Lawsuits Mounting for ABG II Recall Incident
2012 was not a good year for people who have undergone artificial hip implant because of the ABG II Recall issue. Stryker Corporation, the company which manufactured the ABG II Modular Neck – Hip Stems, gave a safety warning to hospitals and surgeons regarding the potential risk of using their hip implant product to the patients. Currently, the company has ceased to produce the ABG II Modular Neck – Hip Stems. Since its recall, the lawsuits against the Stryker Corporation have been piling up. Another company, DePuy, is also being sued because most patients who received a hip implant using DePuy’s Pinnacle Hip Solution is now suffering from pain, swelling and negative complications.
Why are these Hip Implant Systems Being Recalled?
The ABG II hip implant system was recalled because Stryker Corporation found out that their product can undergo corrosion and fretting, which means that it can fatally harm the patient. The most serious complication can lead to metal poisoning and even tissue and bone death. There have been many patients who have undergone revision surgery because of this device flaw. Many also fear that because of the metal on metal hip replacement, their bloodstream or tissues are being filled with cobalt and chromium, which is a major component of the device. Hip swelling and pain are common among patients who have received the ABG II Hip Replacement System. This is clearly a medical device failure that was sadly overlooked by the Stryker Corporation.
Lawsuits Against Stryker Corporation
Now that almost everyone has heard of the ABG II Recall, hospitals and the FDA have been receiving a lot of complaints and reports about the adverse effects of the ABG II hip implant system. These people are very angry because instead of being able to walk normally again, they are now suffering from constant pain, fractures, bone and tissue loss. The patients accuse the company of being negligent and continuously selling a product which is not 100% safe to be used by patients. Others say that the company was seriously misleading about their Hip Replacement System. The common lawsuit being filed is the Personal Injury lawsuit where a patient can seek compensation for the expenses incurred for their revision surgery and treatment, wages lost and damages as well as for the suffering and traumatic pain.
Are You a Victim of this Health Care Incident?
If you are a victim of the ABG II Recall or other similar hip recall device cases, then you can also file a lawsuit against the company which manufactured the hip replacement device. It is your right to seek compensation because you’ve been promised to be given a hip replacement procedure that can get rid of all your problems. However, since you were given a device that can be a potential health hazard, you should file a complaint and lawsuit. Hip replacement surgery is very expensive and undergoing another revision surgery will not only drain you financially but physically and emotionally as well.
If you have undergone a hip replacement surgery, you should check your medical records and find out if the device used came from Stryker or DePuy. Sometimes, the device can be listed under a different product name so you have to look closely.
The ABG II Recall incident is a serious matter which should not be taken lightly. Health issues like these can be a hard blow to the medical community because people may begin to doubt and question the credibility of some hospitals, surgeons and medical devices.