Stryker STAR Ankle Fracture Lawsuits

Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers is actively retaining those who have suffered a fracture of their implanted Stryker STAR Ankle.

The FDA issued a safety communication on March 15, 2021 which highlighted a higher than expected fracture risk related to the plastic component of the Stryker STAR Ankle. Fractures may require surgery to replace or repair the device.

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Call us today at (800) 718-4658 for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered from a fractured Stryker STAR Ankle, or fill out the “Do I Have A Case” form on the right. You may be eligible for financial compensation for your surgery and medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Stryker STAR Ankle Fractures

The FDA required that a post-approval study be done on the safety of the Stryker Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement device (STAR Ankle) upon its FDA approval. That study found that the plastic part of the device fractured at a rate of 13.8% at eight years after implantation, with every fracture requiring an additional surgery. Fractures unexpectedly occurred as early as three years after implantation.

The FDA warned that the fracture rate may be underestimated, since two fractures weren’t diagnosed until after surgical exploration.

Stryker had issued a safety communication on October 11, 2019, warning that the plastic part of the device had a high fracture rate, but that communication only applied to devices distributed before August 1, 2014. The recent FDA warning applies to all Stryker STAR Ankle devices distributed at any time.

Grounds For A Stryker STAR Ankle Lawsuit

Medical device manufacturers are strictly liable in California for any injuries caused by their defective medical devices.

Strict liability for medical devices in California can be based on the following:

Design Defect

We believe the Stryker STAR Ankle is defective, meaning it is unreasonably dangerous when used as intended or as reasonably foreseen, due to a design defect. Products that are defective despite being manufactured correctly are said to have a design defect. They are defective by design.

Failure to Warn

We believe Stryker can be held strictly liable for failing to warn that the STAR Ankle had a high chance of fracturing because we believe they knew or should have known about this risk. Stryker should have performed adequate safety testing on the STAR Ankle and we believe they would have discovered the device’s high risk of fracture had they performed adequate safety testing on it.

Strict liability claims do not require negligence to be proven in California. However, we believe Stryker was negligent in failing to warn about the STAR Ankle’s high risk of fracture, and in failing to perform adequate safety testing on the STAR Ankle prior to selling it on the market.

Negligence is the failure to be reasonably careful to prevent harm. A reasonably careful entity would perform adequate safety testing on a medical device before selling it on the marketplace, and a reasonably careful entity would warn about a high risk of fracture if they knew or should have known about the risk.

Stryker STAR Ankle Fracture Symptoms

You may be suffering from a Stryker STAR Ankle fracture if you are suffering from any of the following:

  • Newly developed, significant pain
  • Inflammation
  • Soft tissue injury such as blistering
  • Loss of mobility in the ankle that had the operation

Contact a physician if you’re suffering any of the above side effects after having a Stryker STAR Ankle implanted.

Do I Really Need Stryker STAR Ankle Lawyers?

Yes, you need experienced defective medical device lawyers on your side. You won’t receive a fair settlement offer if you don’t have lawyers on your side because the other side simply won’t respect you if you don’t have a lawyer. They’ll dare you to take them to court, knowing you can’t win without a lawyer.

Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers have been representing victims of dangerous medical devices for decades, including victims of the Stryker LFIT Femoral Heads and Stryker Rejuvenate Hip. We know how to get the job done in defective medical device cases, so you can count on us to get you fair compensation for your fractured STAR Ankle.

Call us now at (800) 718-4658 for a free consultation. You can also complete the free consultation request form on this page or use our live chat feature.