Orange County man sues maker of recalled hip replacement device

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Nov. 20, 2011, 10:45am

An Orange County resident has filed a personal injury lawsuit over his recalled hip replacement device claiming that the device was not sterile and was contaminated due to faulty manufacturing processes.

Loyd Reeves filed suit against Stryker Corp., Stryker Sales Corp. and Howmedica Osteonics Corp. doing business as Stryker Orthopaedics on Nov. 17 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

Reeves underwent a right hip arthroplasty on July 10, 2007, and received an implant designed and manufactured by the defendants. According to the complaint, Reeves states he followed all of his surgeon's instructions following surgery, including rehabilitative programs, but began to experience increasing levels of pain in his right hip in 2007.

In February, Reeves claims he was advised that he had a failed right total hip arthroplasty and that a revision surgery was necessary. The revision surgery took place in April.

The defendants initiated a recall of the Trident acetabular shell on Jan. 22, 2008.

The defendants are accused of strict liability, marketing defect, negligence, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty and breach of implied warranty of fitness.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical pain, mental suffering, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, medical bills, attorney's fees, court costs and interest.

Reeves is represented by Kenneth W. Lewis of Bush Lewis in Beaumont and Christopher S. Smith of Bush Lewis in Orange.

A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 1:11-cv-00644

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