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Stryker Wins Liability Lawsuit over Alleged Hip and Knee Replacement Implant Failure

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New York, NYA federal judge in New York has dismissed a product liability suit against Howmedica Osteonics, a subsidy of the Stryker Corporation, over allegations of hip and knee replacement failure.

The lawsuit was initially brought forward by Beverly Maxwell, who in 2004 underwent knee replacement surgery using Homedica's Duracon Total Knee System. In time, Maxwell began to develop a serious allergic reaction to the implant, which contained the element nickel, forcing her to undergo a second replacement surgery a year later.

Maxwell filed suit in the US District Court of Northern New York in 2007, claiming that the company manufactured a defective product and neglected to warn customers of the potential allergic reactions that could result from the replacements.

Earlier in the month, federal judge Glenn Suddbaby tossed the lawsuit out, claiming that Maxwell failed to demonstrate adequate proof of either a design defect or a lack of forewarning about possible side effects.

The judge attacked Maxwell's lack of information as to the average level of sensitivity to nickel and the industry-accepted levels of the metal in knee or hip replacements.

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i informed the surgeon that i was allergic to nickel, , and he said that very few have a problem with nickel. as it turned out I spent over a year having fluid drained about every 5 weeks, when normally its done no more than 3 or 4 times a year. he only did blood test for nickel after a year of pain & and swelling, including the 2nd knee replacement im on over 15 months of pain & suffering due to this mistake. is there any thing i can due as far as a law suit?

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From the very first day I got this knee, there has been never ending pain. I recieved this knee in Nov of 2007. It is so bad now that I can't strighten my knee and is very hard to walk. say nothing of the awful pain. It may even be infected. The upper part of the knee is backing out. My doctor said I could lose the leg in the bargin.


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