The U.S. District Judge presiding over all federally-filed Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits is requiring plaintiffs to notify the Court of any revision procedures they undergo for complications caused by their recalled hip implants. Approximately 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems were recalled in July 2012 following reports that recipients were experiencing a higher-than-anticipated number of complications that often resulted in revision surgeries.
If you or a loved one received a Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, no-obligation consultation, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated Stryker hip recall attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.
Modular Stems May Increase Risk of Early Device Failure
Whereas traditional types of hip replacements feature a single femoral part, the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II devices consist of a modular stem, where two components fit inside each other. This allows the surgeon to adjust the device to better match the anatomy of the patient. However, it has been reported that as the metal components rub against each other, microscopic metallic debris may accumulate in the body, increasing the risk of metal poisoning. Early device failure is also reported in these devices.
Over 5,000 product liability lawsuits have reportedly been filed on behalf of patients who allegedly experienced complications due to Stryker Rejuvenate metal on metal hips. The federal litigation has been consolidated in the District of Minnesota before a U.S. District Judge for coordinated discovery and pretrial proceedings.
In 2014, a global settlement was reached by Stryker to resolve all claims where patients underwent revision or removal surgeries on or before November 2, 2014. However, as the allegedly defective devices are still implanted in thousands of patients worldwide, more patients may require revision procedures in the future, and additional lawsuits are expected to be filed.
Court Must Be Notified of Revision Surgeries Performed After Lawsuit Filings
On April 17, a pretrial order was issued, instructing any plaintiff who undergoes a revision surgery after he or she filed a lawsuit must notify the Court within 45 days of the surgery. The “Notice of Revision Surgery” must include the basic details of the procedure and will be considered as an amendment to the individual’s prior pleadings.
Patients With Recalled Hip Replacements May Be Entitled to Damages
Patient who underwent hip replacement surgery and suffered from metal poisoning, early device failure or other complications may be entitled to compensation for their damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Often, revision surgery is required to replace the recalled metal on metal hip. Costs associated with revision surgery, including surgical and hospital charges, rehabilitation costs, and other damages may also be recoverable.
The Time to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.
If you or a loved one was fitted with a Stryker Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hip replacement and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can answer your questions, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated Stryker lawsuit attorney who can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.