This class action 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.
Our lawyers are frequently asked about a class action lawsuit against Stryker for selling defective hip implant products. Our lawyers have analyzed these injury cases and determined that a class action lawsuit is not in the best interest of our clients. Instead, we are filing a lawsuit for each of our clients that seeks compensation specific to the facts of that client’s case. You can contact our law firm for a free consultation here.
“Class action lawsuits are for people who suffered very similar harm,” said attorney David Szerlag, a lead lawyer for our Stryker lawsuits. “We file individual lawsuits because our clients deserve compensation for their unique injuries. Our goal is to get our clients full compensation.”
Why is an Individual Lawsuit Better than a Class Action?
The primary reason why a class action lawsuit is not appropriate for these cases is because class action suits are for cases that have substantially similar injuries. The injuries involved with recalled LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads hip implants vary significantly in the degree of pain and disability, the need for revision surgery, the expected long-term consequences, etc.
For example, one person may have severe metallosis (chromium and cobalt poisoning) from these products that has caused vision problems, organ damage and extensive necrosis (death) of tissue and bone. Even with revision surgery (surgery to remove and replace the recalled Stryker hip implant product), this person may have continued pain, gait (walking) problems, and serious, life-long health problems. Another person may have revision surgery and fully recover. The settlement compensation packages (or jury verdicts) for these two people should be different.
Every person injured by a Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Head hip replacement product has the right to sue the company for money damages, according to David Szerlag, a product safety lawyer who recently won over $45 million for clients injured by another medical product. “Our job as lawyers is to make sure that every client gets full and fair compensation. It is the best way to make sure justice is done. Patients should be able to trust that products implanted in their bodies are as safe and not prone to early failure. Stryker needs to be held accountable to every patient who was injured in any way.”
David and his Hip Recall Lawsuit Team are helping patients throughout the United States injured by these products. Contact David and his team about filing a claim against Stryker and getting the compensation you deserve.
Do You Have a Claim for Compensation against Stryker?
You may have a claim against Stryker if you had hip replacement surgery, your surgeon implanted a Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Head (now recalled), and you have had or will need revision surgery to remove and replace the LFIT product.
Our lawyers successfully helped over 60 people sue Stryker Orthopaedic for personal injury from Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. We are now helping people harmed by the recalled LFIT™ femoral head get compensation and justice.
How Will I Know if I Have a Recalled Rejuvenate or ABG II Implant?
Your surgeon or the hospital where you had the hip replacement surgery should have notified you. These letters may have mentioned that a company named “Broadside” that is assisting Stryker with claims against the company. You should contact our law firm before you contact Broadside or sign any document for your doctor, the hospital, Stryker or Broadside. If you have already signed something, you may not have signed away your right to file a lawsuit to get full compensation, including money for pain, emotional suffering, disability and loss of quality of life. To preserve your rights, you should contact our Stryker litigation team now for a free consultation.
Our lawyers will need to see a copy of any document you have signed. They will also need a copy of your medical records.
Is Your Law Firm Suing Surgeons and Hospitals?
No, we are not suing surgeons and hospitals. We are suing Howmedica Osteonics, which does business as Stryker Orthopaedics.
Many of our Stryker cases involved hip replacements performed at the following locations, but we are not suing these hospitals, the surgeons, CentraCare or Mayo:
- St. Cloud Hospital (CentraCare Health System);
- Immanuel-St. Joseph’s in Mankato, MN (Mayo Clinic Health System);
- Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI;
- New England Baptist Hospital in the Boston, MA area; and
- Newton-Wellesley in the Boston, MA area.