As Injuries Mount, Lawsuits Over Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads Consolidated into Federal Multi-District Litigation & State Multi-County Litigation
Written By: Queenie Cheng
On August 29, 2016, Howmedica Osteonics Corp. recalled 42,519 of the Stryker-branded LFIT defective hips due to FDA regulations. The “higher than expected” incidence of taper lock failure for the Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V20 Femoral Heads resulted in numerous lawsuits. The Judicial Panel on Multi-District Legislation (JPMDL) created the new MDL No. 2768 to hear products liability litigation.
The failure of the Stryker-branded prosthetic hip replacement device led numerous potential hazards to pose a threat to the well-beings of many.
Some failures include:
- Excessive metal debris
- Trunnion fracture
- Corrosion at the femoral head
- Stem junction
- Disassociation of the head from the stem
As a result, there may be an increased risk of metallosis, necrosis, and osteolysis. Higher levels of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream may also result. These health consequences make surgery necessary in order to remove and replace the implants. The LFIT V20 Cobalt-Chromium device has a tendency to cause corrosion at the taper junction when assembled with femoral stems made with different alloys. Issues with the development, manufacturing, testing, regulation, promotion, and labeling of the LFIT V20 CoCr Femoral Head has made way for injuries to occur.
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Not only are these lawsuits consolidated into Federal Multi-District Litigation, but they are also consolidated into State Multi-County Litigation. It is requested that the New Jersey State Courts create a multi-county litigation docket for this same hip replacement device. In response to this request, New Jersey’s Chief Justice assigned state lawsuits over the Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V20 Femoral Heads into a multi-county litigation docket. The court then assigned the artificial hip cases to Judge Rachelle Harz of the Bergen County Superior Court. Judge Harz is also assigned other Stryker and DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant cases that our firm is litigating. Separately, 36 federal LFIT cases were centralized in April into Multi-District Litigation 2768 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Injuries associated with this device are serious. Our lawyers handle both federal and state cases associated with this device. Our firm has had multi-million dollar settlements in similar hip implant litigations. Your pain and suffering should not be ignored. We at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin, LLP are working to protect you.
By Queenie Cheng