Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuit Claims Failed Hip Implant Caused Metal Poisoning


Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuit Filings Allege Failure Of Femoral Head Causes Pain, Joint Instability, Blood Metal Poisoning And Other Complications.

stryker-hip-femoral-head-lawsuitA Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Massachusetts man who said he suffered blood metal poisoning when his hip implant components failed. Howmedica Osteonics Corp., doing business as Stryker Orthopaedics (Stryker) is a defendant in the complaint over the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral head which the company recalled last year. Plaintiffs in similar lawsuits allege failure of Stryker’s recalled femoral head causes debilitating pain, inflammation, metal poisoning, tissue damage, and other serious injuries. (In Re: Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation – Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuit MDL No. 2768)

“The complaints also state that due to the serious nature of these injuries, plaintiffs were forced to have invasive surgery to remove the hip implant,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.

The attorneys at Southern Med Law are evaluating potential lawsuits involving Stryker’s recalled LFIT V40 Femoral Head. The device is found in Accolade TMZF, Accolade 2, Meridian, and Citation stems manufactured from 2009-2011. If you have been injured by a failing hip implant involving these Stryker components, you can arrange for a free, no obligation Stryker Femoral Head recall lawsuit evaluation by calling Southern Med Law today, at 205-547-5525 or for more information, you can visit for more information.

According to the Stryker lawsuit, the Massachusetts man was implanted with the Accolade TMZF Plus hip stem and LFIT V40 femoral head in March 2008. Earlier this year, the man experienced pain from the hip implant. A blood test was taken and cobalt was found in his blood, the lawsuit said. The man had surgery in April to remove the components. The lawsuit states that Stryker claims the Accolade TMZF, made up of titanium alloy and other materials, and the LFIT V40 Femoral head, made up of cobalt and chromium alloy, were compatible without concern for fretting and corrosion. Despite Stryker’s claims, this material combination can lead to corrosion, and the metal debris can circulate in the blood and cause metal poisoning, the lawsuit says. (Case No. 1:17-cv-10815, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts)

This Stryker complaint was filed on May 9 in the District of Massachusetts where a multidistrict litigation was established for all federal lawsuits involving Stryker’s recalled LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads. In April, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated the cases for coordinated pretrial proceedings. The JPML found the complaints had common allegations of the LFIT V40 Femoral Head’s taper lock failure causes serious complications that require patients to undergo surgery to remove the device. (In Re: Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation – Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuits MDL No. 2768)

In August 2016, Stryker voluntarily recalled certain sizes of its LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads made prior to 2011 after receiving a higher than expected number of complaints of taper lock failure. The taper lock connects the femoral head to the femoral neck. According to Stryker, taper lock failure leads to the femoral head coming apart from the hip stem. As a result, patients undergo surgery to remove the components.

The LFIT V40 femoral heads received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Under the FDA’s 510(k) process, medical device manufacturers are not required to conduct clinical trials if their devices are shown to be substantially equivalent to another FDA-approved device that is already on the market.

About Southern Med Law And Filing A Stryker Femoral Head Recall Lawsuit

Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in defective medical device recall lawsuits like those with Stryker LFIT femoral heads. They are not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.

Southern Med Law
François M. Blaudeau, MD JD FACHE FCLM Esquire
2224 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: 205-547-5525
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