A Stryker V40 femoral head lawsuit may be an option for patients who suffered complications from a Stryker V40 femoral head when paired with the Accolade TMZF hip stem. Lawsuits allege that the company failed to warn patients of the risk of corrosion, which could lead to metal toxicity in patients. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to file a lawsuit and recover compensation with the help of a hip replacement lawyer.
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 V40 femoral head lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Stryker V40 Femoral Head
Stryker V40 femoral heads are used in conjunction with other Stryker hip implant products and are designed to offer a large range of offsets to fit the specific needs of the patient. The V40 femoral heads are available in an alloy made from cobalt and chromium as well as aluminum oxide and ceramic. When combined with the Stryker Accolade TMZF hip stem, the V40 femoral head made from cobalt and chromium could corrode and lead to severe metal toxicity in patients.
Stryker Hip Implants and Metallosis
Metallosis, or the build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body, occurs when the metallic components found in metal-on-metal hip implants rub together and release into the body. Symptoms associated with metallosis include pain, swelling and inflammation, loosening of the implant, dislocation, bone deterioration, and hip implant failure.
In addition, metallosis may lead to a number of other side effects, including:
- Emotional disturbance
- Nervous system problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
Other Stryker V40 Femoral Head Complications
Other complications associated with Stryker hip implants and femoral heads include:
- Bone and tissue damage
Stryker has also had other issues with its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip implant systems, prompting multiple recalls from 2009 to 2012. In some cases, revision surgery may be necessary to repair or replace damaged hip replacement systems.
In September 2016, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) — Australia’s regulatory authority for therapeutic goods — issued a hazard alert identifying that some LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads manufactured before 2011 have a higher than expected incidence of taper lock failures. The issue has been identified in four products, and a full list of affected products can be found here.
Stryker V40 Femoral Head Lawsuit Claims
A Stryker V40 femoral head lawsuit alleges that the company failed to warn that, when combined with the Stryker Accolade TMZF hip stem, the LFIT anatomic V40 femoral head can corrode and cause severe metal toxicity in patients. According to a report published by Law360, the titanium hip stems do not maintain structural integrity when paired with the V40 femoral heads, which are made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium.
According to lawsuits filed in a New Jersey court, the combination of hip implant parts was not compatible with human tissue and bone, leading to the release of metal particles and causing severe and permanent damage. Likewise, lawsuits allege that Stryker “failed to manufacture the product in a manner that prevented fretting and corrosion and, in fact, manufactured the product such that it caused fretting and corrosion.”
How a Stryker V40 Femoral Head Lawsuit Can Help
Device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People who have suffered injury from Stryker AccoladeTMZF hip stems and Stryker V40 femoral heads may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
For more information, contact Attorney Group. After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to 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 or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.