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Stryker Hip Implant News: Rottenstein Law Group LLP Applauds Consumer Reports’ Call for Metal-on-Metal Hip Manufacturer Accountability
Date:9/12/2013

(PRWEB) September 12, 2013

Metal-on-metal hip implant patients are increasingly required to go under the knife for revision surgery that they must pay for, prompting the non-profit Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project to call for warranties guaranteed by the manufacturers of devices such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II. The Rottenstein Law Group LLP, which maintains a Stryker lawsuits and side effects website at http://www.stryker-lawyer.com, supports efforts that seek to hold device manufacturers accountable for allegedly defective products.

Metal-on-metal hip replacements were supposed to last longer than their ceramic and plastic counterparts, but data from several countries proved otherwise, according to a statement from the Consumers Union, the public policy branch of Consumer Reports magazine.* Of all the metal-on-metal hip replacement procedures performed in the United States, nearly 20 percent are revision surgeries (that is, surgeries that serve to fix problems with the devices), Consumers Union said.

The patients themselves or their insurance companies, including Medicare, often bear the cost of these revision surgeries, the statement said. Manufacturers have recalled several metal-on-metal hip implants. In 2012 Stryker recalled its ABG II and Rejuvenate devices.

“There are research studies, safety communications from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and countless claims in lawsuits that point to the severe alleged side effects associated with these products,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group LLP. “Any efforts to hold these firms accountable is worthy of praise and should serve as encouragement to those looking for compensation for suffering from these alleged side effects.”

Metal Poisoning
The Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate hip implant devices have been under FDA scrutiny, owing mostly to one alleged and serious adverse side effect: “metal poisoning,” or “metallosis.” According to the FDA,** metal ions could enter into the patient’s bloodstream because of friction from the devices’ metal parts. This could lead to potentially severe health problems. The need for painful and costly revision surgery, the primary concern of the Consumers Union’s statement, was another side effect discussed in an FDA safety communication.

A consolidation of about 200 federal Stryker lawsuits was formed in June 2013 in Minnesota. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the formation, referred to as a “multidistrict litigation,” according to court documents (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation; MDL-2441, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota).

The Rottenstein Law Group LLP represents clients in Stryker hip implant lawsuits. The firm encourages those who believe they have suffered from Stryker’s alleged side effects to visit the firm’s FAQ page to quickly learn more about Stryker side effects and lawsuits.

*consumersunion.org/news/consumers-union-calls-on-medical-device-makers-to-provide-warranties-for-hip-knee-implants/

**http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241604.htm

About THE ROTTENSTEIN LAW GROUP LLP
The Rottenstein Law Group LLP is a New York-based firm that represents clients nationwide in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective medical devices and medications. (Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

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