Prosthetic hip manufacturer sued by man who claims replacement failed

By Kyle Barnett | Sep 18, 2013

John D. Sileo

GRETNA – A prosthetic hip manufacturer is being sued by a man who claims his hip replacement failed due to product defects.

Keith Jourdan filed suit against Stryker Corporation, Stryker Sales Corporation, Howmedical Osteonics Corporation and Stryker Orthopaedics in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 7.

Jourdan claims he underwent a hip replacement surgery on Jan. 28, 2010 at East Jefferson General Hospital in which he received a Stryker designed Trident Hip System implant. The plaintiff alleges that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that components of the Trident Hip System were prone to loosening, failure and contamination and that Stryker violated good manufacturing policies.

Jourdan asserts that the implant he received did not comply with product specifications approved by the FDA. On Jan. 28, 2010, the plaintiff claims he began experiencing severe hip pain and loss of range of motion along with difficulty walking. Jourdan alleges that the product failed prematurely.

The defendant is accused of not producing a reasonably safe product, not properly manufacturing and finishing their product, altering the product’s composition specifications, propensity for components to loosen and require revision surgery, defective construction, improper construction and manufacture and deficient quality control systems as required by FDA devices.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for economic losses, reimbursement for purchase price of the hip replacement, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, chronic and severe hip pain, loss of range of motion expense for treatment and monitoring and loss of enjoyment of life.

Jourdan is represented by attorney John D. Sileo of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division L Judge Donald A. Rowan Jr.

Case no. 729-715.

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