Hip Implant Lawsuits
Written by Faith Anderson on August 21, 2013
Early Mediation May Lead to Settlements for Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Lawsuits
Medical device maker Stryker Corporation may reach settlement agreements with patients who claim they suffered complications because of design defects affecting the company’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants.
A group of 10 lawsuits filed over problems with the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant has been selected by a New Jersey state court for early mediation, which could lead to settlement agreements during the preliminary stages of the litigation. The New Jersey Supreme Court centralized litigation over the Stryker Rejuvenate replacement system earlier this year, consolidating all cases under Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti for coordinated pretrial proceedings as part of a multi-county litigation (MCL). In the meantime, the number of new lawsuits brought against the maker of the allegedly defective hip implant is expected to continue to rise over the coming months. If you have suffered a serious complication that you believe to be related to a potentially dangerous medical device like the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant, contact a knowledgeable attorney in your area to discuss your legal options.
Lawsuits Filed Over Defective Hip Implants
More than 300 complaints have already been filed in the New Jersey state court system over problems with the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants, with plaintiffs claiming that they experienced debilitating side effects after their hip implant failed, often resulting in the need for revision surgery. On August 13, Judge Martinotti identified a group of 10 hip replacement cases that will move forward with formal mediation sessions, including two lawsuits selected by the manufacturing company, two selected by plaintiffs, and six randomly selected by the court. The early mediation may help the parties reach a settlement agreement in their Stryker Rejuvenate cases, and may lead to settlement negotiations in other lawsuits involving problems with the recalled hip implant.
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Recall
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II systems were recalled in July 2012, after the manufacturer acknowledged that the hip implants were prone to problems causing them to corrode, fret, loosen and ultimately fail, sometimes requiring revision surgery to remove the device. Unlike traditional hip implants, which have a single femoral component, the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II devices feature a modular stem with two pieces that fit inside one another, allowing the surgeon to customize the length of the implant based on the patient. Unfortunately, it has been shown that, as the parts of the implant rub against one another, metallic debris may be shed into the body, putting patients at risk of serious complications.
Consult an Experienced Attorney for Legal Help
Although the Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate hip implants were removed from the market just a few years after being introduced, more than 20,000 of the devices were sold prior to the recall, and estimates suggest that thousands of lawsuits will ultimately be brought against the manufacturing company as implant recipients learn that problems with the device design may have caused their implants to fail. If you received a recalled Stryker hip replacement system or another potentially defective hip implant, and you have since suffered debilitating injuries or side effects, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and other big corporations, and we may be able to help put you in touch with a reputable product liability lawyer in your area, with whom you can discuss your legal options.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/mass-tort/abgstryker/cmo8.pdf[/box]