Stryker Corp. has been hit with another lawsuit alleging that its LFIT V40 hip implant is defective, leading to premature loosening and painful disassociation.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had complications after hip replacement surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
February 15, 2017 – Plaintiff in the lawsuit received an Accolade TMZF femoral stem with an LFIT V40 Head during hip replacement surgery in March 2008. A few years later doctors discovered problems with the hip implant.
A blood test indicated that plaintiff’s levels of cobalt were elevated, which is a symptom of fretting and corrosion in the metal implant. A subsequent MRI revealed the presence of a large soft tissue mass. When metal components rub against each other, they can shed tiny metal ions into the surrounding joint and tissues, which can cause small pseudotumors or pockets of fluid.
The surgeon believed these complications were the result of corrosion at the junction between the Accolade TMZF and the LFIT V40 head, and the patient underwent hip revision surgery on January 13, 2015. During the procedure, the surgeon found chronic inflammation in the joint, adverse tissue reactions, corrosion and “trunnionosis,” corrosion that occurs between the metal surfaces at the head-neck junction of the implant.
After the surgeon separated the LFIT V40 head from the trunnion of the Accolade TMZF stem, he found “extensive corrosion present at this site” and deterioration of the trunnion, according to the lawsuit.
In August 2016, Stryker recalled certain sizes of the LFIT V40TM femoral heads after the company received higher than expected complaints of taper lock failure. Plaintiffs in the Alaska lawsuit allege that the recall came too late, and that Stryker Corp. failed to provide timely reports of complications linked to the components.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. Plaintiffs allege counts of negligence, defective design, manufacturing defect, and failure to warn against Stryker.
Do I Have a Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker Hip lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had problems after hip replacement surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.