Stryker Hip Lawsuit Progress
Attorneys, including those at the American Injury Attorney Group, are currently working with plaintiffs to inform them of the current Stryker hip lawsuit progress. As of August 19, 2013, these lawsuits that allege that the recalled ABG II modular-neck and the Rejuvenate hip stems caused injuries continue to proceed in the multi-district litigation currently underway in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court.
The American Injury Attorney Group, among other firms, are representing individuals in the proceeding who are suffering from serious complications, some of which required revision surgery to remove or correct the devices. These lawsuits are directly related to the Stryker hip recall for the ABG II modular-neck and Rejuvenate hip stems.
Stryker Hip Lawsuit Recall
In July 2012, both the ABG II and the Rejuvenate hip stems were subject of a worldwide recall following post-market data that concluded that the metal components of the systems were prone to corrosion and fretting at the modular neck junction. Prior to the recall, over 20,000 ABG II and Rejuvenate hip stems were sold across the world. According to the recall notice, individuals who had been fitted with these systems could be at an increased risk for swelling, pain and adverse reactions in the nearby tissues, potentially resulting in the need for revision surgery to replace the failing hip. Stryker also advised all patients currently fitted with the components to undergo cross sectional imaging and blood testing, regardless of whether they were experiencing symptoms, to ensure that the hip implants were functioning safely and correctly.
Stryker Hip Lawsuit Progress
According to an order issued on August 13th, 2013, the Stryker hip lawsuit progress shows promise. As of this date, 306 Stryker hip lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs in the New Jersey litigation who had received either the ABG II or the Rejuvenate hip stems. Additionally, court documents show that nearly 200 similar claims have been filed by plaintiffs in a federal multidistrict litigation that is currently proceeding in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Each of the plaintiffs who currently have cases pending in these litigations allegedly have suffered from hip failure, osteolysis, necrosis and metallosis as a result of toxic metal shards shed from the recalled systems. Other alleged complications include:
– Formation of pseudotumors
– Loosening of the implant
– Premature failing of the implant
Those who have experienced injuries and serious health complications allegedly related to the corrosion and fretting of the ABG II and the Rejuvenate hip stems may be entitled to file a Stryker hip lawsuit to seek compensation for their damages.
Many attorneys, including those at the American Injury Attorney Group, expect that both the state and federal proceedings established following the recall will progress significantly into next year. According to court documents, Judge Brian R. Martinotti of the New Jersey Superior Court has assigned a number of hip replacement lawsuits for early mediation; Judge Martinotti has ordered a mediation session to be held no later than December 15, 2013. In the meantime, the Stryker hip lawsuit progress consists of a federal multidistrict litigation scheduled to hold its initial conference on September 9, 2013.
It is important to note that the statute of limitations in personal injury and defective product cases will vary according to the state in which the injury occurred. While many patients assume that they must wait for a recall to take place before filing a lawsuit, such is not the case. Although the Stryker hip implants have been recalled, patients and victims are continuously filing lawsuits with the help of attorneys through the American Injury Attorney Group to seek compensation for their injuries.
Considering Filing a Lawsuit?
Whether you are considering filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer or are awaiting news of the Stryker hip lawsuit progress, the attorneys at the American Injury Attorney Group can help. We are currently helping plaintiffs seek compensation for injuries sustained during while using the hip implants and work to ensure that our current clients stay informed of the Stryker hip lawsuit progress. If you would like to set up a consultation or learn more about how you can file for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages, contact us today.