On April 5, 2017, the US Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML) consolidated over 30 Stryker hip implant lawsuits to a Massachusetts federal court, allowing the collection of lawsuits to be heard by a single judge. These lawsuits were originally filed in 17 different districts, but due to their many similarities, the JPML approved multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Boston. Stryker has made recent medical headlines due to serious health issues arising from a series of their metal-on-metal hip implants, most notably, the LFIT Anatomic CoCR V40 femoral head.
Stryker Hip Implant Malfunctions & Corrective Surgeries
The LFIT Anatomic CoCR V40 femoral head, manufactured by Stryker, has been associated with pain, discomfort, immobility, and a number of other malfunctions. These femoral heads are often paired with other hip implant products manufactured by Stryker. The Accolade TMZF and Accolade 2 stems, for example, are often used in concert with the LFIT V40 head. Many of the malfunctions associated with these Stryker hip implant products have required plaintiffs to undergo corrective surgeries. Due to complications due to these hip implants, Stryker recalled the LFIT V40 femoral heads in August of 2016.
Stryker Hip Implant "Taper Lock" Issues
Specifically, the hip implants have been found to be corrosive, have led to serious tissue damage, and Stryker has had a number of complaints focusing on “taper lock failure” issues. In an effort to reduce the scope of these lawsuits, Stryker requested only those lawsuits that focus on “taper lock” issues be consolidated in the MDL. But, because of the variety of complications associated with the Stryker LFIT V40 hip implant, the JPML decided that even hip implants that were not recalled by Stryker will also be included.
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