Former NFL player's suit against Stryker, I-Flow can move forward, court rules — 4 details

Angie Stewart -   Print  |

A judge ruled that former New England Patriots linebacker Ryan Claridge may proceed with a federal lawsuit against Stryker and I-Flow, according to Mass Device.

Four details:

1. U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that Mr. Claridge could move forward with a lawsuit claiming that the companies' representatives misrepresented the safety of I-Flow's On-Q pain pump.

2. Mr. Claridge, who had a four-year contract with the Patriots beginning in 2005, alleged that the pain pump was misrepresented as safe to use on joints and destroyed his shoulder cartilage when surgically implanted.

3. The FDA had cautioned that the pump could destroy joint cartilage, causing chondrolysis. I-Flow amended the device's label in 2006 to reflect that risk.

4. Part of Mr. Claridge's lawsuit was dismissed, but he may still seek punitive damages based on the amended complaint.

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