Texas Man Files Lawsuit After Three Stryker Hip Dislocations
On July 5, 2012, Mel Harrison filed a Stryker hip implant lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston). Harrison’s case named as defendants Stryker Corporation, Stryker Sales Corporation, and Howmedica Osteonics Corp. The plaintiff’s case was filed in federal court because his Stryker hip complications claim meets the requirements for diversity and amount in controversy (in excess of $75,000).
Stryker hip implant lawsuit plaintiff suffers pain after surgery
Harrison, a 44-year-old corrections officer, is a resident of Texas. After being diagnosed with severe left hip degenerative joint disease, Harrison underwent a left hip arthroplasty on November 29, 2010. During surgery, the plaintiff was implanted with Stryker’s Alumina Ceramic V40TM Femoral Head device.
However, his Stryker hip implant lawsuit claims that, “Despite following all of his surgeon’s instructions after his surgery including rehabilitative programs, [Harrison] began to experience incrementally increasing levels of pain in his left hip.”
Three hip dislocations lead to total hip replacement
On December 2, 2010, Harrison woke up to excruciating hip pain from a dislocated hip. After spending a day in the hospital, the plaintiff returned home, where his hip dislocated for a second time. He returned to the hospital. On December 16, 2011, his hip dislocated for a third time, and again Harrison was rushed to the emergency room.
According to his claim, “During his follow-up appointment with his surgeon, Mr. Harrison was advised that advised that acetabular components used in his surgery were defective and his surgeon recommended a revision surgery.”
During the following months, Harrison was required to stay in bed and avoid any movement. The plaintiff reportedly became paranoid and depressed, and worried that he would never regain independence or walk normally again. He was medicated for extreme mental anguish. He was forced to submit to a total revision hip replacement surgery.
Implant should have been included in Stryker Trident hip recall
In his Stryker hip implant lawsuit, Harrison claims that the manufacturer was aware of possible problems with its hip devices for years before he underwent his initial hip surgery. On January 22, 2008, the company issued a Stryker Trident hip recall for certain Trident PSL and Hemispherical Shells manufactured in their Cork, Ireland facilities.
Harrison’s complaint states that, “The cup implanted into Plaintiff’s body should have been included in the recall. According to publicly available information on the FDA website, the recall included all lots of the Trident Hemispherical Acetabular Shells.”
Harrison charges Stryker with strict liability, unreasonable dangerousness, failure to exercise ordinary care, negligence, breach of express and implied warranties, and violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).
He requests damages for physical pain, mental suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, medical bills, attorneys’ fees, and court costs.