Products that are mass produced can harm tens, hundreds, or even thousands of community members if mistakes are made during the manufacturing or designing process. For that reason it is entirely reasonable for those who make these products to be held to high standards to ensure community members are kept safe. One key reason for this is that most consumers have no reasonable way to determine the safety of the products.
That is particularly true when it comes to things like medical devices. Many seniors and nursing home residents seek out medical care for varous injuires and ailments. When visiting those professionals it is not common to second-guess everything said or done by the doctor. Of course, reasonable inquiry is helpful, but at the end of the day most patients rely on the expertise of their doctors. That includes relying on the quality of the products used by the doctors when performing their work. But if those materials are not up to quality standards, then medical patients might be seriously harmed in preventable ways as a result. This is never acceptable, and it is crucial for those hurt in these sorts of medical device incidents to demand accountability.
Stryker Hip Corrosion Problems
This issue was prominently on display recently in one instance which might have affected local seniors. Many people have problems with their hips as they age, and they are often advised on the potential benefits of a hip replacement. This involves surgery where an articial hip replacement device is installed inside the body. When everything goes according to plan, the replacement surgery can have very clear benefits for the patient. However, if problem develop, the replacement can turn into a nightmare.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to some seniors who received the now-recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. These products, it is now known, posed high risks of metal corrosion. The metal on the devices, once corroded, cause a range of problems. That includes anything from ion metal poisoning to the ultimate failure of the device. These problems cause serious pain, mobility problems, and often require risky revision surgery. Sadly, a growing number of people have reported these issues. The rising tally of problems led the prodcut to be recalled this summer.
In the aftermath of the Stryker hip recall, those affected slowly began seeking out legal help to ensure there was accountability and compensation following the problems with defective hip replacement systems. Some of those lawsuits are just now being filed, though many community members are just now learning about the situation and seeking out attorneys. Part of those initial suits involve suggestions that the company might have known about the corrosion risks early on. The products were not recalled until July, but a May study showed clearly that the metal used in the products had a very high risk of problems.
The lawyer at our firm are working closely with those affected by hip recalls, including those stemming from these Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG III products. If you or a loved one may have been affected, please reach out to our office at any time to see how we can help.
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