Two More Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implants Filed in FloridaJan 1, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
Two more people have recently filed lawsuits against Stryker Corp. over its defective and recalled Rejuvenate metal hip implant components.
According to a report from the Sun Sentinel newspaper in Broward County, Fla., the lawsuits represent the first in that area against Stryker since the company recalled its Rejuvenate hip implant component parts last month. Stryker issued the recall because it said the component parts that make up and an all-metal hip implant were prone to “fretting” and corrosion that would likely result in serious injuries and the need for revision and replacement surgeries for recipients.
The lawsuits filed this week against Stryker Corp. blame the Rejuvenate devices for causing several Broward County residents the travails that many others have experienced while relying on an all-metal hip implant. According to the Sun Sentinel report, “the recipients’ hip muscles and bones were corroded by the devices, which had to be removed by surgery.” The complaints also allege that the Rejuvenate devices caused each Plaintiff to develop “tumor-like formations near the device.”
Metal hip parts come in constant contact with each other through normal use. This causes small metallic shavings to be dispersed into the body and it could cause a toxic accumulation of the metals cobalt and chromium, which likely led to the tumor formations in these recipients. If unchecked or uncorrected, an all-metal hip implant like Rejuvenate could cause tissue damage, organ damage, and failures of both tissue and organs.