Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuit News: Lead Counsel Committee Chairperson
Designated Attorney Peter J. Flowers of Meyers & Flowers
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 11/07/13 -- The Plaintiffs' Lead
Counsel Committee Chairperson, Peter J. Flowers, of Meyers & Flowers,
a Chicago-based law firm, was designated in the Stryker hip
replacement lawsuit according to a Federal court order filed on
November 5, 2013 in the United States District Court of Minnesota.
The Stryker hip replacement recall lawsuit could potentially be one
of the largest medical device lawsuits in the United States. Stryker
Orthopaedics has estimated costs to be up to $1.2 billion in their
exposure of 31,000 devices released for a period of two and half
years in America before a voluntary recall in July 2012.
Flowers will head the Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel Committee representing
five other law firms in litigation throughout the United States for
thousands of clients who have allegedly suffered serious
complications and injuries from the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and
ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems.
"This is a big problem, many of my clients are CEOs of Fortune 500
companies and their business lives, not to mention their personal
lives, have been destroyed by the painful injuries, revision
surgeries and inordinate post-surgery recovery," Flowers said. "These
defective medical devices have deteriorated so many lives. My clients
who are single mothers are laid up in bed for months after multiple
surgeries, fractured femurs, severe pain and worse can no longer care
for their families."
Flowers has been handling cases against Stryker since 2010 when he
began to receive complaints from victims suffering from issues
related to the hip replacement devices, similar to the complications
from the metal-on-metal friction he was dealing with in the Depuy
Orthopedics of Johnson & Johnson recall lawsuit. Flowers was not
surprised when the Stryker recall was announced in July 2012 because
he was already representing clients suffering from these devices,
while the company was still continuing to sell them.
The Stryker hip replacement devices have four components: femoral
stem, modular neck, ball and acetabular cup. These are metal
components that caused friction and metal shards to release toxins
into the blood stream of these implanted patients.
Also, when the hip replacement is performed the stem is implanted in
the femur bone. Consequently when it fails or needs to be removed the
femur bone often is fractured, which prevents patients from being
able to walk for six to eight months and these awful side effects are
compiled on an already painful surgery and long course of
"For a period of about five years, the medical device industry has
flooded their products on the FDA so they could make large profits
and in the process has injured thousands of people," Flowers said.
"We are recovering money that this company has essentially stolen
from the people, the economy, the government and all injured
These Stryker hip replacement devices were both approved by a 510(k)
through the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which means the
device is categorized as "substantially equivalent" to other devices
on the market and is not subjected to testing or clinical studies
before being implanted in patients. Stryker did conduct post-market
surveillance that surfaced the modular-neck stem was susceptible to
corrosion. Known complications include:
-- Blood toxicity from metal debris, potentially resulting in chronic pain,
inflammation, loss of vision or hearing, gastrointestinal disorders,
cardiovascular issues, and more
-- Death of surrounding tissue (necrosis)
-- Hip dislocation
-- Broken bones around the site of the implant
"The next steps include leading the discovery and depositions to
uncover the real story that led to the Stryker recall," Flowers said.
"We will be collecting the testimonies of our clients from across the
country and working with law firms representing these victims to
ensure that we get them the compensation and justice they deserve."
As the Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel Committee Chairperson, Flowers will
oversee and direct federal litigation representing thousands of
clients and law firms involved around the country. The Plaintiffs'
Lead Counsel Committee Members represent five other law firms
spanning the United States.
For more information, visit http://www.strykerhipimplantlawyer.com
About Meyers & Flowers
Meyers & Flowers is a Top Law Firm in Chicago, boasting experienced,
knowledgeable trial attorneys with a long resume of victories and
large awards for our clients. Meyers & Flowers are currently
representing clients from across the country in litigation against
Stryker over injuries sustained from using their Rejuvenate and ABG
II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. Stryker failed to inform our clients and
their physicians of the dangers of their devices and, as a result,
they suffered a variety of injuries and great pain. Meyers & Flowers
has the expertise and experience to pursue the prosecution of
large-scale litigation. Our attorneys have successfully won mass
settlement cases against negligent or criminal device manufacturers.
About Peter Flowers
Attorney Peter J. Flowers is partner in the firm of Meyers & Flowers
in Chicago. He has represented countless families whose lives have
been tragically changed because of medical malpractice, catastrophic
injuries from workplace injuries and automobile accidents, and from
defective products. His hands-on approach to litigation has earned
Flowers tremendous results and numerous honors over the years. He's
been named an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of medical
malpractice, and recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by his
peers, a distinction earned by only 5% of the state's lawyers. He is
a member of both the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, for resolving
many cases in excess of $1 million, and the elite Verdict Club
Society, which includes top attorneys from around the United States.
Pete is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
and over the years has served in a number of leadership positions.
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