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Patient sues company over allegedly defective hip replacement

Dale Kramer says Stryker Orthopedics failed to alert his doctor about problems with its prosthetic hip labeling

A man who says he suffered complications following a hip replacement is suing the company that made the allegedly faulty implant.

Dale Kramer underwent surgery in April 2011 to replace his hip with a prosthetic device manufactured by Stryker Orthopedics. Just 13 months later, Kramer claims, the artificial hip dislocated, causing him pain and instability and requiring a second surgery to fix the problem.

Kramer’s suit alleges that the pieces of his prosthetic hip were not matched correctly—a fact that the company had publicized in a product correction notice, but not shared with Kramer’s doctor.

Kramer is suing the company for unspecified damages, according to the Louisiana Record. He is not the only disgruntled plaintiff to accuse Stryker of failing to notify doctors about problems with its products, and last summer the company recalled several of its prosthetic products after it discovered that their metal parts were prone to corrosion.

For more InsideCounsel coverage of allegedly faulty implants, see:

Jury orders J&J to pay $8.3 million over defective hips, company now facing second trial

Case claims Johnson & Johnson knew about hip implant defects before recall

Government investigates J&J’s hip devices, surgical mesh

Johnson & Johnson concealed hip implant defects, lawyers say

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