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Has There Been a Stryker Hip Settlement?


 

After suffering pain, difficulty walking, and other side effects that may have stemmed from a metal implant that was supposed to improve your quality of life, you don’t want to settle for less than you deserve. You want a Stryker hip trial.

Lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively investigating and filing claims on behalf of individuals who received the Stryker Orthopaedics-manufactured Rejuvenate and/or ABG II modular-neck hip stems during seemingly routine hip replacement surgeries. Many of them are now filing complaints after experiencing complications indicating early failure. As of May 2013, there had not been any Stryker hip settlements since the devices were recalled on July 6, 2012.

If you are a potential plaintiff hoping to avoid a Stryker hip settlement, take the first steps in realizing your day in court by contacting the Firm at .

Growing Number of Patients File Claims in Pursuit of Stryker Hip Trials

To the likely relief of those who have brought lawsuits alleging injuries from the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems, the consolidated litigation established in New Jersey Superior Court in Bergen County has continued to move forward each month.

strykerhipsettlementAs of April 2013, 145 claims had been filed over the Stryker Rejuvenate hip. A month earlier, a Case List update issued on March 21st indicated there were 81.

In federal court, plaintiffs have motioned to centralize pretrial proceedings in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has not reached a decision about whether to consolidate Stryker hip lawsuits, but has announced plans to discuss the matter at an upcoming hearing session to be held on May 30, 2013.

Doctors and patients alike have gone on the record to tell of their experiences with side effects associated with the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements, which may include:

  • Pain and/or swelling at the local joint site
  • Metallosis (metal ion poisoning)
  • Immobility
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Inflammation of the surrounding tissue

On March 30, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Zann told the Palm Beach Post in Florida about the revision surgeries he has performed on patients who received the hip’s metal components. In the past year, the doctor said he has removed 100 of the 400 implants he originally implanted before the Stryker hip recall, and expects to take out at least 100 more.

When Dr. Zann begins each corrective surgery, “there’s a high-pressure fibrous tumor-like pocket so full of fluid that it pops when he cuts into it,” the Palm Beach Post reported. “There is inflamed muscle, and white milky fluid around the joint.”

Revision surgeries may also not ensure success for patients since there is less bone to work with the second time around, and may perform worse.

It is likely that many patients who experienced failed revision surgeries will go on to file lawsuits seeking a Stryker hip trial.

A recent victory for plaintiffs in lawsuits involving the DePuy Orthopaedics-manufactured ASR metal-on-metal hip may impact the litigation of Stryker hip lawsuits.

In March 2013, a patient who alleged metal ion poisoning and other injuries stemming from the implant won $8.3 million in damages after a Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled that the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary should be held accountable for the ASR hip’s defective design.

Start the Process of Filing a Stryker Hip Lawsuit

Stryker hip replacement Lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP can help you begin the legal process of filing a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit over the recalled Rejuvenate and/or ABG II modular-neck hip stem. The Firm is pursuing potential claims on behalf of patients who may be suffering from pain, swelling, metal ion poisoning (metallosis) and other disturbing injuries. Call an attorney at .

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