MDL Court Releases Geographical Breakdown of Stryker Hip Cases
According to court documents, the Stryker hip cases currently pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Minnesota federal court have been marked and published into a color-coded map of the U.S. The document indicates from where each plaintiffs’ case originated and helps to provide insight into the plaintiffs’ decisions to bring their cases to state or federal courts.
If you have questions about the MDL or Stryker hip cases or if you feel you have a claim, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today to learn more about your legal rights.
Stryker Hip Cases Report MDL Breakdown
Those involved in the MDL assert that Minnesota was chosen by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) as the state for the MDL due to the large number of Stryker hip cases that had previously been filed in the state. In fact, by June 2013, the time of its initial transfer order, 13 out of the 28 Stryker hip cases that were pending in federal courts were based in Minnesota. Other contributing states included California and Illinois, which were also allegedly considered as host states for the MDL.
Unsurprisingly, a large proportion of Stryker hip cases in the current MDL are from those states. According to the document released by the MDL, the following is a breakdown of states with more than 10 cases in the litigation:
- Florida: 13
- Louisiana: 17
- California: 24
- Arkansas: 33
- Illinois: 67
- Minnesota: 120
Although 366 Stryker hip cases are reported on the map, there were 395 Stryker hip cases total as of November 18, 2013. Additionally, it is to be noted that states in the Northeast contribute few plaintiffs to the MDL. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York have sent one, three and nine plaintiffs to the litigation, respectively. In fact, the option of filing Stryker hip cases in these states’ multicounty litigations, particularly in New Jersey, may provide equal if not superior benefits than if plaintiffs were to send their cases to the MDL in Minnesota.
Nonetheless, the number of plaintiffs filing Stryker hip cases continues to increase. As of June 2013, 300 claims were filed in the litigation. However, court documents indicate that as of December 2013, the number of lawsuits has increased to 400. Attorneys anticipate that claims will continue to be filed as plaintiffs step forward in an effort to receive compensation for injuries allegedly sustained due to the devices.
Stryker Recalls Hip Implants, Prompting Lawsuits
In July 2012, Stryker issued a worldwide recall for its ABG II and Rejuvenate hip implants. It is estimated that over 20,000 patients were affected by the allegedly defective device, causing those injured to step forward with claims of:
- Inflammation of hip joints or tissues
- Severe, consistent pain
- Trouble moving the legs
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Premature device failure, resulting in revision surgeries
- Damaged bones, tissues, nerves and joints
- Metal toxicity or metallosis
Plaintiffs may consider working with an attorney to file a claim for compensation if they have suffered from one or more adverse side effects or complications after receiving a Stryker hip implant.
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If you have any questions about Stryker hip claims in the current litigation or you feel that you have a valid case against the manufacturer, contact the American Injury Attorney Group for more information. We will review your case at no cost to you and help you to determine if you are eligible to recover damages for your condition. We will connect you with an attorney handling Stryker hip lawsuits who can assist you throughout the legal process.