Stryker STAR Ankle Replacement Devices
Defective Medical Device Lawyers for Stryker STAR Ankle Replacement Failures
On March 15, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory regarding the risks associated with Stryker’s Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) devices. The FDA’s advisory applies to all Stryker STAR ankle replacement devices, “regardless of the date of manufacture or distribution.”
If your Stryker STAR ankle replacement device has failed, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our firm has handled numerous cases against Stryker, which unfortunately has a long history of selling dangerous and defective medical devices. Our defective medical device lawyers can assess your legal rights; and, if you have a claim against Stryker, we can seek compensation on your behalf.
Why Has the FDA Issued a Warning Regarding STAR Ankle Replacement Devices?
The FDA is warning of a “higher than expected risk of the polyethylene (plastic) component of [Stryker STAR devices] breaking . . . as early as three to four years after implantation.” According to the FDA, patients with active lifestyles who are younger than 55 years old and have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis may be at increased risk for having their Stryker STAR devices fail; however, failure is a risk for all implant recipients.
How Do Stryker STAR Ankle Replacement Devices Fail?
The high risk of failure associated with Stryker STAR ankle replacement devices has been linked to a variety of different factors. The FDA reports that STAR device failures may be attributable to one or more of the following:
- Defective design (the plastic component of the device is too thin)
- Improper choice of materials (the plastic used in Stryker STAR devices can degrade over time)
- Surgical errors (improper implantation of the device)
- Patient-related factors (certain patient populations may be at a greater risk of having the device fail)
What are Your Legal Rights if Your Stryker STAR Ankle Replacement Device Fails?
If your Stryker STAR ankle replacement device has failed (whether due to the plastic component breaking or due to any other factor) you may be entitled to financial compensation. Typically, an additional surgical procedure is necessary to repair or replace the device. This surgery can entail significant costs and additional risk of complications. Our defective medical device lawyers can seek compensation for your medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other losses.
How Do You Seek Compensation for a Stryker STAR Ankle Replacement Device Failure?
In order to seek compensation for a Stryker STAR ankle replacement device failure, you should consult with a lawyer promptly. Our defective medical device lawyers are available to speak with you 24/7, and we are currently accepting cases against Stryker nationwide.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today with our Defective Medical Device Lawyers
Do you need to speak with a lawyer about seeking financial compensation for a Stryker STAR ankle replacement device failure? If so, we encourage you to contact us promptly. To discuss your legal rights with a defective medical device lawyer at Searcy Denney, call 800-780-8607 or request a free consultation online now.