Stryker Must Defend Massachusetts Class Action Lawsuit Over Trident Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits against medical device manufacturer Stryker continue over its recalled Trident hip implant system which has forced injured victims to undergo further costly and painful revision surgery. Although the company has sought to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed against it on behalf of Massachusetts residents with defective Trident implants, a federal judge recently ruled that Stryker must defend the allegations made against it.

Stryker Trident Hemispherical Acetabular Shells At Issue

According to an article in Mass Device, a class action lawsuit was filed against Stryker on behalf of “all Massachusetts residents who have undergone total hip arthroplasty since 2003 using the defendants’ Trident System containing Trident Hemispherical Acetabular Shells, and who have experienced a failure of said Trident System.”

The lawsuit alleges that Stryker was negligent for manufacturing and distributing its defective product, which has resulted in users having to:

  • Undergo painful revision surgery of the replaced hip joint
  • Experience pain and/or discomfort in the replaced hip joint area
  • Live with an often very audible and continual ‘squeaking’ sound which emanates from the affected area.

One of the plaintiffs in the class action alleges that he underwent a double hip replacement using the company’s Trident System. However, the System became loose “due to bone in growth that was inhibited on the devices over contamination,” and he had to undergo yet another round of revision surgeries for both of his hips last year.

Recall After Recall

Stryker has had to recall many products over the past few years. Its Trident System was recalled in 2008 when, according to Mass Device, “deviations between specifications and processes for manufacturing required by the FDA whereby, among other failures, excessive bio burden and manufacturing residuals were found in the final rinse tank thereby contaminating the devices.” In 2012, the company recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II implant systems under pressure from the FDA, which had received adverse event reports of fretting, corrosion and other Stryker hip related injuries.

If you’ve been injured by Stryker’s Trident Hemispherical Acetabular, Rejuvenate or ABG II implant systems, contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC, to evaluate whether you might be entitled to damages due to Stryker’s alleged failures to manufacture safe products and warn consumers about known defects. We’ve recovered over $170 million for our clients who have suffered injuries – and we are always prepared to take your case to trial when a company fails to offer a reasonable settlement.

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