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If you received a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant before the devices were voluntarily recalled by Stryker Orthopaedics in July 2012, you may be eligible to file a Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall lawsuit. Before the recall, a whopping 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems were sold throughout the United States.
That means thousands of people who went in for routine hip replacement surgeries came out with devices in their bodies whose metal components had the potential to fret or corrode, causing toxic metal debris to seep into the surrounding tissues and bloodstream.
These implants have resulted in many patients suffering complications manifesting in symptoms of metal ion poisoning, also known as metallosis, hip replacement failure, and other scary side effects, which have forced them to undergo revision surgeries to correct.
If you have a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant and these side effects sound familiar, keep reading.
The litigation involving the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems is continuing to heat up.
On Feb. 28, 2013, a report from NorthJersey.com indicated that more than 80 Stryker hip lawsuits had been filed in New Jersey Superior Court by patients who suffered injuries stemming from the hip replacement device.
As per an Order issued in January by New Jersey Supreme Court, the claims will be overseen by Judge Brian R. Martinotti and heard in Superior Court located in Hackensack. The article, which says the nationwide case against Stryker “is on track to become one of the biggest mass-tort litigations in the country,” predicts that several more lawsuits will be filed in the coming months.
A local lawyer quoted by NorthJersey.com said she is currently working with approximately 150 patients to pursue lawsuits involving the Rejuvenate/ABG II hip implants on top of the 30 claims she has already filed.
Meanwhile in federal court, a Stryker hip lawsuit plaintiff filed a motion in February to consolidate claims in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Approximately 10 of the 30 federally-filed lawsuits against Stryker are already pending there, he said, so creating a multidistrict litigation (MDL) at this location would serve the convenience of all parties. The plaintiff who filed this request alleges injuries from the Stryker Rejuvenate device in the lawsuit he brought against the company.
Before patients started filing lawsuits filed over the Stryker Rejuvenate and/or ABG II modular-neck hip stems, several adverse event reports associated with the devices were received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since the beginning of 2012, the agency received more than 60 adverse event reports of metal corrosion, tissue inflammation and other complications stemming from the Stryker hip implants. This high number of reports fueled concerns that ultimately led to the Stryker hip recall.
These reports may also have contributed to the partnership between Stryker Orthopaedics and Broadspire Services Inc., a third-party claims administrator who previously helped Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit manage claims over its DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement. Recalled in August 2010, patients who received this device have reportedly suffered similar complications to those associated with the Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II implants.
According to Stryker Orthopaedics’ website, the company will be managing reimbursement requests from patients seeking to be compensated for expenses related to testing, treatment and revision surgeries. However, patients considering participation in this Stryker Broadspire claims program should speak with an attorney before signing any paperwork, as any information released to a company representative may be used as evidence in your lawsuit.
If you have a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant and these side effects sound familiar, please call us today for a free case evaluation: 1-877-650-5540.
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