After DePuy Hip Implant it is now the turn for Stryker, as a Florida based plaintiff, Harvey A. Schneider, filed a lawsuit on 20th of January due to an injury sustained after using Stryker Trident hip implant.

The plaintiff filed his Stryker hip litigation in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, in Manatee County, Florida. However, on May 21, 2012, the defendant moved the case to federal court in the Middle District of Florida. The defendant in the case Howmedica Osteonics Corp has however ruled out all of the allegations and said that the plaintiff has no basis for liability against the surgeon and all charges were framed fraudulently and intentionally.

Stryker received a warning letter from the FDA in 2007 that describes how they failed to resolve the issues that were present with the device. The letter also includes complaints that the Trident PSL and Trident Hemispherical Cups had poor fixation and they failed to function properly.

In order to testify and judge the quality of the device many samples were taken. Samples from the packing areas of the devices showed many evidences of Staphylococcus and the letter warned that the company failed to identify the root causes of contamination of water and air samples used for the implant devices. A complete recall for Stryker Trident implant, Trident Hemispherical Cup and the Acetabular Shell was issued on January 22, 2008.

The plaintiff has said on the claim that he received a hip replacement on 2005 in which Stryker Trident PSL device was implanted to him. However, two years later he experienced some swelling and tenderness in his right hip. The MRI study revealed that he had developed soft tissue inflammation and an abscess around the implant. There was a acute need to drain fluid from the abscess however the fluid was too thick to be drained which was then found to be positive for the bacterial infection for coagulase negative Staphylococcus.

According to the plaintiffs’ lawyer his client had to suffer huge physical and psychological trauma and hence they seek an injunction of $75,000 aside the cost of the lawsuit.

The plaintiff in his claim accuses Stryker of breaching warranties, negligence, failure to warn, and liabilities. Despite financial crunch and hardship he is compelled to undergo surgery and needs money from the lawsuit to cover his medical costs and the cost of lawsuit proceedings.

According to various reports as of now more than 180 complaints were filed and coordinated in the Supreme Court of New Jersey. However it seems many complaints are still coming and it will be a tough time ahead for the device manufacturer.