Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit for Metal Poisoning (Cobalt and Chromium)

This cobalt and chromium poisoning (metallosis) information was updated to address the September 2016 recall of the Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads hip implant products. Patients who had this product and a Stryker Accolade stem implanted for hip replacement may experience premature failure of the hip replacement.

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Attorney David Szerlag has won millions for clients who needed revision surgery to remove and replace defective hip replacement implants. You can contact David for a free consultation.

Our attorneys have won millions for patients with defective hip implants. Their experience with defective medical product lawsuits includes recently winning over $40,000,000 for people injured by another unsafe medical product.

Chromium and Cobalt Poisoning

Chromium and cobalt ions can cause damaging tissue reactions:

  • fibrinoid necrosis (pseudo-tumors)
  • lymphocytic (lymph cell) infiltration and aggregation
  • vasculitis (inflammation causing thickening and scarring of the walls of the blood vessels).

Release of these metal ions can also cause hip implant loosening and fractures, particularly in the modular neck.

For patients who have revision surgery, this metal poisoning can cause problems, including disengagement or failure to disengage mating surfaces during revision surgery. This means that otherwise well fixed hip implant parts may need to be replaced. In addition, revision surgery can lead to infection and sepsis (bacteria in the blood) that can be fatal.


Our attorneys represent hip implant patients nationwide in lawsuits to recover compensation for hip revision surgery. They have offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and are available to represent MN patients throughout the state: Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, St. Cloud, Duluth, Mankato, New Alm, etc. Attorney David Szerlag is of counsel with our law firm and has offices in Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. Many of our clients are from surrounding states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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