By: Marilyn McGoldrick, Esq.
November 21, 2018
Stryker Femoral Heads Confidential Settlement
A settlement was announced this month in the Stryker MDL litigation. The settlement covers individuals with cases in the federal court litigation and cases filed in New Jersey state court who had revision surgery to replace the faulty LFIT CoCr V40 Femoral Head components in their hip implants. The faulty LFIT Femoral Heads released dangerous cobalt and chromium metal debris into hip joints. As the metal on metal parts rubbed against each other when the hip moved, metal fragments were deposited into the surrounding tissue and blood. The tiny bits of metal can cause a condition referred to as metallosis, which in turn may cause irreversible muscle damage.
Stryker Recalled the LFIT V40 Metal Femoral Head Components In 2016
Stryker issued an urgent recall in August of 2016 for the hip replacement components known as LFIT CoCr [Cobalt Chrome] V40 Femoral Heads manufactured before 2011. Higher than expected numbers of complaints had been made about the LFIT components. Here is a more detailed accounting of the recall including the exact implant items numbers of the recalled LFIT V40 Femoral Heads
Settlement Terms Are Confidential
The Judge overseeing the Stryker LFIT CoCr V40 Femoral Heads hip implant multidistrict litigation, Judge Indira Talwani of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, has stayed (stopped temporarily) the litigation. The stay will allow the parties to negotiate the final terms of the confidential settlement. In her order the Judge described the reason for the stay as ‘…to resolve the claims of certain eligible patients who had surgery to replace their LFIT CoCr V40TM femoral head along with related hip system components.”
You Have A Defective Hip Implant. What Can You Do?
If you received a hip implant and later suffered complications and were forced to undergo revision surgery, you may have a claim for damages.
We understand you likely do not know the type and manufacture of your hip implant. The hospital where you had the implant surgery can provide you with that information (ask for the product identification sticker page) or, with written permission, we can obtain that information on your behalf. We can determine exactly which hip implant device and components were used in your surgery and if there are any recalls related to those components.
Trust Our Stryker Hip Implant Attorneys to Help
Thornton Law Firm actively litigates cases against Stryker for its defective metal hip implants and hip implant components throughout the country.
If you are concerned that your hip implant has failed, that you have suffered injury because of a failed hip replacement, or have any questions about your implant, contact attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-888-341-1405, or tell us your story HERE. The consultation is free and completely confidential. The time limits for filing claims against Stryker and other hip implant manufacturers are short and strictly enforced. Call now for a consultation with an attorney with years of experience litigating defective hip implant cases.
Stryker LFIT V39 Femoral Head Recall
By: Marilyn McGoldrick, Esq.
Stryker Corporation has notified physicians and hospitals of an Urgent Medical Device Recall of its LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chrome V39 femoral heads manufactured before 2011. Stryker received what it called a “higher than expected” number of reports from doctors of taper lock failure.
What is taper lock failure? The taper is the very narrow end of the femoral stem where it connects to the ball of the hip implant. When the taper lock – the connection between the stem and the ball – fails, the hip can become unstable and a number of complications can result. Because the Stryker LFit V39 femoral heads are made of a cobalt chromium alloy, the metal can corrode, releasing cobalt and chromium fragments into the tissue. The corrosion can also result in fractures and loosening of the implant.
Potential Taper Lock Failures Associated with Stryker LFIT V39 Femoral Heads
- Disassociation of the femoral head from the hip stem. Literally, the hip implant comes apart.
- Fractured hip stem trunnion
- Excessive metallic debris
- Insufficient ROM (range of motion)
- Insufficient soft tissue tension
- Noise (clicking, grinding, popping, clunking)
- Loss of implant to bone fixation strength
- Excessive wear debris
- Implant construct with a shortened neck length
Patient Complications From Defective Stryker LFIT V39 Femoral Heads
If you have a defective Stryker LFit V39 femoral head as part of your hip implant, you may have experienced the following complications:
- Adverse local tissue reaction
- Broken bones around components
- Joint instability
- Leg length discrepancy
- Loss of mobility
- Revision surgery necessary
Was Your Stryker Hip Implant Recalled?
Physicians began notifying patients of this recall in September 2016. If you don’t know the implant number, call your doctor’s office. They will have it.
Here are the specific models subject to the recall:
Catalog Number Head Diameter Offset
6260-9-236 36mm +5
6260-9-239 39mm +4
6260-9-244 44mm +4
6260-9-339 39mm +8
6260·9-439 39mm +12
6260-9-344 44mm +8
6260-9-444 44mm +12
If you have received notification of this recall, you should consult with an attorney to make sure that your legal rights are properly protected.
What If You Have a Different Stryker Hip Implant?
This is not the first Stryker corporation hip implant component recall. Stryker previously recalled the ABG II and Rejuvenant hip replacements in July of 2012. Those were also metal-on-metal hip implants.
Do I Have a Case?
If you have a defective metal-on-metal hip implant, whether from Stryker Orthopaedics, or those manufactured by Biomet, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics, Wright Conserve, or Zimmer Holdings, you may be eligible to file a claim for money damages. You may be compensated for lost income, medical expenses for revision and replacement surgery, damages for pain and suffering, physical injuries, and any other losses you suffered as a result of your defective hip implant. Contact the Boston law firm of Thornton Law Firm LLP online or call Attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-888-341-1405 for a consultation with a specialist in hip implant litigation. The consultation is free and confidential. We look forward to discussing your potential legal case with you.
A global settlement valued at over $1 billion dollars with the manufacturer of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, Homedica Osteonics Corp. (also known as Stryker Orthopaedics), has been announced after a hearing today before the judge overseeing the Stryker MultiDistrict Litigation. Patients who underwent a revision surgery on or before November 3, 2014 may be eligible for an award under the settlement.
The Stryker hip systems were unique in that they involved a neck and stem design made of metal. Both the Rejuvenate and the ABG II metal hip implants were approved using the controversial FDA 501(k) process in which Stryker claimed that the products were substantially equivalent to products already on the market. As a result the Rejuvenate and the ABG II systems never underwent rigorous clinical trials. In reality, the products were fatally flawed and failed at a catastrophically high rate. Both were recalled by Stryker in July of 2012.
Stryker hip implant recipients who qualify for the settlement will receive a base award of $300,000. The awards may be increased on a complication-by-complication basis for implant recipients whose Stryker hip devices also caused heart attacks and strokes, and a number of other specific complications that are outlined in the Master Settlement Agreement.
If you were implanted with a defective Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant, it is not too late to file a claim. The Thornton Law Firm is actively litigating claims for recipients of Stryker implants in Massachusetts and across the country. If you have any questions about your hip implant or are concerned that your implant has failed or caused you injury, contact our Stryker hip implant attorneys at 888-341-1405 or tell us your story here. There are strict time limits on claims of this nature, so do not delay seeking legal advice.
Posted on June 17, 2013
On June 12, 2013, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) transferred more than 39 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII defective hip cases to the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. The MDL was approved to allow for coordination of pretrial discovery and to preserve judicial resources. The transferred cases, and any future Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuits filed in federal court, are assigned to Judge Donavan W. Frank in Minnesota Federal Court (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441). Common issues such as design defect and the safety and effectiveness of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems will be the focus of pre-trial discovery. The Stryker MDL was approved in order to prevent inconsistent rulings from multiple judges assigned to cases filed all over the country and to preserve the resources of the courts and the plaintiffs involved in these lawsuits.
In July of 2012, Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems. Lawsuits filed to date allege injuries including tissue death, metallosis, loosening or early failure of the hip implant, damage to the bones and tissues surrounding the implant and the need for revision surgery to remove defective Stryker hip implants. Thornton Law Firm, LLP is investigating and filing cases on behalf of individuals who were implanted with the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip system and have suffered injuries related to these devices. We offer a free, confidential evaluation of your potential Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII hip claim. Please contact Stryker hip implant lawyer Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-888-341-1405.