Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuits Involving The Rejuvenate Modular Neck and ABG II Hip Recall Allege Stryker’s Devices Were Defective Due To The Deterioration, Fretting And Corroding Of The Hip Stems.
>As settlement talks in the Stryker Modular Hip lawsuits continue, the bellwether trial scheduled for July 13 in New Jersey and all other litigation involving Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck and ABG II Modular Neck Hip Stem lawsuits have been suspended until September 1, Southern Med Law reports. The court order to stay all proceedings against Stryker was agreed upon by the judges managing Stryker hip recall lawsuits in their courts, which includes U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank in Minnesota; Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Bergen County, New Jersey; Judge Patti E. Henning, 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida; and Judge Donald W. Hafele, 15th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. All of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits allege that patients suffered heavy metal poisoning, pain, fluid build-up around the hip prosthesis and other injuries due to the defectively designed modular systems. Some of the plaintiffs in Stryker hip recall lawsuits contend they had to undergo revision surgery to remove the artificial hip implant. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)
“We are pleased to see that patients who have suffered serious injuries allegedly due to their Stryker implants may finally receive compensation for the pain and suffering they have endured because of the hip stems.” – Southern Med Law The firm continues to offer free legal evaluation to men and women who have suffered injuries or side-effects from metal-on-metal hip replacements. To speak with one of the firms experienced attorneys please call 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com for more information on hip replacement lawsuits and other medical device complications.
Court documents indicate that Stryker agreed to pay a minimum of $1.43 billion to settle state and federal claims filed by patients who had revision surgery to replace their Rejuvenate Modular Neck or ABG II Modular Neck Hip Stems prior to November 3, 2014, the date that Stryker announced the settlement agreement. According to court records, Stryker had the option to “walk away” from the settlement agreement on June 15 if 95 percent of eligible plaintiffs did not enroll in the settlement program. Stryker notified the courts in June that 95 percent of registered eligible patients have enrolled and therefore, the company will move forward with the settlement program, according to court records. Under the settlement agreement, Stryker will pay hip implant recipients a base award of $300,000 for each revised hip, with additional compensation for patients who had complications during surgery to remove the hip implant. The claims of U.S. patients who were not able to undergo revision surgery prior to November 3, 2014, because their doctors determined that they were not physically able, are included in the settlement agreement. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441)
Southern Med Law comments that Stryker voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems in June 2012 due to the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction which may result in adverse local tissue reactions, and possible pain or swelling around the hip. The law firm further comments that Stryker bypassed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Premarket Approval process and was able to received FDA-approval for its artificial hips by submitting a 510(k) “premarketing submission.” This type of submission tells the FDA that the device is similar enough to other devices on the market that it does not need to go through an approval process again. Southern Med Law notes that the disadvantage with this type of approach is that problems can only be spotted once they show up in real patients.
As stated in the state and federal Stryker hip recall lawsuits, the necks of the hip devices are made of chromium and cobalt and the stems are coated with titanium. Patients contended in their complaints that the titanium alloy fretted and corroded when implanted with cobalt-chrome components, and some fretted within days of implantation. As a result, the hip implant prematurely failed and caused patients to suffer such problems as nerve damage around the hip, pain, limping as a result of the pain, inflammation, infection, tissue death, and other health complications, according to the Styrker hip complaints. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441)(In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)
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