Stryker Hip Claims Hit 400 in Federal Courts
As of December 10, 2013, court records report that over 400 Stryker hip claims have been consolidated in federal court in Minnesota. The Stryker lawsuits involve the ABG II and Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hip implant devices, both of which were recalled in 2012. Allegations against the manufacturer range from device failure to metal poisoning, according to court documents. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has since issued a warning regarding metal-on-metal hip implant devices that supports the claims made by patients and plaintiffs.
If you or someone you love have experienced serious complications or side effects while you were fitted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact an attorney to learn more about current Stryker hip claims and whether you have a valid claim.
Over 400 Stryker Hip Claims Filed
The number of Stryker hip claims has increased since June 2013; roughly 300 claims were filed in federal court in Minnesota. According to a Wall Street Journal report published October 23, 2013, the news of the increase in Stryker hip claims follows the manufacturer’s announcement that it will set aside between $700 million and over $1 billion for litigation proceedings pertaining to the company’s metal-on-metal hip implant devices.
Plaintiffs are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer, alleging that the implants caused serious harm or life-threatening injuries. The federal consolidation, formed six months ago, occurred due to the consistent increase in the number of Stryker hip claims against the company. If there are numerous cases with common allegations and claims of similar injuries, they are often consolidated to ensure more cost-effective and efficient pretrial proceedings.
The Stryker hip claims of injury are part of an ongoing investigation into other metal-on-metal devices. In courts throughout the U.S., thousands of lawsuits are pending pertaining to products similar to those manufactured by Stryker, such as DePuy’s ASR hip implant. Plaintiffs are also making claims similar to plaintiffs involved in the Stryker litigation, alleging common injuries resulting from the now-recalled ASR device.
Additionally, it is important to note that Stryker is not the only hip implant manufacturer to prepare for litigation by placing funds aside. DePuy recently agreed to pay over $2 billion to settle close roughly 8,000 ASR lawsuits in state and federal court.
Common allegations by plaintiffs filing claims include:
- Damaged joints, surrounding tissues, nerves and bones
- Failing devices which resulted in the need for extensive revision procedures
- Inflammation of the hip joint or nearby tissues
- Difficulty moving the legs
- Trouble walking or standing
- Metallosis or metal toxicity whereby metal shards accumulate in the bloodstream
Prior to the Stryker recall in July 2012, experts estimate that more than 20,000 patients in the U.S. alone underwent procedures to receive the devices. Although Stryker reported that the hip implants were anticipated to last 15 years, many patients reported early device failure and the need for revision surgeries to correct the damage and remove the affected device.
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If you or someone you love have been injured or suffered from adverse side effects and you would like to learn more about filing a Stryker hip lawsuit, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We will provide you with a case evaluation, free of charge, and answer your questions to the best of our ability. We will also connect you with a professional attorney who will handle your Stryker hip claims throughout the legal process and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.