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Florida Woman Files Hip Replacement Suit against Stryker Orthopedics

Posted on August 13, 2012

It’s been a month since Stryker Orthopedics voluntarily recalled its “Rejuvenate” hip replacement devices due to “potential risks,” and now a 66-year-old Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit claims the company manufactured and sold a defective product that caused her serious health complications.

The woman underwent surgery in October 2011 to replace her right hip with Rejuvenate. According to her attorney, she started experiencing pain within months of the operation, and although doctors looking into her complaints couldn’t find an infection, they did find that she had elevated metal levels in her blood.

According to NorthJersey.com, in June 2012 she underwent another surgery to remove abnormal tissue growing around the hip and received a revision stem, but her femur was fractured during the procedure. After more complications, more surgeries were performed and, at one point, the woman dislocated her hip. She is currently receiving an eight-week treatment at a nursing home.

“It’s been a disaster for this woman,” her attorney said. “And the probability of her having recurrent problems is very high.”

Since Rejuvenate was introduced into the market in 2010, there have been more than 60 adverse event reports filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concerning the recalled medical device. The woman’s lawsuit was filed in New Jersey, the state where the hip replacement manufacturer is located.

Stryker has refused to comment on the lawsuit.

If you have suffered injuries and health complications due to a defective hip replacement, the hip replacement injury attorneys in Florida at Farah & Farah can explain your legal options and a devise a plan of action to ensure that your legal rights are protected.

If you believe you have a case, call us with your questions or concerns at (800) 533-3555.