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FDA Announces Modernization of System that Approved Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

In November 2018, the FDA announced regulatory changes to modernize the way medical devices are tested and approved. The plan intends to ensure that companies use new technology for device designs that meet modern safety and performance criteria, replacing the FDA’s former 510(k) medical device approval standards that Congress legalized 42 years ago. Metal-on-metal hip replacements were …. Read More

Stryker LFIT V40 Settlement Reached

On Friday, November 2, 2018, a settlement was reached in Massachusetts federal court between Stryker Corp. and leadership counsel on behalf of plaintiffs seeking restitution from the company’s LIFT V40 hip implant component. The settlement—terms of which are confidential—resolves claims from certain lawsuits filed against the medical device company alleging that its femoral head component contributed …. Read More

Zimmer Hip MDL Established in the Southern District of New York

In early October 2018, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation formally decided to consolidate the over two dozen cases pending against Zimmer-Biomet, Inc. over its M/L Taper and VerSys femoral head—parts of a metal-on-metal hip replacement system. Complaints over the hip implant components similarly allege that the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis and Zimmer …. Read More

Stryker Expands LFIT V40 Safety Notification

Metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by Stryker Orthopedics have been the subject of safety alerts and recalls in the past several years. Since the company’s August 2016 notification concerning its LFIT V40 femoral head, indicating a higher-than-expected number of complaints concerning the device, Stryker has expanded its safety notification to include eight additional products that include …. Read More

The First Biomet M2a Metal-on-Metal Hip Trial Is Scheduled for September 2018

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida court will hear Biomet’s first trial concerning its M2a-Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacement device in September 2018. Like many other complaints lodged against metal-on-metal hip implant manufacturers, recipients of the Biomet device claim to have suffered injuries such as tissue damage and progressive pain leading to device replacement. If you or a …. Read More

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