For many people, hip replacements and implants allow for greater mobility, less pain and overall a better quality of life. However, when they malfunction, they can cause tremendous pain and other complications. Once such implant, the Stryker LFIT V40, has been recalled due to numerous complaints.
If you have such an implant, call the Stryker hip attorneys at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene today at (800) 916-8108 for a free consultation. We will review the details of your case and help you figure out what the next step in the legal process is. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of a defective product. Let us fight on your behalf.
In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall for Stryker LFIT Anatomic V40 femoral heads. This recall affects femoral heads implanted between 2006 and 2012. The issue with these heads is that there is a higher than expected incidence of taper lock failures. This is the part of the implant that connects the femoral head (akin to the “ball” part of the anatomic ball-and-joint) to the femoral neck.
Stryker designed the LFIT (Low Friction Ion Treatment) heads to reduce friction and other issues that are common in hip replacements. According to the company, the new heads would:
However, Stryker received an abnormally high number of complaints and reports of these implants failing. As such, a recall was issued. After medical research was conducted, it was discovered that the heads were connected to the necks with cobalt and chromium, which may gradually wear away over time. This can poison the surrounding tissues, weaken the junction and, in some cases, the head can completely disconnect from the rest of the implant.
The victims of failed taper locks reported:
Stryker has dealt with defective hip replacement lawsuits for decades. Most recently, they settled a lawsuit regarding hip replacement parts similar to the LFIT V40 femoral heads. Within the settlement, Stryker agreed to pay at least $1 billion to thousands of plaintiffs in various parts of the country, and agreed to compensate additional plaintiffs who stepped forward. The biggest awards went to victims who needed revision surgery; they were awarded $300,000.
The company has a long history of releasing defective products, and the LFIT V40 is no different. Current lawsuits are being filed against Stryker, claiming the company knowingly sold defective hip implants and other products. These products put victims at risk of painful, dangerous and often debilitating side effects.
At least tens of thousands of patients who received hip implants between 2006 and 2014 may be at risk, since Stryker is one of the largest manufacturers of these products. It’s important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible about your potential case.
One of the major issues with filing a lawsuit against Stryker is the simple fact that potential victims may not know they have one of their implants. It’s common for those who receive hip implants to not know what brand or make of implant they have. An experienced Stryker hip implant attorney can assist in the discovery process.
When you hire an attorney, they can look at all the evidence, including your medical records (if they are provided by you) to find out what kind of implant was used in your procedure. From there, they can help you figure out the full extent of the damage the implant has caused, and help you move forward with any kind of legal action.
Often, one of the biggest concerns is paying for an attorney. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we don’t get paid unless you do. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we are paid from the settlement, not from your pocket. There are no upfront costs; the only thing you need to worry about is getting better after your injury from a defective Stryker hip implant.
If you have been implanted with a defective Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head, call us today at (800) 916-8108 or contact us online for a free consultation. We will help you determine if you have a case, and whether or not you should be part of a class action lawsuit against Stryker. Let us fight for justice to right the wrong that has been committed against you.