Our firm is representing hip implant clients nationwide. This includes the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II systems which were recalled in 2012 for metallosis and failure. Stryker’s patented titanium TMFZ femoral stem and cobalt/chrome neck create a corrosive reaction which poisons the patient’s bones and tissues. Even before the recall, Stryker acknowledged this general problem of mismatched metals in sales material.
Using our firm’s experience in the DePuy ASR New Jersey state litigation before Judge Martinotti, where we have more than 100 cases filed, we are now filing individual Stryker lawsuits. Our firm has full control over these cases, and we do not associate with or rely on other firms. We are always available to our clients, and we conduct monthly phone conferences with all our hip implant clients. We can file any client’s case in New Jersey as Stryker co-marketed the implant with Howmedica, a New Jersey company. Medical device litigation in New Jersey courts can provide strategic options not available in other state or federal courts.
The Stryker litigation is managed personally by one of our litigation partners, so give us a call at (212) 684-1880 .
As with all our litigations, we nominate clients as lead cases, often called “bellwether” cases. Our firm has a history of determining which cases have such superior merit that they will be ideal to represent all litigants. We work closely with clients, their families and their physicians. Physicians rarely understand the liability aspects of your claim, and we take the time to explain to them how a company’s defective product was able to be marketed while hiding its shortcomings.
Medical device companies, such as Stryker, quietly groom doctors to promote their products. These are known as “key opinion leaders.” Stryker had “hot spots” in Florida and Oklahoma, but we now know doctors in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York liked the Stryker line. This includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Sussex in New Jersey, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Dutchess, Rockland and Ulster counties in New York. Many doctors switched to Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II after the DePuy ASR recall. Stryker falsely touted these as not being metal-on-metal.
If you think your Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II is failing, that is a medical matter which should be discussed with your doctors. They are the ones best suited to investigate failures. Blood and serum test can be done to determine what your metal levels are. The American and British health agencies now warn that an x-ray that looks “normal” is not alone an accurate test.
Ready to learn more? Call Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP today at (212) 684-1880.