Stryker Hip Lawsuit Update
Stryker hip lawsuit –attorneys note that more than 500 lawsuits stemming from Stryker hip replacement implant injuries are pending in federal court, and 640 have been filed in court in New Jersey, the home state of Stryker’s parent company, Howmedica. According to reports, more lawsuits are expected.
In the first week of February, U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank approved both a master complaint and a short form complaint for use in federal multidistrict litigation involving the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II metal-on-metal hip implants. Judge Frank is in charge of overseeing all federal Stryker hip implant lawsuits, and the two approvals are expected to make the process of filing lawsuits more efficient for plaintiffs injured by the hip implants.
The master complaint approved by Judge Frank details all of the allegations common across Stryker lawsuits, while the short form allows plaintiffs to both file individual claims and adopt claims listed in the master complaint. The two approvals are intended to ease the burden on plaintiffs. Initial Stryker hip lawsuit filings prompted the establishment of multidistrict litigation in June of 2013, about a year after the company issued a recall regarding the implants.
One of the primary advantages of multidistrict litigation is that it helps parties and the court conserve To encourage possible Stryker hip lawsuit settlements, attorneys representing the parties may choose to take certain test cases, called bellwether cases, to trial. Depending on the outcomes of these Stryker hip lawsuit bellwether trials, Stryker may be motivated to settle cases across the nation, including in Georgia.
Stryker hip lawsuits emerged around two years ago, when the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II hip implants were recalled. Since the recall, Stryker Orthopaedics recommended that all users of these Stryker implants undergo imaging tests and blood testing to monitor their blood for unsafe levels of metal ions.
The first Stryker hip lawsuit settlements were reached in December 2013 and involved four patients who settled their suits for an undisclosed amount. While these settlements may encourage other settlements, there is no guarantee of any future outcome.
In order to assist those in Georgia who have used Stryker hip implants, Attorney Group for Georgia can provide free consultations to clarify questions patients may have. The Georgia Injury Attorney Group can also help connect hip implant users with an experienced attorney who can assess their cases and talk them through their legal options. Contact Attorney Group for Georgia today for your free consultation.