Stryker Mediation Cases Chosen by Judge in N.J. Stryker Cases
As the group of consolidated Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate hip lawsuits being overseen in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court progress through pretrial proceedings, the most recent step is to determine if several cases may be settled outside of court. Judge Brian Martinotti is currently presiding over several hundred lawsuits that are part of the multicounty litigation alleging that the devices caused serious and life-threatening complications.
If you have been injured after you were fitted with a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant or if you have question about the Stryker mediation cases, an experienced attorney can address your concerns and inform you of your legal rights. You may be entitled to recover damages for your condition and hold the manufacturer accountable for your injuries.
Judge Chooses Stryker Mediation Cases
Judge Martinotti issued a Case Management Order on October 23, 2013 that selected a small number of Stryker mediation cases. Among these, 10 were chosen for the first phase of mediation, including six chosen at random, and the remaining Stryker mediation cases were chosen by the defendants and plaintiffs.
The second phase, consisting of claims filed between April 2013 and July 2013, will include Stryker mediation cases selected to join the process. The goal is to achieve settlements that will satisfy both the defendants and plaintiffs, thus avoiding the trial phase of litigation. However, if the Stryker mediation cases are not successfully mediated, the next step will be to choose bellwether lawsuits, which would be the first claims to go to trial. Bellwether claims can help both parties to determine how juries will react to the evidence presented, and how the court would likely decide future lawsuits.
Prior to the recall of the devices, it is estimated that 20,000 patients in the U.S. received the implants. Many of those patients have experienced early failure of the devices, which were anticipated to have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Those that have filed claims against the manufacturer in federal and state courts are seeking compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and other damages allegedly caused by the implantation of these potentially defective artificial hips.
Plaintiffs File Stryker Lawsuits Alleging Complications
Those filing lawsuits, including plaintiffs involved in the Stryker mediation cases, allege that the devices damaged bones, nerves, joints and surrounding tissues. These complications often resulted in the patient requiring painful and complex revision procedures to remove the allegedly defective implant. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to recover damages including pain and suffering, medical expenses for additional surgeries or corrective procedures and lost wages incurred as the result of your condition.
The complications may cause patients to suffer from pain, inflammation and difficulty moving their legs, walking or standing. Although Stryker issued a worldwide recall in July 2012, thousands of patients have allegedly suffered from serious and adverse side effects due to the device. It is vital to consult your healthcare provider to determine whether the symptoms you may be experiencing are consistent with a failed hip implant and if the implant was sold and manufactured by Stryker Orthopaedics.
Injured? Contact the American Injury Attorney Group for More Information
If you have been injured or you have questions regarding hip implants, related lawsuits or the Stryker mediation cases, the affiliated attorneys at the American Injury Attorney Group can help. We will address your concerns to the best of our ability and help you to determine if you have a claim by providing you with a free, no-obligation evaluation. We will connect you with an experienced attorney who will handle your case and assist you throughout the legal process.