First Stryker Settlements Announced
The first Stryker settlements were announced on December 17, 2013 for an undisclosed amount, according to court documents, involving four claims filed over the allegedly defective metal hip implants that were marketed by Stryker and subsequently recalled in 2012. The settlements are the first to be reached over the ABG II and Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems after several mediation sessions occurred over the first two weeks of December. While six Stryker lawsuit claims were initially involved in the proceeding, two of the cases failed to achieve settlement.
Although the first Stryker settlements have been reached, it is not too late to file a claim against the manufacturer and seek compensation for your injuries. If you suffered from complications while you were fitted with the ABG II or Rejuvenate systems, you could be entitled to recover damages for your condition. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for more information.
First Stryker Settlements Announced
The four claims are among the first Stryker settlements since the company was first faced with lawsuits in 2012 by plaintiffs alleging that their hip implant devices failed. The failure of the devices allegedly caused pain and other complications and required revision procedures to rectify the problems.
Court documents indicate that, prior to the recall of the devices in 2012, over 20,000 patients throughout the U.S. were fitted with the implants; the first lawsuits were filed against the company one month after the manufacturer issued the recall. Currently, over 600 claims have been filed and attorneys expect that thousands of plaintiffs will continue to move forward in an effort to receive compensation for their injuries. Many of these 600 pending lawsuits have recently been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) to be held in Superior court in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Negotiations are set to continue into December 2014 concerning several other Stryker claims, and an additional 15 other cases in March. Additionally, there is a separate proceeding underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) released an update on December 16, 2013 to report that 462 claims were pending in the litigation. One month prior, there were not yet 400 claims, indicating that plaintiffs continue to come forward although the proceedings are moving along as expected.
The devices were recalled on July 6, 2012 after the manufacturer received reports of corrosion and fretting, increasing the risk that the devices would cause complications in patients. Since the recall, Stryker has urged those fitted with the implants to request cross-sectional imaging and routine blood testing to ensure that their healthcare providers are actively monitoring their blood for the presence of metal ions.
Those who have been injured are encouraged to seek legal counsel although the first Stryker settlements are underway. Many mistakenly believe that, since the litigation is progressing, that they do not have time to file claims and are ineligible to seek compensation for their injuries. On the contrary, those who allegedly sustained injuries are may still be entitled to recover damages so long as the claims are filed within the statute of limitations.
Injured? It’s Not Too Late to File a Claim
If you or someone you love were fitted with a Stryker hip implant device and you would like to learn more about filing a claim or about the first Stryker settlements, contact the American Injury Attorney Group for more information. Although the first Stryker settlements have been released, each case is different; these settlements are not guaranteed for each individual case. However, the American Injury Attorney Group can still help you to file a claim and assist you in recovering the compensation to which you may be entitled.