LOS ANGELES – A Rancho Mirage woman alleges a device used in her hip-replacement surgery was defective and caused damages.

Joyce Ulrich filed a complaint on June 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Howmedica Osteonics Corp., Stryker Orthopaedics, Stryker Corp. and Does 1-10 alleging negligence, fraud and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff had a right total hip replacement using the defendants' Stryker system in February 2009. The suit states that she underwent revision surgery in May 2016 because of instability in the hip.

The plaintiff holds Howmedica Osteonics Corp., Stryker Orthopaedics, Stryker Corp. and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants' device alleged caused pain, swelling, inflammation, damage to the surrounding bone and issue and the need for revision surgery to replace them.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages; actual, general, special, incidental, statutory, punitive and consequential damages, restitution, punitive and exemplary damages; interest; all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Kristy M. Arevalo and Tuan Q. Nguyen of McCune Wright Arevalo LLP in Ontario.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:17-cv-04175

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