Settlements Reached in Artificial Hip Implant Lawsuits During Mediation

All-Metal Hip Implant Settlements

Written by Faith Anderson on December 20, 2013
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Settlements Reached in Artificial Hip Implant Lawsuits During Mediation

Settlement agreements have been reached in at least four complaints brought on behalf of patients adversely affected by the company’s Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hip implant.

Defective Hip ImplantStryker has agreed to settle at least four Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuits as part of early mediation efforts intended to determine whether or not the manufacturing company can resolve cases during the early stages of the litigation. Stryker and its parent company, Howmedica Osteonics Corp., currently face about 1,000 complaints over side effects of their Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip implants, and the number of cases has continued to grow since Stryker recalled the artificial hip implants in July 2012, amid reports that a large number of them were failing. If you received a metal-on-metal hip implant in the past, and you have since suffered from complications like implant failure, metallosis, or loosening of the device, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with an attorney who has experience litigating hip implant cases in your area.

Possible Side Effects of All-Metal Implants

The Rejuvenate and ABG II devices belong to a newer class of artificial hip implants featuring two metal components that fit inside one another, which allows the surgeon to customize the length of the femoral component to fit each individual patient. These devices differ considerably from traditional implants, which feature a single femoral component. Unfortunately, the metal-on-metal design of these newer hip implants has been linked to an increased risk of device failure and other serious side effects associated with the release of microscopic metal particles as the two components rub against one another during normal use. As a result of this risk, a Stryker Rejuvenate recall was issued less than two years after the device entered the market, at which point roughly 20,000 of the allegedly defective metal-on-metal hips had already been implanted.

Contact an Attorney to File a Product Liability Claim

Approximately half of all Stryker hip implant cases filed throughout the country have been consolidated in New Jersey state court for coordinated pretrial proceedings as part of a multi-county litigation (MCL), and a pool of 10 cases was selected for early negotiations in an effort to help Stryker reach settlement agreements with plaintiffs. According to a report issued on December 16, the first six cases had already reached mediation, and at least four of the cases were settled. Details of the settlements have not been disclosed, but Howmedica estimates that the total costs associated with the hip implant recall and Rejuvenate settlements may exceed $1 billion. If you believe you have been adversely affected by a metal-on-metal hip implant or another potentially dangerous medical device, contact a product liability lawyer in your area for legal help.

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