As attorneys, we are often called about products that are defective. Sometimes the facts are shocking. We hear about a product and how it malfunctioned or failed and caused huge injuries. At times, that failing product is a singular model. Other times it is simply a defective design that dooms all the products. It is in this second case that the multiple plaintiff cases and class actions are born. There are instances when a product failure creates no real calls to attorneys, even from the injured patients. Yet, when the product is really bad, the phone rings off the hook.
This is the case with the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Recall of last summer. The phone has not stopped for months with stories of people who have experienced terrible pain and fluid buildup in their implant site. Literally thousands of hip implant surgeries were performed in South Florida. Our older population made our market a fertile ground for this failed implant. When the implant was first approved it was hailed as a breakthrough technology. But, like many things that are improperly tested and brought to market without adequate testing, it failed in what became human guinea pig trials. Who knew that ultra small metallic particles were being rubbed off and released into the surrounding tissue causing metal poisoning, tumors and bone destruction? Sadly, no one figured it out in the testing phase, which was rushed, assuming to beat competitors to market. Of course, Stryker did not admit fault in this matter, but after so many hips failed, they finally, on June 6, 2012 recalled the entire product.
Due to the overwhelming need in the market, our firm has geared up to focus on hip replacement cases. We are working with a combination of other attorneys who are also focusing on hip replacement cases to handle the discovery and other litigation tactics in a well organized group. Stryker is a powerful company and they will not make any individual case easy. Our group is going to act with laser beam intensity to bring these cases to what I like to call a Point of Justice. That is where our client is either paid the right amount of money in a settlement or a jury awards our client the complete amount they are entitled too. We are advising everyone who has had any Stryker artificial hip surgery to call our office upon the first feeling of pain, popping, noise, swelling or any changes in your blood metal levels, which special attention paid to the cobalt and chromium levels. You are entitled to bring that claim.