After experiencing difficulty walking, pain and/or the other debilitating side effects potentially caused by your metal hip replacement, you want to realize the justice you deserve.
While there has not been a Stryker settlement in a case involving the now-recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP will make sure your interests are protected whether your case requires a trial or can be resolved out of court.
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing Stryker hip lawsuit claims on behalf of individuals who received the metal hip replacements before their recall in July 2012. Manufactured by Stryker Orthopaedics, the metal components of these devices have been associated with pain, swelling, metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and other complications indicating early hip failure.
Since the Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hips were recalled on July 6, 2012, no Stryker lawsuit settlements have been announced.
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A growing number of individuals have already made the decision to file lawsuits over the recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. As of July 2013, court records showed at least 159 claims pending in the federal proceeding currently underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, which was established a month earlier by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
Plaintiffs involved in these Stryker lawsuits allege the metal hip caused them to suffer pain, loosening of the implant, swelling, infection, and a reduced quality of life overall, in addition to other side effects. They say Stryker failed to warn patients about these risks prior to the recall on July 6, 2012, which affected approximately 20,000 hip devices.
Similar actions brought over the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices are also pending in a separate state litigation established in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. There, at least 273 Stryker lawsuits had been filed in the proceeding as of July 23rd.
Stryker Orthopaedics has taken action to alert patients of recall side effects since it was issued, however. On the company’s website, officials advise all hip recipients to undergo routine blood testing and cross-sectional imaging to monitor for elevated metal ion levels in the blood stream. This may be caused by the hip’s metallic components rubbing together, which may shed debris into the blood stream.
Oftentimes, painful and expensive revision surgeries are necessary to repair damages caused by the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices.
In May 2013, Stryker released a company report advising asymptomatic patients to seek medical evaluations, and to ask for the following tests:
Side effects associated with metal-on-metal implants are widespread. Between 2000 and 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 17,000 adverse event reports stemming from this class of devices.
This number encompasses complaints from not only those who received the Stryker hip, but also devices including the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System, as well as a version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip that includes a metal Ultamet liner. Several adverse event reports may have also been filed over Smith & Nephew’s now-recalled R3 Acetabular System. Approximately 7,700 individuals were affected by the recall announced on June 1, 2012.
It is likely that more patients who received any of these metal hip replacements will pursue Stryker hip lawsuits. In March 2013, a California jury awarded $8.3 million in damages to a Montana man who filed a DePuy ASR lawsuit after suffering injuries from the device. This verdict may impact future Stryker hip trials.
Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to find out more about filing a lawsuit. Attorneys at the Firm will try their best to ensure you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages allegedly caused by the Rejuvenate and/or ABG II hip stems. Call a lawyer at .