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CerviCore Class Action Lawsuit Filed Alleging Injury and Suffering


St. Louis, MO: Stryker Howmedica is facing a defective products class action lawsuit filed by 14 plaintiffs who allege Howmedica Osteonics Corp. (dba Stryker Spine), trial device called CerviCore, caused them injury and grave harm. The CerviCore device is an experimental metal-on-metal device that was implanted in between two cervical spine vertebrae. Stryker claims the device as an alternative to traditional fusion surgery.

The lawsuit, Case 3:14-cv-00430-DRH-PMF filed in 7th District Federal Court - Southern District of Illinois, alleges the plaintiffs are all suffering from symptoms of metallosis and that Stryker either will not conduct proper metal exposure testing or conducted testing and will not release the results. The symptoms are very similar to the metallosis alleged to be caused by Stryker replacement hips.

The lawsuit states that nine of the 12 plaintiffs underwent surgery to install the device, as part of an experimental trial Stryker was conducting. An additional four plaintiffs are spouses of the original nine who allege they have suffered as a result of their husband' or wife' suffering.

The lawsuit further claims that Stryker / Howmedica abandoned the plaintiffs, stating that in most cases, the company sent a representative saying Stryker wanted to continue the CerviCore study, then, shortly after they signed new waivers, it abruptly ended the entire study and stopped monitoring their conditions.

According to study documents, up to 400 people may have been part of the trail, with around 200 of them receiving the CerviCore device. The number of patients who underwent the procedure and who are suffering is not known.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for all the medical expenses, the lost work time, and the pain and suffering each person has endured. The lawsuit asks the court to punish Stryker / Howmedica and send a message that the way it treated these people is unacceptable.

Plaintiffs are represented by Zoll, Kranz & Borgess, LLC.

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Patricia G. Holdreith
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I also was in the trials. Have had reoccurring neck pain, pains in the back of my head and headaches that I never had before surgery. I've had one series of shots in my neck that were so painful I never went back.
Most everyday I have to lay down with heat for a hour or two because of pain and discomfort. My doctor doesn't seem to interested now that the study ended.
Recently my right thumb has pain when doing the simplest tasks, that's what prompted me to research whether there were issues with the implant. Now I'm scared of what the future holds for those of us with the implant.

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