A Stryker Accolade lawsuit may be an option for patients who have suffered complications from a Stryker Accolade hip implant. Although these new type of hip implants use a proprietary titanium alloy aimed at easing the friction with bone surfaces, lawsuits have alleged that the design and manufacture of the hip implant is defective resulting in some patients suffering bone damage and heavy metal poisoning. Affected patients may be able to pursue claims for compensation with the help of a hip replacement lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Stryker Accolade attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Stryker Accolade Hip Implants and Heavy Metal Poisoning
The Stryker Accolade hip implant is manufactured from one solid piece of titanium alloy. Although intended to provide improved flexibility and strength to mimic natural bone, some patients are alleging that the device poses a dangerous risk of corrosion and fretting. The Accolade’s design is alleged to cause the release of metallic debris, such as chromium and cobalt particles, into a patient’s body. This may lead to localized tissue necrosis, bone damage, and metallosis or heavy metal poisoning.
Stryker Accolade Recall
Stryker recalled their Accolade hip implant in July 2009. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Accolade implant constituted a class II recall. According to the FDA, Stryker recalled the device because specific lots of the device deviated from their specifications for “tensile bond strength and crystallinity”, which could lead to metal particles being released into a patient’s body. Stryker has also had issues with its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements, which were also recalled in 2012 amid reports that they corrode and fail within a few years of surgery.
Complications Linked to Stryker Accolade Implants
Stryker Accolade hip implants have been linked to some patients suffering complications including:
- Necrosis (premature tissue death)
- Revision surgery
- Bone damage
How a Stryker Accolade Lawsuit Can Help
Device makers have a duty to design and produce safe products, and to warn of possible risks associated with their products. Failure to fulfill that duty can result in injuries to patients, and the device maker being held liable for those injuries.
Patients who are injured by hip replacements may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from injuries. Compensation can be based on factors including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from an injury
- Loss of income or ability to work due to loss of mobility
If a loved one dies after complications from a hip implant, family members may be able to pursue claims for wrongful death damages, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
- Loss of financial support
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the loss of a loved one
Affected patients and their families are encouraged to seek the advice of a Stryker Accolade attorney to discuss their legal rights and options for compensation.
If you have been injured by a hip replacement, contact Attorney Group. When you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to speak with you about your case or answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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