According to the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly (11/17/16), plaintiff Janice Gulluscio underwent a complete replacement procedure to her right hip in September, 2003. She received the Trident Acetabular System, a product manufactured by Stryker Corp., a leading supplier of artificial hips and other medical devices.
In February of 2013, less than ten years after the initial procedure, Gulluscio suffered what has been alleged in court documents as a failure of the Trident hip system, resulting in a fall. Injuries alleged to have been sustained by the plaintiff included a broken wrist, a fracture to her spine, and a broken tooth together with various bruises and contusions.
In response to the allegedly failed hip implant, Gulluscio underwent a second procedure to remove the Trident implant and replace it.
Once recovered, Gulluscio called her hip replacement lawyer.
Artificial hips have, historically, promoted a useful lifespan of 15 years with normal use. A more recent breed of artificial hips, featuring the inclusion of different materials, were designed to take advantage of a growing market given the aging Baby Boomers, and in consideration of a demographic that is increasingly more active later in life than a previous generation.
To that end the more recent-generation hip replacements were designed to complement a more active lifestyle with a lifespan exceeding 15 years.
For Gulluscio, that wasn’t the case. The plaintiff alleges in her hip failure lawsuit that her Stryker trident Systems hip failed prematurely, leading not only to pain from injuries she sustained in the fall, but also the pain and inconvenience associated with having to go through revision surgery. Such procedures can be more complex, and risk greater complication, than the initial surgery.
Gulluscio launched a hip replacement lawsuit against Stryker Sales Corp., Stryker Sustainability Solutions and Stryker Orthopedics Corp., alleging the defendants were negligent in the design, manufacture and marketing of the Trident Hip she received. The plaintiff also alleged failure to warn, together with breach of express and implied warranties that the Trident system was safe and effective.
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The Court disagreed. US District Court Judge William E. Smith ruled that in the view of the Court the complainant had provided sufficient factual evidence to suggest the allegedly defective device caused her injuries and that the defendants were aware of the alleged defect, continuing to manufacture and sell the allegedly defective system nonetheless.
“Reading the Complaint in the light most favorable to Plaintiff, this Court…finds that Plaintiff has alleged sufficient facts to state a plausible claim for relief for each of her claims,” the judge wrote in his seven-page ruling – allowing the Hip Replacement Implant Failure lawsuit to move forward.