The law firm of Zoll, Kranz & Borgess, LLC, recently filed suit on behalf of fourteen plaintiffs against Howmedica Osteonics Corp. d/b/a Stryker Spine alleging injuries caused by the trial device, CerviCore. CerviCore is an experimental metal-on-metal spinal implant that is intended to preserve motion after it’s implanted into the intervertebral space between two vertebrae of the cervical spine.
Approximately 200 people were implanted with the CerviCore device as part of the study by Stryker. The plaintiffs claim that the CerviCore device has caused them grave harm. Many of them are suffering metallosis symptoms that are similar to symptoms caused by metal-on-metal hip implants. Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II metal-on-metal hip implants in 2012 and is facing thousands of lawsuits regarding the defective devices.
The plaintiffs in the CerviCore cases claim that Stryker either will not conduct metal ion testing or conducted testing and will not release the results. The plaintiffs also claim that Stryker abandoned them by abruptly ending the study and ceasing monitoring of their conditions.
The plaintiffs seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. They also ask the court to punish Howmedica/Stryker to send a message that the way it treated them is unacceptable.