Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuits Now Part Of MultiCounty Litigation In New Jersey

   

Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuits Assert The Hip Replacement Device Causes Blood Metal Poisoning, Bone Damage, Instability And Other Complications.

stryker-hip-femoral-head-lawsuitThe New Jersey Supreme Court granted a petition to centralize all Stryker femoral head recall lawsuits in Bergen County Superior Court. The action comes nearly two months after a federal judicial panel consolidated all federally filed hip replacement lawsuits involving Stryker’s recalled LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads. The federal and state court lawsuits similarly allege that patients have developed blood metal poisoning, tissue damage, loss of mobility, inflammation, debilitating pain and other serious injuries from the failed components of Stryker’s hip replacement system.

“Having represented clients in product liability lawsuits, we agree with the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision to designate the Stryker hip replacement lawsuits as multicounty litigation,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law. “This will allow the cases to move forward in a coordinated and efficient manner.”

Southern Med Law’s attorneys are currently evaluating potential Stryker hip recall lawsuits involving the recalled LFIT V40 Femoral Head. The femoral head is commonly found in Accolade TMZF, Accolade 2 stems, Meridian stems, and Citation stems manufactured from 2009 to 2011. If you have been injured by a failing hip implant involving these Stryker components, you can arrange for a free, no obligation Stryker Femoral Head recall lawsuit evaluation by calling Southern Med Law today, at 205-547-5525 or for more information, you can visit www.southernmedlaw.com for more information.

On May 30, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a Notice to the Bar that designated all litigation involving the Stryker LFIT CoCr V40 Femoral Heads as multicounty litigation (MCL). The court assigned Superior Court Judge Rachelle Harz to manage the MCL. In centralizing the cases, the Court granted the request of about 25 plaintiffs who filed a motion in January asking for a MCL. According to the motion, Judge Harz was already presiding over an estimated 85 cases involving the LFIT V40 hip stem. (In re: Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads Litigation, Case Number 624)
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In a similar move, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation approved plaintiffs’ request to consolidate federal Stryker hip replacement complaints. On April 5, the panel issued an order that transferred 33 lawsuits involving LFIT V40 femoral heads to the District of Massachusetts. (In Re: Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation – Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuits MDL No. 2768)

In August 2016, Stryker voluntarily recalled certain sizes of its LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads due to a higher than expected number of complaints of taper lock failure. The taper lock connects the femoral head to the femoral neck. Failure of the lock leads to the head coming apart from the hip stem, according to Stryker. Hip replacement lawsuits state that the problem is the result of combining a femoral head made of cobalt-chromium alloy with stems made of titanium or TMZF titanium alloy. Fretting and corrosion occur in the junction where the femoral head connects to the femoral stem. As a result, metal debris is released into patients’ tissue and bone which elevates the cobalt and chromium levels in their blood, as well as causing tissue and bone damage. This leads to patients having to undergo surgery to remove the components.[bfarm.de/SharedDocs/Kundeninfos/EN/11/2016/08312_16_Kundeninfo_en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=2]

State and federal lawsuits name Howmedica Osteonics Corp., doing business as Stryker Orthopaedics, as the defendant. The cases similarly allege that Stryker’s hip system and related components have design and manufacturing defects that place patients at risk for serious, damage, including severe metal toxicity, pain instability, immobility, and a need to undergo corrective surgery.

About Southern Med Law And Filing A Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuit

Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in defective medical device recall lawsuits like those with Stryker LFIT femoral heads. They are not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.

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