 2013 for an undisclosed amount. Current lawsuits allege that Stryker produced a defective device and failed to adequately test its products before releasing them onto the market. Stryker also allegedly failed to warn of the risks and complications that could arise from its devices.
Eligible to File a Colorado Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
You may be eligible to file a Colorado Stryker hip replacement lawsuit if you were fitted with the Stryker ABG II and subsequently suffered from complications you believe were caused by the device. Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today for a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether you have a case. If you do, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Colorado Stryker hip replacement lawsuit on your behalf and help you seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses to which you may be entitled.