Peter J. Flowers selected as Co-Lead Counsel of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in Stryker v40 Hip Replacement Recall Multidistrict Litigation
Peter J. Flowers, of Meyers & Flowers, a Chicago-based law firm, was designated Co-Lead Counsel of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2768). The case was consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) into Federal Court in the District of Massachusetts. The Boston-based MDL No. 2768 was formed to hear products liability litigation for the Howmedica Osteonics Corporation’s prosthetic hip replacement device known as the LFIT V40 Femoral Head.
The LFIT V40 Femoral Head is a widely-used component for hip replacement surgery in the United States. The FDA announced a recall of certain variations of these devices in Fall of 2016. A recall was also issued by the Canadian public health agency and the Australian Government Department of Health published a Hazard Alert about the hip devices. Although the recall is limited to certain sizes and variations of these devices, Meyers & Flowers is currently investigating all cases in which these devices were used.
“The Stryker LFIT V40 patients are the latest victims of Stryker and Howmedica’s defective hip replacement devices,” said Flowers, Co-Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee. “More than 40,000 patients are potentially at risk of being injured or suffering from crippling complications due to these femoral head failures. I am honored to represent these patients as the co-lead of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee as we protect their rights as patients and help them heal and rebuild their lives.”
Howmedica advised orthopedic surgeons of a higher than expected level of taper lock failures for certain sizes of its LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads. The taper lock is the portion of the hip replacement device that connects the femoral head (a ball joint) to the femoral neck (a lower section of joint). The recall outlined several potential hazards which may be caused by the LFIT V40 including the following:
- Pain requiring revision
- Inflammatory response
- Adverse local tissue reaction
- Loss of mobility
- Joint instability
- Revision to alleviate hazardous situation
- Pain associated with implant loosening
- Periprosthetic fracture
- User annoyance
- Leg length discrepancy
Mr. Flowers has spent decades litigating for patients in cases against Stryker, Howmedica and similar device manufacturers for their defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He and the Meyers & Flowers team have helped thousands and thousands of victims who were injured by defective hip replacements by representing them in nationwide lawsuits against international medical device manufacturers such as Depuy Orthopedics of Johnson & Johnson, Wright Medical Technology, and Zimmer, Inc.
“Howmedica’s long history of hip replacement device failures is disgraceful. As the Company continues to put profit and share-holder value before their patients, our sisters, brothers, cousins, parents and grandparents needlessly suffer the consequences,” Flowers said.
The Stryker LFIT V40 metal femoral heads were widely distributed and may affect tens of thousands of people throughout the United States. If you have had a hip replacement surgery and you suspect that one of these LFIT V40 Femoral Head was implanted in your hip, it is important that you contact our office right away. As a leading firm in this litigation, one of our experienced hip implant attorneys will review your case to determine whether you are among those whose rights may be affected.
Meyers & Flowers is nationally recognized for our expertise in defective metal hip replacement implant litigation; we can help. Contact us online, at 877-221-2511 or request a free case evaluation online.