On June 17, 2008, Arthur Boyne received a Stryker Trident PSL Acetabular implant in his left hip. Less than a month later, he had failed to heal properly, and began to experience painful complications, including a left hip wound abscess, infection and bleeding. On July 11, 2008, the plaintiff was forced to undergo another hospital procedure in which his left hip surgical wound was reopened and dead and infected tissue was removed.
Allegedly unaware that possible defects in the design of the hip could be the cause of his problems, Boyne received a Stryker Trident X3 implant in his right hip on October 23, 2008.
Over the course of the next two years, Boyne’s complications grew steadily worse. At first he experienced pain in his left hip and pelvis and had difficulty walking, even with a cane. Eventually the pain became so extreme, he was confined to a wheelchair.
By April 2010, unable to to bear any weight whatsoever on his left hip, Boyne underwent a CT scan. The scan revealed that his left hip implant was penetrating into his pelvis. It also revealed a broken screw and other evidence of device loosening.
In August of 2010, just two years after his initial implantation, Boyne underwent revision surgery to have the Trident device replaced.
On June 29, 2012, Boyne filed a lawsuit against Stryker Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Ft. Myers Division) seeking compensation for Stryker injuries. According to his complaint, Boyne’s tribulations were not finished with the device replacement. In March 2011, CT scans showed that both of his artificial Stryker hips were loosening, ultimately contributing, later that year, to a fractured femur bone. Boyne is currently awaiting a second revision of his left hip, as per his orthopedist’s recommendation.
Boyne alleges that the manufacturer is liable for the debilitating pain and injuries he experienced after undergoing hip replacement surgery with Stryker’s Trident hip. He claims, through his Stryker hip recall lawyer, that the Trident hips he received were “unreasonably dangerous and defective,” and were marketed by the manufacturer “in such a way as to mislead consumers regarding its safety and efficacy.” He claims the Trident was manufactured without adequate quality controls, and that it was insufficiently tested before being put on the market. Boyne’s lawsuit claims strict product liability and wantonness, and demands compensatory and punitive damages. He claims that as a direct and proximate result of the defendant’s negligence he has suffered serious and permanent injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life. He seeks compensation for pain, medical treatment and expenses, revision surgery, lost earnings, loss of earning capacity, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
In 2008, after an FDA investigation revealed serious bacterial contamination problems in multiple manufacturing plants, a Stryker Trident hip implant recall was issued for the Trident Hemispherical Cup and Trident Acetabular PSL cup, the latter of which is the same model as was initially implanted in plaintiff Boyne.
The recall implicated thousands of hip replacements throughout the country. Before the recall, the FDA had also reprimanded Stryker for failing to address patient reports of complications with the Trident implant, including screw loosening, insufficient bone adherence, bone fracture, and device failure.
The Trident was recalled from the market one year after Boyne’s surgery.