Stryker is a market leader in hip and knee orthopedic devices with over 1 million implant devices sold. Experts have now warned that metal-on-metal implants pose severe health risks to patients like device fracture, dislocation, corrosion, fretting and metallic poisoning.
Stryker has already recalled several hip implant models including the Trident, Rejuvenate, ABG II and Accolade TMZF. They have now issued a warning and recall for certain LFit V40 femoral heads used on the Accolade TMZF, Accolade 2, Meridian and Citation hip implant stems.
Patients who received these implants are at a greater risk for taper lock failure complications such as device separation, fractures and metallic debris poisoning, and were not properly warned of these dangers. Many will need revision surgery to replace their devices.
Anyone who received a metal Stryker hip implant may have a potential claim, and should seek help. A lawyer can investigate whether your implant is affected and whether you qualify for a claim at no cost.
Currently, patients that received the following hip implants may qualify:
Simply contact DrugNews to learn more and talk with a lawyer today.
At this time, there is not a single Stryker Hip class action lawsuit that patients must join. Instead, lawyers have helped thousands of patients file individual lawsuits against the company, which have been consolidated into certain state and federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) courts.
While these multidistrict courts offer many of the advantages of a class action case, plaintiffs still have control over their individual case, like selecting counsel and decisions on settlement.
Like all lawsuits, each Stryker hip claim has its own unique value. This usually depends on the specific facts, like the age of the device, the degree of failure and patient complications, and whether the patient has undergone surgery to replace the device.
So far, Stryker has paid $1.43 billion to settle around 4,750 claims, at an average of approximately $300,000 per case.
Filing a Stryker hip lawsuit is simple. You can speak with a lawyer today to see if you qualify. Then, they will send you more information and gather your surgical records to begin preparing your case for trial or a settlement claim. It can take up to a year or so for your case to reach trial or a settlement. However, it is very unlikely you will have to travel anywhere and it costs you nothing unless you receive compensation.
Plaintiff filed suit in New Jersey state court alleging he received a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant which later failed, causing tissue damage, high blood metallic levels, and the need for painful revision surgery.
A Texas orthopedic surgeon and his practice filed a lawsuit alleging the negligence, fraud and misrepresentation of Stryker caused damage to his business through the injury and resulting loss of trust from his patients. The suit notes the risk of device failure, surrounding tissue death and toxic metallic poisoning to patients.
In June 2013, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all federal patient lawsuits alleging injury from the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants to MDL 2441 in the United States District Court in the District of Minnesota under judge Donovan W. Frank.
Over time, 3,313 patients filed lawsuits in this court.
In January, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court designated a number of similar cases involving Stryker hip implant injuries as multicounty litigation and assigned all pending and future cases filed in New Jersey involving these devices to Bergen County under the supervision of Judge Brian Martinotti. In 2016 these cases were reassigned to Judge Rachelle L. Harz.
As of September 2016, 1,077 cases had been filed in this court.
Accolade TMZF hip implant stems recalled due to strength issues.
Accolade TMZF Plus hip stem recalled due to grit blast substances in drive hole.
Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants recalled due to risk of device separation, failure and metallic debridement.
JPML consolidates thousands of pending federal claims over Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip failure into MDL 2441.
Stryker agrees to pay $1.43 billion to settle pending lawsuits over Rejuvenate and ABG II hips.
Stryker sends pre-recall warning letter to doctors advising of defects in LFit V40 femoral heads used in Accolade, Meridian and Citation hip systems.
If you or a family member received a Stryker Accolade, Meridian or Citation metal hip implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about recent recalls and device failure risks, as well as to preserve your legal rights.
The manufacturer and their claims representatives may send you notification of these recalls that include requests to sign releases of liability. DO NOT SIGN anything from the manufacturer before first speaking with a lawyer.
In addition, selecting the right lawyer for your claim may significantly affect your case. Defective medical device injury lawsuits are usually filed in special multidistrict courts far away from where you live. Therefore, it is not necessary or even recommended that you choose a local lawyer.
It is more important to choose a Stryker hip lawyer with experience in these cases and other metal hip recall litigation.
Also, these claims are fought against very powerful and well-funded medical companies. Therefore, you need a firm with the experience and resources to continue your case until it is resolved. In most cases, your lawyer will come to you, or handle everything for you so that you never have to leave home to meet with them or appear in court.
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