Court documents indicate that another lawsuit pertaining to Stryker and the company’s Rejuvenate hip implant has recently been settled as a result of mediation efforts in a federal litigation underway in New Jersey. The case, selected to be a part of Phase I in the Bergen County litigation, initially started in December 2013. Arkansas Stryker hip attorneys report that four other settlements have also been reached in the consolidated litigation.
The Arkansas Stryker hip attorneys at The Johnson Firm are currently representing cases on behalf of those who were injured while implanted with a Stryker metal-on-metal hip implant. If you or a loved one suffered from adverse side effects or complications and you were fitted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II implants, contact our Arkansas Stryker hip attorneys today to learn more about recovering damages for your injuries.
Five Stryker Settlements Reported
According to Arkansas Stryker hip attorneys, a multidistrict litigation was established in June 2013 in the U.S. District of Minnesota with Judge Donovan W. Frank presiding. Over half of the claims brought against the manufacturer are pending in this litigation.
In a consolidated litigation in New Jersey, Judge Brian R. Martinotti ordered that Phase II of mediation will start after five Stryker settlements were reported at the end of January 2014. Since this order, both the defendant and plaintiffs have been directed to choose cases that they feel are eligible for its second round on or before February 4, 2014. On February 11, 2014, final selections will be announced, and the cases will subsequently be scheduled for mediation in March and April of 2014.
The number of lawsuits filed against the manufacturer is continuing to grow, according to a case list update posted on the Court’s website at the end of January 2014. The update indicates that 664 claims involving the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants have been filed, and over 500 lawsuits are pending in the federal litigation.
Although Arkansas Stryker hip attorneys have not yet been informed of the settlement details, in its third-quarter earnings report in 2013, the manufacturer acknowledged an estimated $1 billion loss over the expenses of pending and past Stryker hip implant litigation and settlements as well as costs associated with the July 2012 recall.
Attorneys across the U.S. are watching the Stryker litigation proceedings and assert that, as additional settlements are reached, more plaintiffs will come forward in an effort to seek compensation for their injuries. However, it is important to note that there is a statute of limitation in these cases, so those who are considering filing a claim should seek legal counsel as soon as possible to determine whether they have a valid case.
What is the Stryker Hip Implant?
Plaintiffs are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer, alleging that the hip implants caused pain, swelling, metal poisoning and other life-threatening complications. Additionally, several plaintiffs have reportedly suffered from early device failure, and they were allegedly required to undergo revision surgery sooner than anticipated. If you or a loved one also experienced adverse side effects, consider seeking legal counsel from experienced Arkansas Stryker hip attorneys to learn more about your rights.
Plaintiffs also allege that the metal-on-metal hip implants are defectively designed and may cause permanent damage, and that the device has the potential to corrode, deteriorate and cause metal toxicity. Additionally, the manufacturer is accused of knowing that the devices were more dangerous than other hip implants, as they are allegedly prone to fretting and corrosion. According to plaintiffs, the manufacturer failed to adequately test the devices, neglected to warn the public and medical communities about the risks of the implants and led both consumers and physicians to believe that the ABG II and Rejuvenate systems were better than other hip implants.
Prior to the Stryker recall in July 2012, it is estimated that more than 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II implants were sold worldwide, although it is not known how many patients received the devices. According to court documents, the systems were recalled due to the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction. Should this happen, the patient could be at risk for adverse local tissue reactions, pain and swelling.
Our Arkansas Stryker Hip Attorneys Can Help You Today
If you or a loved one experienced complications or adverse side effects while fitted with a Stryker hip implant, you may be eligible to recover damages for your condition. The Arkansas Stryker hip attorneys at The Johnson Firm understand how devastating and life-altering these injuries can be, and we will provide you with a free case evaluation to help you to determine if you have a valid claim. We will do what we can to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled so that you may focus on what is most important – recovering. Depending on your injuries, you may be entitled to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses. The time to file a claim is often limited, so contact our Arkansas Stryker hip attorneys today.