Iowa Resident Brings Suit Against Stryker For Damages Caused By Recalled Hip
NEW YORK -- February 21, 2013
Wendy Fleishman and Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff
Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Karla Krogman of West Des
Moines, Iowa, filed a lawsuit against Stryker Orthopaedics charging that the
company manufactured and sold a defective artificial hip implant, known as the
Rejuvenate System. In her complaint, Ms. Krogman seeks just compensation for
her injuries and damages due to the faulty Stryker hip implant, including
physical pain and mental anguish, past and future medical expenses, and lost
Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate hip implant, along with the ABG II Modular
Neck hip implant, in June 2012 due to "fretting and/or corrosion" in the
implant which may lead to an "adverse local tissue reaction, as well as
possible pain and/or swelling, in or around [the] hip." For Ms. Krogman, the
Stryker recall came too late.
Ms. Krogman was implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate device in her right hip
in February 2011. Soon thereafter, Ms. Krogman experienced significant pain
and discomfort, and was unable to continue her normal activities. Tests
revealed high levels of cobalt and chromium in her bloodstream, and fluid
build-up in her right hip. As a result, Ms. Krogman was forced to undergo
revision surgery to remove and replace the faulty Stryker hip in November
“The revision surgery from this defective device is incredibly painful, a
hundred times worse than the original total hip replacement surgery,” Ms.
Krogman stated. “I wish that Stryker had acted responsibly and been
transparent with patients.”
The lawsuit was filed today in state court in New Jersey, where Stryker’s
headquarters are located.
Alleged Defect In Stryker Rejuvenate And ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant
Most artificial hip implants consist of a one-piece neck and stem, and a cup.
Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II systems included multiple neck and stem
components that the surgeon could choose from. Stryker marketed the Rejuvenate
and ABG II systems as being the "next generation" and "latest evolution" in
their hip replacement product lines. Stryker began selling the Rejuvenate hip
system in 2009 and the ABG II hip system in 2010.
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II necks are made of chromium and cobalt, and
the stems are coated with titanium, creating a metal-on-metal junction. The
complaint charges that Stryker conducted no clinical testing on the safety and
effectiveness of either set of devices in hip replacement patients prior to
introducing them to the market.
“For nearly 30 years, corrosion and the release of metallic debris have been
noted in the medical literature as problems associated with artificial joints
manufactured with chromium, cobalt, and titanium,” stated Ms. Fleishman.
“Despite its awareness of these reports, the complaint alleges that Stryker
represented that the proprietary material in its hip implants avoided this
problem. Yet, it for this very reason – metallosis – that the Stryker
Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants have failed in many patients,” added Ms.
Legal Resources For Stryker Hip Patients
If you or a family member have experienced problems with a Stryker Rejuvenate
Modular Primary Hip System or a Stryker ABG II Modular Hip System replacement
implant, or have been told your implant should be replaced, pleasecontact
Lieff Cabraser. Or you may call us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to
speak to attorney Wendy Fleishman or Lexi J. Hazam.
We welcome the opportunity to review your claim. We will respond promptly and
there is no charge or obligation on your part for our evaluation of your case.
In addition to representing clients in the Stryker hip litigation, Lieff
Cabraser represents hip replacement patients nationwide in lawsuits to obtain
compensation for their injuries caused by the recalled DePuy ASR artificial
hip, theDePuy Pinnaclehip implant with a metal liner (called the Ultamet
metal liner), and theWright Profemur-Z hip system manufactured with metal
About Lieff Cabraser
Recognized as "one of the nation's premier plaintiffs’ firms" byThe American
Lawyer, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a sixty-plus attorney law
firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville.
Since 2003,The National Law Journalhas selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the
top plaintiffs' law firms in the nation. We are one of only two plaintiffs'
law firms in the United States to receive this honor for the last ten
consecutive years. Best LawyersandU.S. Newsnamed Lieff Cabraser as their
2012 "Law Firm of the Year" for representing plaintiffs in class actions and
The Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the ABG II Modular Hip System
are trademarks of Stryker Corporation. The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular, ASR Hip
Resurfacing, and Pinnacle systems are trademarks of DePuy Orthopaedics and
Johnson & Johnson Company. The Wright Profemur-Z is a trademark of Wright
Medical. These trademarks are used for informational and product
identification purposes only. Lieff Cabraser is not affiliated with Stryker,
DePuy, Johnson & Johnson, or Wright, and nothing on this website is authorized
or approved by Stryker Corporation, DePuy Orthopaedics, Johnson & Johnson
Company, or Wright Medical.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Wendy R. Fleishman, 212-355-9500
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