While lawsuits by Americans continue to be filed and resolved over hip implant systems made by Johnson & Johnson and other huge corporations, in countries like the UK and India, where the implant systems are quite common, it has been much harder to obtain justice and compensation for victims.
A bellwether trial on October 23, 2017 will structure arguments for future matters pertaining to faulty IVC filter devices. This case is relevant for victims of faulty IVC filters because it will determine whether the manufacturer was negligent in selling and producing a product that has allegedly caused a number of injuries and fatalities.
In 2010, the FDA issued a safety warning over inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, a type of vascular filter implanted into the heart by radiologists or surgeons in order to presumably prevent life-threatening pulmonary emboli (PEs). In the years following the warning, the rate of implantation slowed, although it is still more than 10x higher than in Europe.
Green, Schafle & Gibbs represents a Pittsburgh couple who are suing Howmedica Osteonics Corporation d/b/a Stryker Orthopaedics for a defective hip implant. Attorneys Michael Schafle and Jon Acklen filed a complaint on behalf of their clients last month in US District Court alleging that Stryker’s hip implant had a design defect and failed.