Patient claims Stryker Orthopaedics' prosthetic hip released cobalt into his body

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 28, 2019

CHICAGO — A man is suing Stryker Orthopaedics, a medical technologies firm, citing alleged design defect and strict product liability.

Dale Carrell filed a complaint on Jan. 17 in Cook County Circuit Court against Howmedica Osteonics Corp., which does business as Stryker Orthopaedics, alleging the defendant distributed a defective metal hip system which was unreasonably dangerous and unsafe for its intended purpose and use.

According to the complaint, in 2007, Carrell received a total hip replacement of his right hip and claims defendant's "metal-on-metal" prosthetic hip device poisoned his body by allegedly releasing dangerous levels of cobalt. 

Additionally, plaintiff contends the hip components and hardware "failed" and "became loose." As a result, plaintiff claims he was required to undergo a second invasive surgery to revise his original Stryker hip that was injuring him. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant subjected plaintiff to an unreasonable risk of harm when it manufactured and assembled a product that contained latent and hidden defects.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks more than $50,000, plus statutory and punitive damages, attorney fees, and costs. He is represented by Robert McLaughlin and Christina Flores of Hart McLaughlin & Eldrige LLC in Chicago.

The Cook County Circuit Court Case No. is 19-L-000601.

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