Stryker Cases Continue To Be Filed | Stryker Recall Lawyer
According to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, there were 576 pending cases against Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate hip implants in February 2014. That number has since increased to 699 as of April 2014. Some believe that the growing number of lawsuits may be attributed to increased awareness and more patients coming forward to seek legal counsel from a Stryker recall lawyer due to side effects or complications that may be caused by the allegedly defective implants.
Stryker Cases Continue to Mount
Stryker recall lawyers across the U.S. continue to urge patients to seek legal counsel if they experience adverse side effects or complications, as the number of lawsuits filed against the company continues to grow. Plaintiffs and others have criticized not only Stryker’s design and manufacturing of the products, but also the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process, as the ABG II and Rejuvenate systems were not required to undergo more stringent and rigorous clinical trials likw other Class II or high-risk medical devices. Instead, Stryker obtained approval through the 510(k) process without clinical trials, as the company was able to demonstrate that the products were substantially equivalent to ones already on the market.
If a medical device approved through the 501(k) process is found to be defective, the FDA often only learns of the potential dangers after consumers have used the product. In these circumstances, the FDA may consider issuing a recall or warning to prevent further harm and to inform the public to stop using the product. However, in many instances, such warnings or recalls come too late for many patients.
Stryker Recall and Broadspire Claims
Stryker announced a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip stems in July 2012. Although the devices were designed to provide surgeons with a better method of correcting aspects of a patient’s hip biomechanics and anatomy, adverse event reports and studies showed that these devices were prone to early device failure, as they could potentially corrode and fret at the neck junction.
Following the recall, Stryker established a hip claims program through the company Broadspire for those who had been adversely affected by the implants. The system provides Stryker with the chance to send letters to physicians at medical facilities throughout the U.S.; the physicians are then directed to contact their patients although they are not legally obligated to do so.
Contact a Stryker Recall Lawyer Today
If you or someone you love was fitted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants and sustained serious or life-threatening complications, contact a Stryker recall lawyer. The American Injury Attorney Group can provide you with a free case evaluation and connect you with an affiliated Stryker recall lawyer who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.